Pere Ubu

Pere Ubu

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.


Pere Ubu Discography Tracks


Pere Ubu Dub Housing (Album) Chrysalis Italy 1978 Sell This Version
Pere Ubu The Modern Dance (Album) Blank Records (2) Netherlands 1978 Sell This Version
Pere Ubu New Picnic Time (Album) Chrysalis Germany 1979 Sell This Version
Pere Ubu The Art Of Walking (Album) Rough Trade US 1980 Sell This Version
Pere Ubu 390 Degrees Of Simulated Stereo. Ubu Live: Volume One (Album) Rough Trade Japan 1981 Sell This Version
Pere Ubu Song Of The Bailing Man (Album) Rough Trade UK 1982 Sell This Version
Pere Ubu The Tenement Year (Album) Fontana Greece 1988 Sell This Version
Pere Ubu One Man Drives While The Other Man Screams (Album) Rough Trade, Rough Trade UK & US 1989 Sell This Version
Pere Ubu Cloudland (Album) Fontana US 1989 Sell This Version
Pere Ubu Worlds In Collision (Album) Fontana Netherlands 1991 Sell This Version
Pere Ubu Story Of My Life (Album) Imago (3) UK 1992 Sell This Version
IM28058-2-DJ Pere Ubu Kathleen(CD, MiniAlbum, Promo) Imago (3) IM28058-2-DJ US 1993 Sell This Version
Pere Ubu Ray Gun Suitcase (Album) Tim/Kerr Records UK 1995 Sell This Version
Pere Ubu Warning Bells Are Ringing (Pere Ubu Box Set Preview) (Album, Comp) Cooking Vinyl US 1996 Sell This Version
Pere Ubu Pennsylvania (Album) Cooking Vinyl Japan 1998 Sell This Version
Pere Ubu Apocalypse Now (Album) Thirsty Ear Netherlands 1999 Sell This Version
HR113 Pere Ubu The Shape Of Things(CD, Album) Hearthan HR113 US 2000 Sell This Version
Pere Ubu St. Arkansas (Album) Glitterhouse Records US 2002 Sell This Version
Pere Ubu Why I Hate Women (Album) Glitterhouse Records US 2006 Sell This Version
Pere Ubu Why I Remix Women Hearpen Records, Smog Veil Records US 2006 Sell This Version
HR140 Pere Ubu Waltz By The Sea(9xFile, MP3, Album) HR140 2008
HR139 Pere Ubu Waltz Across Texas(10xFile, MP3, Album) HR139 2008
Pere Ubu With Sarah Jane Morris Pere Ubu With Sarah Jane Morris - "Long Live Père Ubu!" (Album) Cooking Vinyl Europe 2009 Sell This Version
ReR U01 Pere Ubu London Texas(CD, Album) ReR Megacorp ReR U01 UK & US 2009 Sell This Version
Pere Ubu Lady From Shanghai (Album) Fire Records Europe 2013 Sell This Version

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October 6, 2017
edited 7 months ago
The remasters sound is spot on. Almost sounding better than the originals and priced cheaply. Great job Fire Records !


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! =)


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

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