Off To Never Neverland

We’re gonna rock this week…. but not with these guys.

So most of you don’t like Mentos music, and aren’t big fans of Devo.  That’s OK, we here at The Nest would never criticize the poor taste of our audience.  And just like Avis, we will always try harder to win the affection of your cochlea.  So for this Monday, we’re going to give it our all to pull out a rarely heard crowd pleaser from that toxic waste dump of infectious earworms we like to call the Dusty Vinyl Archive!  DJ Scratchy’s ready to rock this week, and is hoping to gain your approval after all the rotten eggs launched her way the past two weeks… which the Sponkies had to work overtime cleaning up.  Let’s run this one up the flagpole and see if anyone salutes it with more than one finger….

The next time you crack open a fortune cookie and someone laughs at you for trying to find meaning in the message inside of it, remind them that had Debora Iyall not taken a fortune cookie seriously 40 years ago, we would have never gotten the awesome early 80’s new wave/punk band Romeo Void.  And you thought those thin strips of mass produced paper just contained losing lottery numbers and a bunch of poorly written gibberish…

That’s almost as good as getting spiritual advice from a unicorn’s Magic 8 Ball.

Romeo Void didn’t stick around very long, nor did they produce a lot of nationally known music.  Their only Top 40 hit was an OKish song from 1984 “A Girl In Trouble (Is a Temporary Thing).”  While that song’s been almost entirely forgotten now, they did have an earlier song that became an underground hit… as well as a darling of early MTV.  From Romeo Void’s 1981 EP Never Say Never, here is the awesome title track!

You can skip to the 1:00 mark if you just want to hear the song….

Great beat, great bass line, great guitar, fucking awesome sax, and even Debora’s very un-divalike vocals make this such an epic win of a song!  And you can’t beat that racy line repeated during the chorus.  This one absolutely should’ve been a bigger hit, and at the very least come back into popularity once the playlist of the 80’s became classic rock.  Alas, unless you listen to radio with a very deep playlist or something that likes to play retro alternative… The Nest is the only place you’ll hear a great song like “Never Say Never.”  At least we’re good for something…

I might like you better if we slept together!

I’ll be back next Monday with another earworm submitted for your approval…

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27 Responses to Off To Never Neverland

  1. oh the glorious time as the videos were as long as movies…and even without a commercial break… a miracle.. Never say never is great and REAL muzak… it has a little bit of rocky horror picture show muzak ;o) well picked… it’s a part of my car driving playlist now ;o)

  2. Ally Bean says:

    Never heard this one before– and yes, I’m comfortable saying “never” despite whatever lesson this song is trying to teach me.

  3. Nope – this is a new one on me…….you’re right about the beat and the guitars being great, the sax was SLIGHTLY too ear piercing during his solo but otherwise fab…..but Debora just didn’t quite FIT…..interesting and overall I give it a 3,7 out of 5. (on the Teddy scale)

    Pam

  4. I do remember that group but not this song. Have to admit, it didn’t wow me. I’m now going to look for the video of A Girl in Trouble to remove this ear worm from my collective brain.

    • There was a link for it in this post if you didn’t find it already. I remember that song well since it came out right when I first discovered MTV in 1984. I love “Never Say Never” much, much more than A Girl in Trouble though…

  5. Actually pretty good song. The drummer is excellent. VERY sharp!

  6. Merbear74 says:

    Sleeping under a newspaper is on my bucket list.
    I like this song, strange that it wasn’t popular.

  7. fanrosa says:

    About time you managed to dig up a Queens of the Stone Age song….

  8. Oh, God, I hated that song! That awful lead singer was the reason. Yuck! That band deserved better.

  9. crimsonowl63 says:

    I’ve never heard of this band before. I graduated HS in 1981, but moved out of my parents’ house the same year. No cable where I moved until 1990 and I rarely watched. Okay music for this tune. Kind of 80ish before It’s time though. Singer not so great. Thought she was going to be more Lene Lovitch, but then not so much. Lyrics are horrendous. I LOVE Devo and will stick with them. They are so much more than Whip It.

    • The lyrics are definitely fucked up, and I try to tune them out and enjoy the song itself. Thank you for sticking up for Devo! Almost everyone gave them thumbs down when I used “Girl U Want” two weeks ago…

      • crimsonowl63 says:

        Oh! Sorry I missed that! Terrific song! Husband and I went to see them maybe 10 yrs back and it was OUTSTANDING! The first time I saw them they were singing Satisfaction on SNL and have loved them since. Their latest two albums are also terrific. I won’t go on and on I’ll just go back and read your post!

  10. noelleg44 says:

    You are a different generation, so I am patting myself on the back that I know Devo!

    • Devo was getting started before I was even born, and had already peaked and faded away before I was 10! I specialize in the 80’s, but I’ve listened to just about everything from the rock and roll era and know a lot of the music my parents listened to in their day…

  11. Ladybuggz says:

    !!***** YOU ROCK******!! the first few lyrics sounded familiar and as soon as the “Might of Known Better” came on…..YAY!!! I know this song well, Well chosen Winner my friend !! 🙂

  12. It feels, with the repetition of the chorus so much, as though the lyricist was Graham Kendrick…

  13. draliman says:

    Very funky. Not too bad at all!

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