Mark Mothersbaugh is perhaps best known as the faintly cyborg front man for Devo, whose cybernetic synthesis of the organic and the electronic (not to mention their pointed critiques of consumerist culture) now seem—36 years since Q: Are We Not Men? A: We Are Devo! was first released—astoundingly prescient.
On the side, he’s composed and recorded soundtracks for dozens of movies, TV shows, and video games, scoring everything from Rushmore to Rugrats, as well as creating an impressive body of visual art. His latest venture is a line of frames that he designed alongside eyewear mogul Shane Baum, who calls him “a childhood hero” and “an insanely creative guy.”
Recently EW got Mothersbaugh on the phone to discuss Mothersbaugh x Baum, Devo’s latest tour, and the upcoming theatrical release of Neil Young’s 1982 film Human Highway, which includes the most fascinatingly bizarre performance of Young’s classic “Hey Hey, My My (Into the Black)” ever committed to film.