In 1995 after the release of Brain Dead Devo Spice graduated from RIT with a BFA in Illustration and an AAS in Graphic Design. He returned to RIT for one more year to get an MST in Art Education which he received in 1996. After that Devo took a job teaching at a local community college, which meant that the summer of 1996 was his last trip "home" before permanently moving to Rochester.
As a result of not having regularly scheduled Connecticut time, production on music slowed. It was also around this time that Devo began exploring video game production and began spending much of his free time on that. He was also pursuing a career in Illustration and spent a lot of time painting and training his finely tuned marketing skills to promoting his artwork.
But he did find time to do a cover of "Weird Al" Yankovic's early song "Happy Birthday" for a tribute album put together by the people in the rec.music.dementia newsgroup. Devo volunteered to do the cover which is a painting of a ball of Al-like hair playing the accordion.
But production did continue. And it was around this time that Devo began co-hosting a weekly comedy show called Friggin' Here on RIT's radio station WITR along with Tim "TWINK!" Winkler. Tim asked Devo to join the show because he wanted access to Devo's comedy music collection, not because he thought he'd be a good co-host or anything. It was also around this time that South Park premiered on Comedy Central and Devo coincidentally heard the old school song "South Bronx" by Boogie Down Productions on another WITR show. He put the two together and began working on the parody. Meanwhile Tim interviewed Luke Ski for the show and Luke casually mentioned he was working on a South Park song. Coming fresh off his hit "Insane And The Brain" on the Dr. Demento Show, Devo knew that Luke's song would get airplay and his best shot was to beat Luke to the punch. While both songs premiered on the same show, the Sudden Death version did beat Luke Ski's to Dr. Demento's P.O. box by about a day. So there. N'yeah!
In 1998 Amanda Cohen announced that she was producing a Weird Al fan convention called AlCon. Devo planned to go, but once he convinced Amanda to let him perform he decided that it would be a good idea to release the new Sudden Death album there. As luck would have it "South Park Junkie" became a #1 hit on the Dr. Demento Show just a month and a half before the convention. The live performance of that song got Sudden Death a standing ovation at the con. It was Devo's first experience with the post-performance mad rush to the merch table. In fact, it was his only experience with the post-performance mad rush to the merch table.
released June 13, 1998
Special Thanks: Dave Flanagan, Steve Fernino, Jeff Cots, Thom Uliasz, Tim Winkler, Tony Mason, Luke Sienkowski, Andrew Whitcomb, Frenk Emsley, Sue Winter, Mike Fernino, Matt Heffernan, Kevin Serwacki, Jennifer DelGrosso, Larry Lang, Jon "Bermuda" Schwartz, "Weird Al" Yankovic, Jay Levey, Paul DeLeon, and Dr. Demento.
Mr. Zipp appears courtesy of Rant Records.
None of the Above appears courtesy of What Records.
The great Luke Ski appears courtesy of GNOME Productions.
Everyone else appears in spite of their better judgement.
Produced by Tom Rockwell.
Mixed by Steve Fernino at Music in Motion.
Illustration by Tom Rockwell.
Graphic Design by j.delgrosso
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