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“People watching him thought we were using a drum machine,” he told the Associated Press. “Nobody had ever drummed like that.” Gerald Casale.
The longtime drummer of the band Devo, best known for its 1980 hit “Whip It,” died on Monday in Los Angeles. He was 58.
His death was confirmed by Michael Pilmer, a spokesman for Devo. Mr. Myers had brain cancer.
Mr. Myers was Devo’s drummer during the band’s heyday, from 1976 to 1985.
Devo (short for “devolution”) was formed in Akron, Ohio, in the early 1970s by the singer Mark Mothersbaugh and the bassist Gerald Casale. Known for its use of electronics and its herky-jerky rhythms, the group made its initial breakthrough in 1977 with its version of the Rolling Stones hit “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction.”
Mr. Myers was not an original member, but he joined Devo long before it became an MTV staple and played on its earliest albums.
Mr. Casale told The Associated Press on Wednesday that Devo would never have reached the heights it did without Mr. Myers, whom he called the best drummer he had ever played with.
“We were mostly in basements and garages writing songs. It was Alan that brought everything to life,” Mr. Casale said. “That was the catalyst where everything clicked.”
“People watching him thought we were using a drum machine,” he added. “Nobody had ever drummed like that.”
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