This episode has never been shared online, Riki teases the next episode with Mr. Birchum. It’s roughly 99% complete just missing a few moments from the top of the show. The Tape is from Adam’s personal collection and seems to have been recorded at his home unlike the other rare DAT sourced recordings from Engineer Mike. The Tape was labeled August 1995, Mr. Birchum, sadly another tape for the following night has still never been found.
The album was released during a period in which the United States was mainly focused on grunge music, an angst-ridden genre that was almost the complete opposite of No Doubt’s upbeat, commercial sound. Despite strong tours, the album failed to perform as well as the record company expected it to, selling only 30,000 copies. The record company refused to fund the release of a single from it, so No Doubt released its only single “Trapped in a Box” independently. Since the band signed out of Interscope, the band independently produced and released a follow-up to No Doubt titled The Beacon Street Collection in 1995; it had a better commercial performance, selling 100,000 copies, leading Interscope to finance and support their third album Tragic Kingdom (1995).
Total Devo was the first Devo studio album without drummer Alan Myers, who was replaced by former Sparks drummer David Kendrick. This was the last Devo album to include use of the Fairlight CMI digital sampling synthesizer, which was mostly used for pre-sequencing the album, as well as for sampling in the choruses of “Some Things Never Change” and “Agitated.”
“The Shadow” has lyrics that contain numerous references to literary works. The chorus is partially lifted from T. S. Eliot‘s poem “The Hollow Men” and it incorporates and paraphrases the catchphrase from the serials following the character The Shadow (“Who knows what lurks in the hearts of men?/The shadow knows!”).
The song “Baby Doll” was used that same year in the comedy film Tapeheads, with newly recorded Swedish lyrics, and was credited to (and shown in a music video by) a fictitious Swedish band called Cube-Squared.
Total Devo was the only Devo album to be released on DAT in addition to the standard releases on vinyl, cassette and CD. At 41 minutes and thirty seconds long, it is also Devo’s longest studio album.
On July 17, 2018, Devo’s official Facebook page announced that Futurismo Inc. would be issuing a 30th anniversary two-disc deluxe edition of Total Devo, on both CD and vinyl formats.