There are some seriously stirred-up Devo fans out there.
The first round of our contest to see who readers believe most deserves to be in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has passed and we're down to 32 acts.
Devo was the big surprise, garnering more votes than any other act (2,527) and ousting the legendary diva Whitney Houston (474) in their bracket. The Ohio new wavers move on to face Roxy Music, who defeated Joy Division 478-312, in the next round.
Another runaway victor was Depeche Mode, grabbing 89 percent of the vote (603) in destroying New Edition (76). Next up for the Mode is Joan Jett, who took out Motley Crue by a wide margin, 486-211.
Gangsta rock pioneers N.W.A. were blown out by ... the Monkees, 503-226. That's gotta hurt some. The Monkees now move on to face the Cure, who handed the Carpenters their bell-bottoms, 498-249.
The closest contest was the Go-Go's squeezing by Lionel Richie 431-376. Guess he wasn't the one readers were looking for.
Others moving on to the round of 32 include Kiss, who beat Peter, Paul & Mary 477-275; Cheap Trick, who took out East Bay punk legends the Dead Kennedys 467-224; Def Leppard, who ousted indie-rock darlings the Replacements 378-234; Janet Jackson, who handled Deep Purple 657-535; Duran Duran, who walloped one of their own big influences, Chic, 645-172.
Iron Maiden struck a blow for the new wave of British heavy metal bands, defeating Linda Ronstadt 415-323; Fans of the Bay Area's own Journey didn't stop believin', sending the boys to a 426-266 victory over Barry White. The Cars took down Bon Jovi 535-217; and Genesis fans made it clear which era of the band they favor, sending Peter Gabriel to a 462-262 victory over Phil Collins.
Like they say in Chicago, vote early and vote often. Round Two voting ends at 2 p.m. March 26, then it's on to the Sweet 16.