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With a voice like a malfunctioning duck, David Thomas is easily recognisable as the frontman and only permanent member of Cleveland area rock band Pere Ubu. The band has been through several incarnations with both line up and a sound ranging from exp...read more »

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Pere Ubu
The Long Goodbye

New Pere Ubu! More than four decades on from the release of debut LP Dub Housing and David Thomas’ legendary avant-punk band are still going strong. But could this be … the last Pere Ubu record? A title like The Long Goodbye would certainly suggest as much. Whether or not we hear from them again, The Long Goodbye is another great salvo from this incomparable band. Techno, garage rock, musique concrete, post-punk, it’s all in there.

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Final Solution

Reissue of the second and arguably best single by Pere Ubu. Controversially titled, Final Solution was informed by the bleakness of the band’s hometown, Cleveland, Ohio in the mid-seventies. It’s a prime slab of noisy, American punk rock and pretty essential to any record collection. Limited to 1000 copies, 7" on Fire, b/w Cloud 149.

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The Art of Walking

The Art of Walking was Pere Ubu's 1980 album and their fourth full length album. There had been a line up tweak with Red Krayola's Mayo Thompson replacing original guitarist Tom Herman. This resulted in a more deconstructed and abstract album that began a move away from the schizoid garage-rock they had peddled at the beginning of their career. 

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Waiting For The Bomb

Pere Ubu’s synth whizz Allen Ravenstine returns with a typically hare-brained record. Waiting For The Bomb is one of those rare LPs where you can’t really find a genre for it. It’s got a kind of Krautrock thing going on, but only in the sense that it combines acoustic and electronic instruments and has modular synths filling the space where you usually find vocals. There’s also a quality about it that leads you to think it could soundtrack a film one day, but then you’re stumped if you could say what kind of film. Related listening would be … Klaus Schulze? Amon Düül maybe? It’s good, anyway.

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Raygun Suitcase

After three albums that flirted with pop for major label, Fontana, Pere Ubu returned to the comfort of an indie label and the darker, more avant-garde sound of their origins for 1995’s Raygun Suitcase. The album received a mixed critical response but was well thought of by Rolling Stone magazine, and they tend to know their stuff. LP and CD on Fire.

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Worlds In Collision

Following a seven year break, avant-garde Ohio rockers, Pere Ubu signed to major label, Fontana for a three album run. Worlds In Collision was the second of that bunch and was originally released in 1991. For this album, legendary keyboard player Eric Drew Feldman (Captain Beefheart, The Residents) joined the band. LP and CD on Fire.

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Dub Housing

Too many Pere Ubu records have been allowed to slip out of print, so here, to coincide with some shows, the group are reissuing a few early records on Fire. Dub Housing is their second album, and represents the group at their wild, harsh best. Newly remastered from the original tapes and available on CD or LP.

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Terminal Tower

Terminal Tower was a 1985 era collection of the early singles of deconstructed industrial garage rockers Pere Ubu. The band were on hiatus at the time of release so it was as good a time as any to revisit the racket they were making a decade earlier. It features their debut 30 Seconds Over Tokyo and ten more examples of their rulebook destroying form of rock music. 

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Les Haricots Sont Pas Salés 1987-1991

This is the third and final vinyl boxset compiling remastered editions of the Cleveland veterans’ earlier albums. 1988’s The Tenement Year is a particularly solid set of tunes, less spiky and more reflectively mature than earlier work, boasting the clever yet heart-wrenching We Have the Technology. Follow-up Cloudland moves even more into commercial alt-pop territory, exemplified by the exuberant Beckett-rewrite Waiting For Mary. Worlds in Collision adds Beefheart / Residents guitarist Eric Drew Feldman. There’s also a fourth disc of previously unreleased material. This boxset represents a now somewhat overlooked period in Ubu history, where they drew on Americana from the Beach Boys to Beefheart in a unique and always interesting way, with David Thomas cast in the unlikely role of pop singer.

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20 Years In A Montana Missile Silo

Since 1976 Pere Ubu have been creating their own unique brand of art-rock and they show utterly no sign of stopping. The magnificently titled '20 Years in a Montana Missile Silo' once again sees them hunker down in a dark windowless room a create blasts of future music...this time with lots of synths.   

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Drive He Said 1994 - 2002

The Fire label have repressed three of experimental art-punks Pere Ubu’s underappreciated later albums, and included some rare bonus material as well. Drive He Said includes Raygun Suitcase, Pennsylvania and St Arkansas, albums which capture the band’s freeform intensity and their complete refusal to conform to genre. This four LP box-set also comes with a download code.

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New Picnic Time

New Picnic Time is the third album by Cleveland, Ohio’s experimental art-rockers Pere Ubu. It was originally released in 1979, it continued a run of classic albums that also included The Modern Dance and Dub Housing.The sessions for the album were so stressful that the band split after recording only to reform with Mayo Thompson replacing original guitarist Tom Herman.

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Song of the Bailing Man

Song of the Bailing Man was Pere Ubu's final LP before their first hiatus in 1982. It featured Red Krayola frontman Mayo Thompson on guitar and Anton Fier on drums. It is, like all Pere Ubu albums, both disturbing and inspired as David Thomas squeaks and squawks over their dislocated garage rock racket.    

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Architecture of Language

One-of-a-kind post-punkers Pere Ubu get the box-set treatment. Architecture of Language brings together four remastered vinyl LPs, New Picnic Time (1979), The Art Of Walking (1980), Song Of The Bailing Man (1982) and a new collection of extras. The perfect music here runs from punk, to shronking free jazz with some funk and glam thrown in too. The set comes with a lovely poster and download codes as well.
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The Hearpen Singles 1975-1977

9 wonderful early tracks from Pere Ubu’s time on the Hearpen label, 1975 to 1977. The collection opens with their classic ‘30 Seconds Over Tokyo’ and keeps on rolling from there, showcasing the best of their disorientating experimental rock. The Hearpen Singles 1975-1977 is released by the Fire label.
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Carnival Of Souls

Carnival of Souls began life as a live soundtrack to Herk Harvey's 1962 horror Carnival of Souls. The ideas were mutated into a full length album which continues the more electronic direction pursued in their previous Lady of Shanghai record. It once again shows Pere Ubu as a band who constantly take risks and re-invent their sound. Should be more like them.  
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Elitism For The People

Ol' quacker and his buddies are still going strong but this box set celebrates the early days when they emerged out of Cleveland like some kind of aliens. It contains their classic 'Modern Dance' and 'Dub Housing' albums along with 'The Hearpen Singles' collection and the 'Manhattan' 12" of live tracks. You get a free 1977 gig poster too so you can pretend you were there at the time.  
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The Pere Ubu Moon Unit

Pere Ubu Moon Unit, amazingly, is a version of Pere Ubu formed so that the band could support themselves on tour. As well as saving them the trouble of organising / watching support bands, it also opened up new angles and raw possibilities in their sound. This release captures the Moon Unit performance from Leeds’ beloved Brudenell Social Club.
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Lady From Shanghai

Thirty five years after their debut the Modern Dance, long running Cleveland OH mutant rockers Pere Ubu returned with Lady From Shanghai. As always the band were out to surprise listeners and this time the notoriously experimental collective were here to party. They revisited some of the electronic textures they had used in previous albums such as Cloudland invoking the spirit of Kraftwerk and (yes) disco.   
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Cloudland

Prior to Cloudland being released in 1989, Pere Ubu had been silent for seven years. In the intervening years the band’s only constant member, the ‘out-there’ vocalist David Thomas, had kept his hand in by releasing a solo album. Cloudland was a critical success and contained the single Waiting For Mary which earned them their only Billboard chart placing, which is quite a feat for such an avant-garde bunch. LP and CD on Fire.

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The Modern Dance

Too many Pere Ubu records have been allowed to slip out of print, so here, to coincide with some shows, the group are reissuing a few early records on Fire. The Modern Dance is their searing 1978 debut, a furiously powerful mash of industrial-tinged rock and weird concreté sounds. Remastered from the original tapes.

Sutcliffe Jugend, Ground Zero, Pere Ubu, Various
An Anthology Of Noise &; Electronic Music Vol.5


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