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Mark Mothersbaugh

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Biography

Mark Mothersbaugh is a visionary artist who has created a unique and trippy aesthetic that has influenced generations of musicians and filmmakers. He is best known for his work with Devo, the new wave band he co-founded in 1973, but he has also composed music for television shows, films, and video games. Mothersbaugh's music is often psychedelic and surreal, and it has been described as "the soundtrack to the future." He is a true original, and his work continues to inspire and amaze fans around the world. Mothersbaugh was born in Akron, Ohio, in 1950. He began playing the piano at a young age, and he was drawn to the psychedelic sounds of bands like The Beatles and The Beach Boys. After graduating from high school, he moved to Kent, Ohio, to attend Kent State University. While at Kent State, he met Jerry Casale and Bob Mothersbaugh, and the three of them formed Devo. Devo's music was a unique blend of new wave, punk, and experimental rock. They were known for their catchy melodies, their provocative lyrics, and their outrageous costumes. Their music was often psychedelic and surreal, and it was described as "the soundtrack to the future." Mothersbaugh also began composing music for television shows and films in the early 1980s. He scored the music for the popular animated series Rugrats, and he also composed the music for several films, including The Royal Tenenbaums and The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou. He also just did the soundtrack to the film Cocain Bear. In recent years, Mothersbaugh has continued to compose music for television shows, films, and video games. He has also released a number of solo albums, and he has toured extensively around the world. Mothersbaugh is a true original, and his work continues to inspire and amaze fans around the world.

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