Who doesn’t love Devo?
In case you don’t know him already, allow me to introduce you to one of the hardest working men on the grind to make the jump from ‘net fame to bigtime — Tom Rockwell, a.k.a. ‘Devo Spice.’ Tom is a certified nerd. He was a (if not ‘the’) founder of TheFuMP.com, which is basically the Mecca for geek parody music. Think of Tom as Fagin to an orphanage full of Weird Al Yankovic clones. Except that he has also done his share of time as one of the orphans as all or part of the talent behind the band/nerdcore group Sudden Death. You are really missing out if you don’t have a copy of the Fatal Error album, but really you can’t go wrong buying any of his music (Personally, My Atari is my all-time favorite Sudden Death tune), and you you should. Go right now. I’ll wait.
Back? Did you buy every song you could find? Good. I knew you would. I’ve actually had the pleasure of meeting Tom in person at Nerdrage Philly where he had the misfortune of watching me dance and the courtesy to not laugh so loud that it would hurt my feelings.
Point is, he’s a good guy, a smart guy and I would back him on just about anything. Which is why when I saw he had a Kickstarter campaign for a new project, I jumped in to pledge without even reading the details, which is a big thing for me because I’m way too poor to be throwing $5 bills all over the place. Thankfully, since then I’ve had time to go back and read over what I signed my life to, and I’m proud to announce that this time my impulses were correct.
Tom’s been hard at work concepting a new iOS game and needs our help to bring it to fruition. It’s a cool concept that I genuinely think people will love the moment they see it, but you can learn all about that when you go to the site and watch the video. But let’s be honest: the success or failure of any pop-culture entity has very little to do with quality and a lot to do with marketing. Angry Birds, Adam Carolla, VHS, AOL: all simple, lackluster and in some ways inferior products that have become pop culture juggernauts because somebody knew how to sell them. That’s the best thing about Tom’s project Rollers. The boy has a jump on the marketing with his already established fan base, he has tenacity to work the hustle, and he has you.
You? Yes you. If you jump in for a couple bucks, you buy your place on the team. You do your part to share it with your friends when it comes out, and it’s an instant success! a simple ‘like’ on Facebook and maybe a tweet and – BAM! – you’ve backed a winner! Plus, if you buy in at the right level, you’re going to get insider info and updates on the game when it comes out, and you can even work with Tom on building new levels for future updates. Seriously, imagine if you could boast at parties that level 34 of Pac Man was all your doing. This is your chance.
Get in on the ground level. Support a good man. And if nothing else, think of it as charity work to help someone who has lived his whole life in New Jersey. 😛