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Another good reason to like Devo...
« on: June 27, 2008, 01:14:52 PM »
...first band I ever saw - and they are suing McDonalds!

"Devo File Lawsuit Against McDonalds Over American Idol Happy Meal Figure
They claim it breaches copyright...

by Jason Gregory 26 June 2008
 
Devo are suing the fast-food giant McDonalds over a Happy Meal figure that they claim breaches copyright.

The band, whose were pioneers of wave music, believe the company's recent New Wave Nigel figure sports a flower pot hat which is reminiscent of their look in the 1970s.

In a message on their website, the band also claimed that New Wave Nigel emitted a “Devo-esque song”.

Devo's classic flower pot hat, which was known as the Energy Dome, was designed by bassist Gerald Casale.

According to the Australian Associated Press, Casale is quoted as saying that McDonald's didn't approach the band before the figure launched in April.

"Plus, we don't like McDonald's, and we don't like American Idol, so we're doubly offended,” Casale added.

New Wave Nigel was part of a line of action figures, which also included Disco Dave, Country Clay, Rockin' Riley and Soulful Selma, that were used to promote American Idol."
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Re: Another good reason to like Devo...
« Reply #1 on: July 08, 2008, 01:32:22 PM »
Oh I hope they didn't just take a lot of money to shut up:

"Devo and McDonalds resolve dispute 
 
Devo will not be upsizing their disagreement with McDonalds into a fully-fledged lawsuit. 

A few weeks ago, Devo’s people talked to McDonalds people about a little guy called New Wave Nigel. New Wave Nigel was a toy given away in a McDonalds Happy Meal.

The Devo peeps though that New Wave Nigel looked a lot like the Devo image, you know, that flowerpot hat fashion statement the band is known for.

The doll was part of an American Idol promotion for McDonalds.

According to the office of David Blau, the legal counsel for Devo, 'any issue with the McDonald’s New Wave Nigel promotion has been amicably resolved on mutually agreeable terms'.

While there was speculation in the media that the band was suing the hamburger chain, it wasn’t the case. Blau’s office states, 'the story about a civil action by Devo against McDonald’s is a rumour and is completely false'."
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Re: Another good reason to like Devo...
« Reply #2 on: October 15, 2008, 01:15:29 PM »
Yet another good reason...

DEVO & The Black Keys Rock Out For Obama In Battleground State
 
The legendary band DEVO and musical sensation The Black Keys will take the stage together in a show of support for presidential candidate Barack Obama at 8 p.m. Friday, October 17, 2008, at the Akron Civic Theatre in Akron, Ohio.

Twenty electoral votes are up for grabs in the swing state, and winning Ohio could play a pivotal role in winning the upcoming presidential election. 

With John McCain's campaign recently pulling out of Michigan in an effort to place more resources in states such as Ohio, band members are persuaded to show their support through a dual act.

"Ohio is where we need to be," said Mark Mothersbaugh, DEVO co-founder and frontman. "We hope to make an impact with this concert, and raise consciousness to what's happened in Ohio in the past eight years. I think that Barack Obama and Joe Biden are our only hope. That's why we are here."

The founding members of DEVO sprang from Akron in the 1970s at a time when the city was in a severe recession and dealing with the after-effects of a failed war. The band channeled that frustration into such groundbreaking hits as "Gates of Steel," "Whip It" and "Freedom of Choice."

The Black Keys, a new addition to the ticket, have been a rising sensation in Akron throughout the past decade, also a time of national economic hardships and an on-going war. They have been praised by numerous national publications and have appeared on The Late Show David with Letterman and Late Night with Conan O'Brian.

All proceeds will benefit the Summit County Democratic Party.
 


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Re: Another good reason to like Devo...
« Reply #4 on: March 09, 2011, 04:17:49 PM »
Ha ha, I gotta admit I watched a bit of "Two and a half men", sometimes it's funny, sometimes a bit boring...
Sheen is a little bit outta his head recently, it seems. Hopefully Devo can bring him back to reason. But they're Devo, not men.  :-\

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Re: Another good reason to like Devo...
« Reply #5 on: March 09, 2011, 04:24:26 PM »
Good point Uli!
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Re: Another good reason to like Devo...
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