Aggronautix’ DEVO Energy Dome Throbblehead Gets My Musical Memories Buzzing…

freedomofchoice_BHAs usual, Aggronautix hits me on the head with another nostalgia surprise from the 80’s. This one’s in a limited edition of 2000, ships out in September and you can pre-order directly from Aggronautix HERE or at Seeofsound HERE. I hadn’t listened to it in ages, but seeing this news in my inbox had smile and break out the Freedom of Choice CD and yup, it still holds up as a great collection of tunes that had appeal outside the confines of the “new wave” pigeonhole it got jammed into.

Of course, trying to put DEVO into any sort of box is a foolish endeavor, kids. They’ve always done what they do in a memorable enough manner that makes for some fine E-Z Listening no matter what the critics say…

(Thanks, DEVOvision!) 

While the Ketars and keyboards lent a synth-pop feel to the record, the stellar drum work (from the late Alan Meyers) and hard guitars throughout the LP made for some interesting cross genre airplay. “Gates of Steel” and the title track popped up on some heavy metal radio stations, “Whip it” was also a huge “crossover” hit on a few stations (and totally misunderstood by some thanks to that hilarious music video), and some of the other tunes (“That’s Pep!”, “Planet Earth”) make for pretty nice and subtle social commentary you might not grasp on that first listen. Anyway, let me shut up and get back to the present before I end up breaking out some more “oldies” from that era…

Aggronautix’ Debbie Harry Bobblehead Makes Me Feel Simultaneously Younger and Older…

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debbie harry bobbleheadWow. How’s this for bringing back those late 70’s and early 80’s music memories? Aggronautix is adding this cool Debbie Harry Bobblehead to their lineup of punk rock icons and I’ll bet it’s going to be a fast mover among some really dedicated Blondie fans out there. I’d say that Whomever sculpted this figure over at Drastic Plastic probably deserves some sort of medal, as it’s one of the better ones in Aggronautix’ nicely sized lineup. Of course, Debbie looks a lot better than G.G. Allin, Iggy Pop and a bunch of those other living and dead punkers. Yeah, Iggy is still rocking out these days, so don’t get in his face and tell him his Bobblehead is scary-looking to children and small animals.

Pre-orders are up now on the site and the figures will ship out in August, which is more than enough time for some of you to set up that shrine you’ve been planning for some time that just needed ONE more touch. And if you’re some kid asking “Um… Who’s Debbie Harry???” Pull up a chair, grasshopper and viddy this ancient live footage well:

Of course, that means your Wendy O. Williams Bobblehead has to get moved to a different location, as you don’t want it to see your new acquisition when she arrives in that striped box. I don’t think you want Wendy mad at you, so make sure you give her some space as well somewhere prominent…