Pere Ubu

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Formed 1975, Cleveland Ohio.
David Thomas (b.1953), voc; Tom Herman (b.1949), gtr; Peter Laughner (d. 1977), gtr; Mayo Thompson (b. 1944), gtr; Jim Jones (d.2008), gtr; Allen Ravenstine (b.1950), synth; Dave Taylor, synth; Eric Drew Feldman, synth; Tim Wright (d.2013), bass; Tony Maimone (b.1952), bass; Scott Krauss (b.1950), drums; Anton Fier, drums; Chris Cutler (b. 1947), drums; Garo Yellin, cello; Michele Temple (b. 1959), bass; Robert Wheeler (b.1957), EML synthesizers & theremin; Scott Benedict, drums; Steve Mehlman (b.1971), drums; Wayne Kramer, gtr; Andy Diagram (b. 1959), trumpet.

Evolving from Cleveland's Teutonic protopunks, Rocket From the Tomb, Pere Ubu was formed late in 1975 by Thomas (aka Crocus Behemoth) and guitarist Peter Laughner (who died in 1977). Ubu's classic early singles, "Heart Of Darkness" and "Final Solution," oozed restless angst way before it became the domain of spoiled mallrats. By 1978's aggressive The Modern Dance and the wilder Dub Housing, Pere Ubu's subversions of rock were guided by superior musicianship and fallout from Thomas's Jehovah's Witness upbringing. Personality quirks split the band, and Thomas regrouped for three more self-indulgent albums through 1982, including the abstract stare-down of The Art Of Walking, all with some difficult sonic perversion to recommend them.

After several Ubus found themselves onstage in Thomas's Wooden Birds, the band was revived for 1988's The Tenement Year. With newfound focus, Pere Ubu unleashed the ravishing funhouse pop experiment of 1989's Cloudland, which treated mainstream textures like found sounds. The sparkling pop, dented by Thomas's unique warble, continued with the gently peculiar Worlds In Collision. But Ubu tired of the total pop concept and returned to quirkier pursuits for Story Of My Life. Tim Kerr Records picked up the ball with 1995's full-bodied Ray Gun Suitcase--a mix of Ubu's vicious rock, luscious pop and art-damaged identities--and a series of multimedia-enhanced EPs, for which Thomas programmed the codes.
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6307 646 Pere Ubu - Dub Housing album art Pere Ubu Dub Housing (Album) Chrysalis 6307 646 Italy 1978 Sell This Version
6338 874 Pere Ubu - The Modern Dance album art Pere Ubu The Modern Dance (Album) Blank Records (2) 6338 874 Netherlands 1978 Sell This Version
6307 678 Pere Ubu - New Picnic Time album art Pere Ubu New Picnic Time (Album) Chrysalis 6307 678 Germany 1979 Sell This Version
FACT 10, FACT. 10 Pere Ubu - The Art Of Walking / Unknown Pleasures album art Pere Ubu / Joy Division Pere Ubu / Joy Division - The Art Of Walking / Unknown Pleasures(LP, MP) Factory, Factory FACT 10, FACT. 10 Italy 1980 Sell This Version
ROUGH US 4 Pere Ubu - The Art Of Walking album art Pere Ubu The Art Of Walking (Album) Rough Trade ROUGH US 4 US 1980 Sell This Version
RTL-7 Pere Ubu - 390 Degrees Of Simulated Stereo. Ubu Live: Volume One album art Pere Ubu 390 Degrees Of Simulated Stereo. Ubu Live: Volume One (Album) Rough Trade RTL-7 Japan 1981 Sell This Version
ROUGH US 21 Pere Ubu - Song Of The Bailing Man album art Pere Ubu Song Of The Bailing Man (Album) Rough Trade ROUGH US 21 UK 1981 Sell This Version
834537-4 Pere Ubu - The Tenement Year album art Pere Ubu The Tenement Year (Album) Fontana 834537-4 Greece 1988 Sell This Version
ROUGH CD 93, ROUGH US 61 Pere Ubu - One Man Drives While The Other Man Screams album art Pere Ubu One Man Drives While The Other Man Screams (Album) Rough Trade, Rough Trade ROUGH CD 93, ROUGH US 61 UK & US 1989 Sell This Version
838 237-4 Pere Ubu - Cloudland album art Pere Ubu Cloudland (Album) Fontana 838 237-4 Australia 1989 Sell This Version
PROC 37 Pere Ubu - Selections From Doolittle / Selections From Cloudland album art Pixies / Pere Ubu Pixies / Pere Ubu - Selections From Doolittle / Selections From Cloudland(Cass, Promo, Smplr) Vertigo, 4AD, Fontana PROC 37 Canada 1989 Sell This Version
848 564-2 Pere Ubu - Worlds In Collision album art Pere Ubu Worlds In Collision (Album) Fontana 848 564-2 Canada 1991 Sell This Version
none Pere Ubu - Story Of My Life album art Pere Ubu Story Of My Life (Album) Fontana none UK 1992 Sell This Version
COOK CD 089 Pere Ubu - Ray Gun Suitcase album art Pere Ubu Ray Gun Suitcase (Album) Tim/Kerr Records COOK CD 089 UK 1995 Sell This Version
BOM22061 Pere Ubu - Pennsylvania album art Pere Ubu Pennsylvania (Album) Cooking Vinyl BOM22061 Japan 1998 Sell This Version
BOM-22108 Pere Ubu - Apocalypse Now album art Pere Ubu Apocalypse Now (Album) Thirsty Ear BOM-22108 Japan 1999 Sell This Version
HR113 Pere Ubu - The Shape Of Things album art Pere Ubu The Shape Of Things (Album) Hearthan HR113 US 2000 Sell This Version
spart 108 Pere Ubu - St. Arkansas album art Pere Ubu St. Arkansas (Album) Glitterhouse Records spart 108 US 2002 Sell This Version
SV59CD Pere Ubu - Why I Hate Women album art Pere Ubu Why I Hate Women (Album) Glitterhouse Records, Glitterhouse Records SV59CD US 2006 Sell This Version
HR 119, SV69 Pere Ubu - Why I Remix Women album art Pere Ubu Why I Remix Women Hearpen Records, Smog Veil Records HR 119, SV69 US 2006 Sell This Version
HR124 Pere Ubu - Petit Ubu album art Pere Ubu Petit Ubu(CDr, Album) Hearpen.com HR124 US 2007 Sell This Version
HR140 Pere Ubu - Waltz By The Sea album art Pere Ubu Waltz By The Sea(9xFile, MP3, Album) Hearpen.com HR140 2008
HR139 Pere Ubu - Waltz Across Texas album art Pere Ubu Waltz Across Texas(10xFile, MP3, Album) Hearpen.com HR139 2008
COOK CD 497 Pere Ubu - "Long Live Père Ubu!" album art Pere Ubu With Sarah Jane Morris Pere Ubu With Sarah Jane Morris - "Long Live Père Ubu!" (Album) Cooking Vinyl COOK CD 497 Europe 2009 Sell This Version
ReR U01 Pere Ubu - London Texas album art Pere Ubu London Texas(CD, Album) ReR Megacorp ReR U01 UK & US 2009 Sell This Version

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kapervisser

kapervisser

October 6, 2017
edited over 4 years ago
The remasters sound is spot on. Almost sounding better than the originals and priced cheaply. Great job Fire Records !
nagyphilip

nagyphilip

November 20, 2016
Ohio's finest with DEVO. Essential listening: Terminal Tower, Modern Dance, Dub Housing, New Picnic Time and Art Of Walking. If you haven't heard this band yet in your life, you are in for a treat. Mostly for open-minded listeners though. A pretty difficult band at points, but great stuff! =)
FPL

FPL

December 27, 2013
On which record Wayne Kramer should play with Pere Ubu. No one! So, please update this.

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