Drew Barrymore might think she’s too cool for Devo, but an all-star lineup of producers are eager to get their hands on the iconic 80s band’s new material. Though there was a rumor floating around that LCD Soundsystem mastermind and DFA co-founder James Murphy was slated to produce Devo’s first album since 1990’s Smooth Noodle Maps, frontman Mark Mothersbaugh has now denied that Murphy is producing the entire comeback record. He did, however confirm that Murphy is interested in collaborating, as well as a few other well-known DJs.
“That was a total misquote,” Mothersbaugh told LA Times’ Scott Sterling of the Murphy rumor. “Gerald [Casale] had said we were searching for people like James to work with, which somehow turned into him helming the entire album. When we contacted him to apologize for the misunderstanding, he said he’d love to work with us. We played a Japanese festival recently between Justice and Fatboy Slim, both of whom said they’d like to work with us too.”
It’s possible that all three knob twiddlers could end up contributing to the as-yet-untitled album because Mothersbaugh also said he’s “looking for some outside mixers and producers that might want to have fun with a Devo song,” adding that they could be “as deconstructive or reconstructive as they want to be.”