Pioneers Who Got Scalped: The Anthology

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Pioneers Who Got Scalped: The Anthology is a compilation album by the American new wave band Devo, released in 2000 by Rhino Records. 17 of the 50 tracks were previously unreleased on CD, including single B-sides, outtakes, remixes, soundtrack songs and spoken word material. The band recorded the long-time concert favorite "The Words Get Stuck in My Throat" (from the film The War of the Gargantuas) in the studio for the first time, specifically for inclusion on this compilation.

Pioneers Who Got Scalped: The Anthology
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Professional ratings
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AllMusic4/5 stars[1]
Rolling Stone3.5/5 stars[2]

The liner notes are by music historian Andy Zax, most famous for being the "Music Geek" on the Comedy Central program Beat the Geeks.

The title is a reference to the band's opinion that at the start of their career they were critically roasted for originating approaches that soon became common practice.[3]

Cover artworkEdit

The original Rhino package used lenticular printing to create "animated" front and back covers. The front cover animation showed tomahawks flying towards the band members who are tied to stakes, causing their energy dome hats to fly off their heads. The back cover shows the animated music executives, who were actual Rhino employees, throwing the tomahawks. The employees pictured, from front to back, are David Dorn (from, at the time, the Publicity Department), Arny Schorr (from Rhino Home Video), Mark Pinkus (from Special Markets), Bill Smith (from Radio Promotion) and Bob O'Neill (from Business Affairs).

Track listingEdit

Asterisks denote songs previously unavailable on CD.

All tracks are written by Mark Mothersbaugh and Gerald Casale, except where otherwise noted.

Disc one
1."We're All Devo!" (*)Booji Boy & General BoyFrom the short film The Beginning Was the End: The Truth About De-Evolution1:04
2."Jocko Homo (Booji Boy Version)" (*)MothersbaughB-side of "Mongoloid" (Booji Boy Version)3:18
3."Mongoloid (Booji Boy Version)"CasaleSingle A-Side3:34
4."Be Stiff (Stiff Version)"Casale, Bob LewisSingle A-side2:34
5."Uncontrollable Urge"MothersbaughQ: Are We Not Men? A: We Are Devo!3:10
6."(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction"Mick Jagger, Keith RichardsQ: Are We Not Men? A: We Are Devo!2:40
7."Too Much Paranoias"MothersbaughQ: Are We Not Men? A: We Are Devo!1:58
8."Come Back Jonee" Single A-side; from Q: Are We Not Men? A: We Are Devo!3:48
9."Triumph of the Will" Duty Now for the Future2:16
10."Smart Patrol/Mr. DNA" Duty Now for the Future2:41
11."Secret Agent Man"P. F. Sloan, Steve Barri, arr. MothersbaughSingle A-side; from Duty Now for the Future6:05
12."The Day My Baby Gave Me a Surprize"MothersbaughSingle A-side; from Duty Now for the Future3:34
13."Soo Bawlz"MothersbaughB-side of "Secret Agent Man"2:21
14."It Takes a Worried Man" (*)Traditional, arr. Tom Glazer, Donald GuardFrom the film Human Highway3:28
15."Girl U Want" Single A-side; from Freedom of Choice2:56
16."Freedom of Choice" Single A-side; from Freedom of Choice3:28
17."Gates of Steel"Casale, Mothersbaugh, Sue Schmidt, Debbie Smith[4]Freedom of Choice3:28
18."Whip It" Single A-side; from Freedom of Choice2:40
19."Snowball (Single Remix)" (*) B-side of "Freedom of Choice"; original version from Freedom of Choice2:28
20."Mr. B's Ballroom"MothersbaughFreedom of Choice2:47
21."Working in the Coal Mine"Allen ToussaintSingle A-side; bonus 7" included with some copies of New Traditionalists2:50
22."Love Without Anger" New Traditionalists2:36
23."Through Being Cool"Casale, Mothersbaugh, Bob MothersbaughSingle A-side; from New Traditionalists3:13
24."Jerkin' Back 'n' Forth" New Traditionalists3:04
25."Beautiful World" Single A-side; from New Traditionalists3:34
26."Nu-Tra Speaks (New Traditionalist Man)" (Protar)CasaleB-side of "Beautiful World" picture disc1:40
Disc two
1."General Boy Visits Apocalypse Now" (*)General BoyPreviously unreleased1:45
2."Peek-a-Boo!" Single A-side; from Oh, No! It's Devo3:02
3."That's Good" Single A-side; from Oh, No! It's Devo3:26
4."Big Mess" Oh, No! It's Devo2:45
5."One Dumb Thing" (*) Interstate '82 CD-ROM game2:45
6."Theme from Doctor Detroit (Dance Mix)" (*) Single A-side; original version from the film Doctor Detroit6:03
7."Shout" Shout3:17
8."Here to Go (Go Mix Version)" Single A-side; original version from Shout5:31
9."Are You Experienced?"Jimi HendrixSingle A-side; from Shout3:09
10."I Wouldn't Do That to You" (*) From the film Happy Hour3:14
11."Bread and Butter" (*)Larry Parks, Jay TurnbowFrom the film 9½ Weeks2:31
12."Let's Talk" (*)MothersbaughFrom the film Fright Night2:42
13."Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polka Dot Bikini" (*)Paul Vance, Lee PockrissFrom the film Revenge of the Nerds II: Nerds in Paradise2:11
14."Baby Doll (Devo Single Mix)" Single A-side; original version from Total Devo3:29
15."Disco Dancer (7-Inch Version)" Single A-side; original version from Total Devo4:13
16."Some Things Never Change" Total Devo4:11
17."It Doesn't Matter to Me (Live 1988)"MothersbaughNow It Can Be Told: DEVO at the Palace2:15
18."Stuck in a Loop" Smooth Noodle Maps3:50
19."Post Post-Modern Man" Single A-side; from Smooth Noodle Maps2:52
20."Head Like a Hole"Trent ReznorFrom the film Supercop4:52
21."Thanks to You" From the film Meet Wally Sparks3:19
22."Communication Break-up" (*)Mothersbaugh, Leslie GreifFrom the film Meet Wally Sparks2:43
23."Duty Now for the Future!" (*)General BoyFrom the short film The Men Who Make the Music0:30
24."The Words Get Stuck in My Throat" (*)Booji Boy, Akira IfukubePreviously unreleased2:49



  • Engineer – Conny Plank (tracks: 1-04 to 1-08), Devo (tracks: 1-02, 1-03, 2-06), Gordon Fordyce (tracks: 2-02 to 2-04), Howard Siegal (tracks: 1-15 to 1-20), Ken Scott (tracks: 1-09 to 1-13), Larry Alexander (tracks: 1-22 to 1-25), Bob Casale (tracks: 2-05, 2-07 to 2-22, 2-24), Robert Margouleff (tracks: 1-15 to 1-20)
  • Engineer [Assistant] – Brian Leshon (tracks: 1-09 to 1-13), Ed Delena (tracks: 2-07 to 2-09), Karat Faye (tracks: 1-15 to 1-20, 1-22 to 1-25), Phil Jost (tracks: 1-09 to 1-13), Stuart Graham (tracks: 2-02 to 2-04)[5]
  • Producer – Brian Eno (tracks: 1-04 to 1-08), Devo (tracks: 1-02, 1-03, 1-14 to 1-26, 2-01, 2-05 to 2-16, 2-8 to 2-22, 2-24), Ken Scott (tracks: 1-09 to 1-13), Roy Thomas Baker (tracks: 2-02 to 2-04)
  • Producer [In Association With] – Robert Margouleff (tracks: 1-15 to 1-20)
  • Mastered By [Remastered By] – Bill Inglot, Dan Hersch


  1. ^ Huey, Steve. "Devo – Pioneers Who Got Scalped". AllMusic. Retrieved December 25, 2016.
  2. ^ Wolk, Douglas (2000-06-08). "Devo: Pioneers Who Got Scalped (The Anthology); Album Reviews". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2016-12-25.
  3. ^ Domanick, Andrea (2018-08-29). "The Truth About Devo, America's Most Misunderstood Band". Retrieved 2020-06-03.
  4. ^ "The De-Evolution of Akron's Music", Beacon Journal, 2000-09-10, retrieved 2009-12-01
  5. ^ Second Engineer Brian Leshon