Essential Music Videos: [I Can’t Get No] Satisfaction by Devo

The Essential Music Video series features different music videos, both new and old, that are great or historically relevant in some respect

This is a relatively early music video for the 1977 Devo cover of The Rolling Stones’ “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction”. Obviously the original song is one of the most iconic of music history, but Devo manages to stamp their version as uniquely their own, with a frenetic energy.

The video itself does a great job matching the frenetic energy of the music, with fast-paced edits and repetitive cuts matching moments from the song. It brings to mind future music videos by bands such as OK Go and The Avalanches. While it maybe doesn’t tell a coherent story as we sometimes expect music videos to do, it’s very visually interesting, especially with Devo’s signature yellow jump suits.

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