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Pere Ubu – Dub Housing (1979)

Pere Ubu – Dub Housing
# Original Release Date: 1979
# Audio CD (June 22, 1999)
# Label: Thirsty Ear
# ASIN: B00000J7N1

The fine 1999 remastered reissue of the classic 1978 album originally released on Chrysalis.

This LP is now considered a landmark album in punk and modern music !

Ubu’s first masterpiece!

Listening to this recording, it’s hard to imagine that it was released in 1978. Pere Ubu is a band that has had few antecedents and few followers. Their work is an odd mix of pop hooks, noise, edgy instrumental improvisations on guitar and sax, and the always spine tingling psychovoice of Dave Thomas. Ubu is unique and in many ways hard to get into initially. My first and last Ubu experience for 20 years was the Art of Walking, the band’s “anti-rock” album and after two or three listens I sold the album (big mistake probably, since the LP is worth serious bucks now.) But picking up Dub Housing, I realize now that I was missing something quite special and prophetic.

Dub Housing is a masterpiece. From the hook rich tracks like Navvy and On the Surface to the noise experiments on Thriller, this is a forward thinking album. Moments in the recording might have roots in the art-rock of Captain Beefheart and the Magic Band, but mixed in with that is the rock drive of Iggy Pop and the Stooges, and some of the sound experiments of the Art Bears, or Henry Cow. Yet Ubu is not like any of these bands. Stand out tracks on the recording include the tense and yet funky, Navvy; the terrifying Dub Housing; the slightly wobbly Drinking Wine Spodyody, with is not-quite-together feel in the rhythm section and Dave Thomas’ warbling neurotic vocal; the almost psychobeachpop of Ubu Dance Party; the noise freakouts of Thriller and Blow Daddy-o; and the superspooky stalker music of Codex. But to me the cut that most perfectly depicts Ubu on this CD is Caligari’s Mirror. The cut is a wild take off on the sea chantey “What Can You Do With a Drunken Sailor” delivered with barely controlled paranoia by Thomas, which then morphs into a bright pop-hook chorus. The song is layered with keyboard white noise and Tom Herman’s tense guitar licks. This captures the tension in Ubu between art and rock; between paranoia and hilarity.

Pere Ubu is not easy music, though, with their well crafted pop hooks, they are more accessible than Captain Beefheart, the band they most resemble. Dave Thomas’ vocals are the signature of the band, and if you don’t like his brand of warbling and his thin tone, you won’t like Ubu. But listening now with 21st Century ears it’s hard to imagine a rock band that goes farther than Ubu. Their influence can be heard in the work of Sonic Youth, Radiohead, and perhaps arguably even Nine Inch Nails. Love them or hate them, Pere Ubu was probably one of the most important alternative bands to have come out of the 70s, and one that still sounds outré even 25 years later.

By Christopher Forbes

Tracklisting

1. navvy 2:42
2. on the surface 2:38
3. dub housing 3:42 $0.89
4. caligari’s mirror 3:51
5. Thirller! 4:41 $0.89
6. I Will Wait 1:47 $0.89
7. drinking wine spodyody 2:46
8. ubu dance party 4:49
9. blow daddy-o 3:42 $0.89
10. codex 4:55 $0.89

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October 13, 2008 Posted by | David Thomas, Music_Alternative, Music_NewWave, Music_PostPunk, Pere Ubu, _MUSIC | Leave a comment

Pere Ubu – The Modern Dance ( Blank 1978 )

Pere Ubu – The Modern Dance
Released 1978
Recorded November 1977, Suma Studios, Cleveland
Genre Post-punk
Length 36:20
Label Blank Records
Producer Pere Ubu and Ken Hamann
After just posting John Cooper Clark’s great post-punk debut, here’s another seminal debut in what could be loosely described as the “art-punk” sub-genre; this time from the David Thomas and the boys, the magnificent and supremely influential Pere Ubu.

A true classic! Kicking off with the elemental power of “Nonalignment Pact” and never relenting!

This seems as fresh today as thirty years ago! Yes, this classic is thirty fucking years old!

Truly timeless stuff!

Down it now motherfuckers!

There isn’t a Pere Ubu recording you can imagine living without. The Modern Dance remains the essential Ubu purchase (as does the follow-up, Dub Housing).

For sure, Mercury had no idea what they had on their hands when they released this as part of their punk rock offshoot label Blank, but it remains a classic slice of art-punk. It announces itself quite boldly: the first sound you hear is a painfully high-pitched whine of feedback, but then Tom Herman’s postmodern Chuck Berry riffing kicks off the brilliant “Non-Alignment Pact,” and you soon realize that this is punk rock unlike any you’ve ever heard.

David Thomas’ caterwauling is funny and moving, Scott Krauss (drums) and Tony Maimone (bass) are one of the great unheralded rhythm sections in all of rock, and the “difficult” tracks like “Street Waves,” “Chinese Radiation,” and the terrifying “Humor Me” are revelatory, and way ahead of their time. The Modern Dance is the signature sound of the avant-garage: art rock, punk rock, and garage rock mixing together joyously and fearlessly.

Tracklisting

Side one

1. “Non-Alignment Pact” – 3:18
2. “The Modern Dance” – 3:28
3. “Laughing” – 4:35
4. “Street Waves” – 3:04
5. “Chinese Radiation” – 3:27

Side two

1. “Life Stinks” (Peter Laughner) – 1:52
2. “Real World” – 3:59
3. “Over My Head” – 3:48
4. “Sentimental Journey” – 6:05
5. “Humor Me” – 2:44

Personnel

* Tom Herman – guitar
* Scott Krauss – drums
* Tony Maimone – bass
* Allen Ravenstine – EML synthesizer, sax
* David Thomas – vocals, musette

Here be the real music

http://rapidshare.com/files/143076143/PU_MD.rar.html

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September 8, 2008 Posted by | Music_PostPunk, Pere Ubu, _MUSIC | Leave a comment

Pere Ubu – WFMU Radio Broadcast – The Cherry Blossom Clinic, 21st April 2007

https://i1.wp.com/www.mic.gr/dbimages/2066_1.jpgPere Ubu – WFMU Radio Broadcast
The Cherry Blossom Clinic, 21st April 2007


WAV MP3 / MP3 256Kbps / File Size 62 MB /Time 33:54

Man, I haven’t heard from these boys in a long time! Great to hear the geniuses of post-punk angsty wonder!

Mr Thomas and compadres sound as good as ever!


Tracklisting

1.Babylonian warehouse.
2.Caroleen.
3.Electricity.
4.Flames over Nebraska.
5.Folly of youth.
6.Stolen cadillac.
7.Street waves.

David Thomas – vocals
Keith Moline – guitar
Michele Temple – bass
Steve Mehlman – drums
Robert Wheeler – EML / Theremin / Electronics

Here be Ubu:

http://rapidshare.com/files/10…..y.rar.html

Thanks to the original poster

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March 31, 2008 Posted by | Music_Alternative, Pere Ubu, _MUSIC | Leave a comment

Pere Ubu – WFMU Radio Broadcast – The Cherry Blossom Clinic, 21st April 2007

https://i1.wp.com/www.mic.gr/dbimages/2066_1.jpgPere Ubu – WFMU Radio Broadcast
The Cherry Blossom Clinic, 21st April 2007


WAV MP3 / MP3 256Kbps / File Size 62 MB /Time 33:54

Man, I haven’t heard from these boys in a long time! Great to hear the geniuses of post-punk angsty wonder!

Mr Thomas and compadres sound as good as ever!


Tracklisting

1.Babylonian warehouse.
2.Caroleen.
3.Electricity.
4.Flames over Nebraska.
5.Folly of youth.
6.Stolen cadillac.
7.Street waves.

David Thomas – vocals
Keith Moline – guitar
Michele Temple – bass
Steve Mehlman – drums
Robert Wheeler – EML / Theremin / Electronics

Here be Ubu:

http://rapidshare.com/files/10…..y.rar.html

Thanks to the original poster

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March 31, 2008 Posted by | Music_Alternative, Pere Ubu, _MUSIC | Leave a comment