"Through Being Cool" as written by and Mark Allen/mothersbaugh Mothersbaugh....
We're through being cool
Eliminate the ninnies and the twits
Going to bang some heads
Going to beat some butts
Time to show those evil spuds what's what
If you live in a small town
You might meet a dozen or two
Young alien types who step out
And dare to declare
Spank the pank who try to drive you nuts
Time to clean some house
Be a man or a mouse
Waste those who make it tough to get around
If you live in a big place
Many factions underground
Chase down mister hinky dink
So no trace can be found
Put the tape on erase
Rearrange a face
We always liked Picasso anyway
Mash 'em


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"Through Being Cool" as written by Mark Mothersbaugh Gerald V. Casale

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  • +2
    General CommentAwesome song that I listened to hundreds of time back in the 80's when they released the NT album. what makes this a great song is that its "DEVO" claiming that they're Through Being Cool.... I mean, do you really think that anyone (even themselves) thought they were cool? Beyond that however the "..rearrange your face, we always liked Picasso anyway.." lines are great. Funny thing about "Not" being cool is that the Mothersbaugh brothers went on to make a heck of a lot more money and acclain than many of their alledged "cool" peers from back in the day. I always thought Devo were a perfect band for the 80's, fun, politically and socially astute, and just plain goofy at times. I understand that they are quie smart, perhaps even Mensa members? should this be the case, I would like them to build a time machine so I could travel back to 1985!
    rhombuson August 21, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI think it's about being true to yourself, not worrying about being "cool," even to such an extent that you fight against "cool" people. The "young alien types" are the disaffected Devo fans who are urged to confront the "evil spuds" - people who might be "cool" but are hurting everyone/society.
    Dubious Meriton April 17, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis song really should have made it to the soundtrack to Heavy Metal (the movie).

    This has always been one of my favorite songs (Devo or otherwise).
    Major Valoron August 17, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentHahahaha, I tend to think of this song as poking fun at (contemporary)hipsters-even though that was 20 years after this song was recoreded!
    Sozlukon April 16, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think this song's about being one of those weird, geeky little kids and finally getting back at the mean popular kids who are always teasing you, making fun of you, and generally tormenting you.
    Homepieon November 07, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThis song is another one where seeing the video is essential to getting the meaning. The Smart Patrol is DEVO's idea of a kids clique. They arm them and dress them and in the video they go around and eliminate the people that DEVO sees as ridiculous in contemporary society.

    Thats what the whole song is about.
    Neonsolidon July 19, 2007   Link
  • 0
    My OpinionThe actual music is also important to interpreting the song. Devo's new post "Whip It" audience was presumably looking forward to hearing a new hit from their favorite band, so New Traditionalists opens with - a melody-lacking tune that wasn't going to get anywhere near Casey Kasem's Top 40.

    Then again, the full electronic nature of the song may be directed toward Devo's older fans, who were decrying the band's move away from guitars.
    empopriseson July 13, 2016   Link

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