Remember "Square Pegs"? The 80s teen-girl sitcom with Sarah Jessica Parker? You can admit it, it's okay. If DEVO was on the show, it definitely won't ruin your street cred -- and apparently it's only improving theirs. One DEVO member now tells tales of coke, debauchery and sexual innuendo (oh my!) on the set.
The band headlined a "new wave Bat Mitzvah" in an episode of the show, and while the 30 minutes of squeaky clean fun that aired might have been G-rated, the behind-the-scenes antics apparently were anything but.
After we spoke to the band ourselves last month, we find it hard to imagine the now middle-aged men of DEVO blowing lines with underage actresses, but bassist/synthesizer player Gerald V. Casale gave Heeb Magazine the low down.
"The girls were out of control—they were doing drugs and they were making out and they were coming on to us in a big way,” says Gerald V. Casale, DEVO bassist/synthesizer player. The musician vaguely recalls doing coke with Jami Gertz and SJP in the talent trailers. “They might have been 15 or 16, but in their heads they were already 40. I don’t think there was a virgin on the set, except maybe a couple of the guys,” he adds.
The story goes onto explain further tales of debauchery, including the video projection the band pieced together to accompany their live performance. Let's just say it's a coming of age story. As Heeb continues, Casale was bummed that the video didn’t make primetime, but that wasn’t his only regret after filming the famous episode: He had the hots for Jami Gertz, who played Bat Mitzvah girl Muffy Tepperman. “Why didn’t I do something about that?” he says.