He helped create a song that virtually everyone knows and gets stuck in their head at least once or twice very year. Whip It is still as catchy as it was when Devo put it out for the first time back in the 1980s, but one of the minds behind the song has died.
Very sad news to report today.
Bob Casale of Devo. Born: July 14th, 1952 . Deceased: February 17th, 2014
As an original member of Devo, Bob Casale was there in the trenches with me from the beginning. He was my level-headed brother, a solid performer and talented audio engineer, always giving more than he got. He was excited about the possibility of Mark Mothersbaugh allowing Devo to play shows again. His sudden death from conditions that lead to heart failure came as a total shock to us all.
Casale was an original member of the band and rose to fame along with his partners when Whip It became a one-hit wonder classic. It’s a song that every generation has listened to and all future generations will as well.
That perhaps is the greatest tribute to Casale, as he achieved immortality thanks to something as simple an insanely catchy 80s tune.