Mark Mothersbaugh: The Craziest Day of My Entire Career

1st October 2021

Mark Mothersbaugh doesn’t need much of an introduction. He’s a composer who’s worked in TV and film for almost 40 years now. And, of course, he’s also the co-founder and frontman of Devo, the beloved new wave/post-punk band. The band got its start in Ohio in the early 1970s, and had hits like 1980’s Whip It. And they’re touring again! So we figured we’d reach out to Mothersbaugh for a segment we call The Craziest Day of my Entire Career, and boy oh boy, did he deliver! This story has it all: celebrities, disco, wild miscommunication, Andy Warhol. You should also know that there’s some drug use and descriptions of violence in this segment. Mark is still scoring movies and TV shows — you can hear his music in the upcoming movie Hotel Transylvania: Transformania, which also stars former Bullseye guests Kathryn Hahn and Steve Buscemi.

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Mark Mothersbaugh doesn’t need much of an introduction.

He’s a composer who’s worked in TV and film for almost 40 years now. That includes classics like Pee-Wee’s Playhouse, Rushmore, and Taika Waititi’s Thor: Ragnarok.

And, of course, he’s also the co-founder and frontman of Devo, the beloved new wave/post-punk band. The band got its start in Akron, Ohio, in the early 1970s, and had hits like 1980’s Whip It.

And, guess what: Devo is back, baby! They’re touring the US with a handful of dates, still as fun as ever. So we figured we’d reach out to Mothersbaugh for a segment we call The Craziest Day of my Entire Career. And boy oh boy, did he deliver! This story has it all: celebrities, disco, wild miscommunication, Andy Warhol. You should also know that there’s some drug use and descriptions of violence in this segment.

Mark is still scoring movies and TV shows — you can hear his music in the upcoming movie Hotel Transylvania: Transformania, which also stars former Bullseye guests Kathryn Hahn and Steve Buscemi.

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