Die Laughing

by Sudden Death

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about

After the release of Fatal Accident Zone Devo Spice was invigorated and decided he should try to focus on his music, as opposed to the video games that took up so much of his time over the past few years, although the video games did bring in quite a bit of money. Actually Devo probably made more on the video games than he will ever make doing music so this may not have been the best decision.

To that end the Sudden Death web site was overhauled from the Shockwave based, highly-interactive, but very impractical web site, to a more modern PHP/MySQL solution with a custom back end which allowed Devo to keep it the content updated easily. The new site launched in 2003 and hasn't changed much since. It is now long overdue for an overhaul.

The other thing Devo started doing was performing more in an attempt to build an audience. He began performing at conventions besides I-CON, getting shows at small clubs in New York and New Jersey, and even producing his own shows. The Oddfest took place in 2003 and while Devo had met Shoebox of Worm Quartet online the year before, this show was what got them together for the first time in person. Ironically, Shoebox moved to Rochester shortly after Devo moved out.

That pairing lead to Sudden Death's biggest hit to date. Devo came up with an idea for a song wherein he ranted and raved about the little voice in his head that gave him such great advice and Shoebox would be that voice. The result was "Inner Voice," the #1 most requested song of 2005 on the Dr. Demento Show. That countdown also featured "Spam" at #10.

This album was also the best sounding album to date as Devo learning some mastering techniques after he was never able to come up with a mix of "Ozzman," another hit song from the album, that he was satisfied with. "Ozzman" featured the great Luke Ski doing the voices of both Ozzy Osbournce and Beavis and Butthead. At this point it should be clear that Devo's real talent is finding people funnier than him and putting them on his songs.

In 2004 Devo and Jen welcomed their daughter Lauren into the world. When this album was released Jen was pregnant with their second child Darren. However, it would be several years before the kids were old enough to be of any musical use to Devo.

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released April 1, 2005

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Sudden Death Hardyston Township, New Jersey

In 1986 comedy-rapper Devo Spice formed a group called Sudden Death. In 1990, shortly after their first song aired on Dr. Demento, Devo restructured the group and went solo, but kept the group name. He continued recording and performing like this until late 2008 after 8 albums and several #1 hits on Dr. Demento. This is the entire Sudden Death catalog. ... more

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