Bob Casale

A key member of cult favorites Devo, multi-instrumentalist Bob Casale helped to shape the band's weird and wonderful synth-pop sound before turning his considerable talents to the field of sound engineering. Born in ... Read more »

Born: 07/13/1952 in Kent, Ohio, USA

Filmography

Music (29)

Class of 3000 Christmas Special 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Composer

Mama's Boy 2007 (Movie)

Music Scoring Mixer/Score Programmer (Score Mixing)

The Dog Problem 2007 (Movie)

Original Music Producer (Music Producer)

The Dog Problem 2007 (Movie)

Musician (Music)

The Dog Problem 2007 (Movie)

Original Music Engineer (Music Engineer)

How to Eat Fried Worms 2006 (Movie)

("Yum Yum Yum") (Song Performer)

How to Eat Fried Worms 2006 (Movie)

(Music Producer)

How to Eat Fried Worms 2006 (Movie)

(Music Engineer)

Herbie: Fully Loaded 2005 (Movie)

Arrangements and Electronic Score Production (Music Arranger)

Lords of Dogtown 2005 (Movie)

(Score Mixing)

The Ringer 2005 (Movie)

Mixer (Score Mixing)

Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen 2004 (Movie)

(Music Engineer)

The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou 2004 (Movie)

Score Recorder & Mixer (Score Mixing)

A Guy Thing 2003 (Movie)

Score Co-Producer (Music Producer)

A Guy Thing 2003 (Movie)

Mutato Muzika Engineer (Music Engineer)

Rugrats Go Wild 2003 (Movie)

Music Recorder (Music)

Thirteen 2003 (Movie)

Assistant Engineer (Music Engineer)

Rugrats 1991 - 2002 (TV Show)

Music

Welcome to Collinwood 2002 (Movie)

Score Engineer (Music Engineer)

The Royal Tenenbaums 2001 (Movie)

music engineer (Music)

Rugrats in Paris - The Movie 2000 (Movie)

("Chuckie Chan (MartiaL Arts Expert of Reptarland)") (Song Performer)

Drop Dead Gorgeous 1999 (Movie)

music mixer & engineer (Music)

TV Guide Awards 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Music

A Rugrats Chanukkah 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Music

Happy Gilmore 1996 (Movie)

music mixer & producer (Music)

Adventures in Wonderland 1991 - 1995 (TV Show)

Music

Four Rooms 1995 (Movie)

music engineer (Music)

It's Pat 1994 (Movie)

music engineer (Music)

Frosty Returns (TV Show)

Music
Sound (2)

Sorority Boys 2002 (Movie)

orchestra recorder & mixer (Sound Mixer)

The New Age 1994 (Movie)

recording engineer (Sound)
Actor (1)

Video Killed the Radio Star 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor
Other (3)

Envy 2004 (Movie)

Score Consultant (Consultant)

The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle 2000 (Movie)

(score) engineer & produce) (Other)

Rushmore 1998 (Movie)

score recorder (Other)

Biography

A key member of cult favorites Devo, multi-instrumentalist Bob Casale helped to shape the band's weird and wonderful synth-pop sound before turning his considerable talents to the field of sound engineering. Born in Kent, OH in 1952, Casale initially trained as a medical radiation technologist before he was invited by brother Gerald to join new wave pioneers Devo in 1973. Regularly credited as Bob 2 to avoid any mix-up with bandmate Bob Mothersbaugh, guitarist, keyboardist and backing vocalist Casale often faded into the background on stage but was undoubtedly an integral part of the group who briefly penetrated the mainstream with 1980's Freedom Of Choice and its U.S. Top 20 hit single, "Whip It." After playing a nuclear garbage man in the bizarre Neil Young comedy "Human Highway" (1982), Casale's role in the band became even more significant when he took up sound engineering duties on their 1984 LP, Shout, a position he also fulfilled on 1988 follow-up Total Devo, 1990 swansong Smooth Noodle Maps and 2010 comeback album, Something For Everybody. In 1986, he showcased his behind-the-scenes skills for the first time outside the group when he engineered XYZ, the debut solo record from The Police guitarist Andy Summers. Casale continued to establish himself as a talented engineer by working with comic parodists Barnes & Barnes, avant-garde pop project Martini Ranch and Californian punksters The Vandals as well as taking up mixing duties on bandmate Mark Mothersbaugh's brace of solo instrumental albums. Following Devo's split in 1991, Casale joined the latter's Mutato Muzika production company where he made his first major foray into film/TV work by engineering the soundtrack to the critically-panned comedy anthology "Four Rooms" (1995). Preferring to be credited under the name Robert Casale, he then became a permanent fixture of Hollywood scores and soundtracks, contributing to Adam Sandler's golfing comedy "Happy Gilmore" (1996), several episodes of hit children's animation "Rugrats" (Nickelodeon 1991-2004) and Wes Anderson's first three films: "Bottle Rocket" (1996), "Rushmore" (1998) and "The Royal Tenenbaums" (2001). He also later cropped up as a performer on the soundtracks to black comedy "The Big White" (2005) and the big-screen adaptation of beloved children's book "How To Eat Fried Worms" (2006). Following his last major film credit on slacker comedy "Mama's Boy" (2007), Casale returned to the Devo fold for the band's first new studio effort in twenty years and teamed up with brother Gerard to set up an online school which taught participants how to write using music digital tools. Sadly in 2014, just nine months after Devo drummer Alan Myers died of stomach cancer, Casale passed away suddenly from a health complication that led to heart failure at the age of 61.

Milestones

1991

Joins film/TV music production company Mutato Muzika, formed by Devo frontman Mark Mothersbaugh

1984

Receives first engineering credit on Devo's Shout

1973

Teams up with brother Gerald in new wave pioneers Devo

Bonus Trivia

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Casale has appeared as himself in "Square Pegs" (CBS, 1982-83), "The Spirit Of '76" (1990) and "Ellen" (ABC, 1994-98).

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Casale has also composed music for animated short "The Groovenians" (2002) and co-produced David Byrne's fifth solo LP, Feelings.

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"We took people out of their daily lives, we tried to lift them up out of the grime and the grunge of their daily existence and give them an alternative - to turn them on in a number of ways, to remove them from the menial, petty things they had to deal with everyday." Casale quoted on Under The Radar about Devo, Dec. 4, 2012.

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