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  • Real name : Mark Allen Mothersbaugh
  • Date of birth : 18/05/1950

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Mark Mothersbaugh (1950)

Mark Allen Mothersbaugh

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Mark Allen Mothersbaugh is an American musician, composer, singer and painter. He is the co-founder of the new wave band Devo and has been its lead singer since 1972. His other musical projects include work for television series, films, and video games.

  Biography  

 career
Mothersbaugh attended Kent State as an art student, where he met Devo co-founders Jerry Casale and Bob Lewis. In early 1970, Lewis and Casale formed the idea of the "devolution" of the human race; Mothersbaugh, intrigued by the concept, joined them, building upon it with elements of early poststructuralist ideas and oddball arcana, most notably unearthing the infamous Jocko-Homo Heavenbound pamphlet . This culminated in 1973, when the trio started to play music as Devo.

Since Devo, Mothersbaugh developed a successful career writing musical scores for film and television. In film, Mothersbaugh has worked frequently with filmmaker Wes Anderson, and scored most of his feature films (Bottle Rocket, Rushmore, The Royal Tenenbaums and ''The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou).

His music has been a staple of the children's television shows Rugrats, Beakman's World, and Clifford the Big Red Dog. He also wrote the theme song for the new Felix the Cat show for Film Roman, some music for Pee-Wee's Playhouse in 1990 and the theme song for The New Super Mario World for DiC Entertainment in 1991.

Mothersbaugh and Casale have also produced much of Toni Basil's music.

Mothersbaugh is also known for his music in video games including Sony's Crash Bandicoot series, the Jak and Daxter series, and EA Games's The Sims 2. This work is often performed with Mutato Muzika, the music production company he formed with several other former members of Devo including his brother, Bob Mothersbaugh.

Mothersbaugh composed "Having Trouble Sneezing", the distinctive music heard in the award-winning "Get a Mac" commercials for Apple Inc.

Mark Mothersbaugh composed the score for the first season of the television series Big Love, which stars Bill Paxton. Mark Mothersbaugh was replaced after one season by David Byrne of Talking Heads. Mark Mothersbaugh also composed the theme music for the American television show Eureka broadcast on the SyFy channel.

He currently hosts a drawing segment on Nick Jr's television series, Yo Gabba Gabba! called Mark's Magic Pictures, teaching children how to draw simple pictures that often come alive at the end of the segment. He also currently composes the score of the Cartoon Network TV series Regular Show, whose style and attitude is partly an homage to the Wes Anderson films Mark has worked on.

 personal life
At the age of seven, he was taken to the optometrist, where he obtained his first pair of glasses and saw the world properly for the first time. He designs his own distinctive eyewear and they are made for him by a Los Angeles, California shop called LA Eyeworks.

After truly "experiencing" the world for the first time when his vision was corrected, Mothersbaugh started to draw, and his second grade teacher praised his work. That same night he had dreamed of being a famous artist. In addition to music, Mothersbaugh still paints – in a style influenced by surrealism and Andy Warhol.

He graduated from Woodridge High School of Peninsula, Ohio.

Mothersbaugh has been married to his wife Anita since the early '90s and they have two adopted daughters, Hope and Margaret. They all share 3 pugs.

Mark Mothersbaugh was honored with the prestigious Richard Kirk award at the 2004 BMI Film and TV Awards. The award is given annually to a composer who has made significant contributions to film and television music.

On May 10, 2008, Mothersbaugh was awarded an honorary doctorate of humane letters from Kent State University.

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Name Duration Released
Activation and the Jell-O Dome 01:39 2009
Outside the Meatball 01:57 2009
Spray-On Triumph 01:55 2009
Sam's Big Break 00:50 2009
The Mayor's Big Plan 01:16 2009
The Mission Begins 02:36 2009
The Heart of the Meatball 01:17 2009
The Mayor/Earl Warns Flint 01:17 2009
Snowball! 01:15 2009
The Food Storm 02:08 2009
Here's the Cheese 01:25 2009
The Latest Invention 01:23 2009
Ice Cream Wonderland 01:22 2009
Flint's Determination 02:44 2009
Attack of the Gummi Bears 01:40 2009
Introducing Flint 04:16 2009
A Father's Love 01:19 2009
Aftermath 02:26 2009
Anaphylactic Love 01:41 2009
Swallow Falls 00:47 2009
Meatier Shower 03:10 2009
The Spaghetti Twister 03:08 2009
Worldwide Chaos 00:57 2009
Baby, I Love Your Way 04:43 2009
Raining Sunshine 03:44 2009
Failure Again 01:54 2009
Doubting Dad/Mutations 02:57 2009
Sentient Chickens 02:42 2009
Sunshine, Lollipops, and Rainbows 01:37 2009
Sam and Flint Bond 02:00 2009
Earl Takes Charge 02:00 2009
Flint Returns 03:31 2009
Powering Up 01:05 2009

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