Devo / The Flaming Lips: Gates of Steel (live)


Format: 7″

Label: Warner Brothers

Country: US

Year: 2014

Price paid: $7.99

Purchased at: The Soundgarden, Syracuse NY


The earth it moves too slow, but the earth is all we know.

‘Gates of Steel’ is a track originally from Devo’s third studio album, 1980’s ‘Freedom of Choice. It made an appearance a year later on the live album and EP ‘DEV-O Live.’ It was not released as a single (until now) and did not chart.

Part of Warner’s ‘Side By Side’ series, this 2014 Record Store Day (RSD) release was limited to 7,500 copies. The Devo version comes from the 1981 ‘DEV-O Live’ EP, while the Flaming Lips version was previously unreleased. Theoretically the single is a tribute to Bob Casale (Bob 2) who died on February 17 this year, but that’s unconfirmed.

Aesthetically there’s not too much to talk about. It’s a silver-colored disc in a clear plastic sleeve… but isn’t that enough? The ‘wrinkles’ in the vinyl are caused by a purposefully uneven mixing of pigment during the pressing process.

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