Their 1980 hit "Whip It" peaked at number 14 on the Billboard charts. The song's air time on MTV and use on LaserDisc helped being the art of the music video to the forefront of culture.
Their 1978 debut album Q: Are We Not Men? A: We Are Devo! was certified Gold in the U.S. They went on hiatus from 1991 to 1996.