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Pere Ubu

Pere Ubu (1977) - Left to Right: David Thomas, Tony Maimone, Allen Ravenstine, Scott Krauss, Tom Herman
Background information
Origin Cleveland, OH, USA
Genre(s) Experimental rock
Art punk
Post-punk
Alternative rock
Proto-punk
Years active 1975–1982
1987–present
Label(s) Blank Records
Chrysalis Records
Rough Trade Records
Fontana Records
Imago Records
Tim/Kerr Records
Thirsty Ear Records
Smog Veil Records
Associated
acts
Rocket From the Tombs
The Red Krayola
Home and Garden
Website Official Website
Members
David Thomas
Keith Moliné
Michele Temple
Robert Wheeler
Steve Mehlman
Former members
Peter Laughner
Allen Ravenstine
Tony Maimone
Scott Krauss
Eric Drew Feldman
Tim Wright
Mayo Thompson
Anton Fier
Chris Cutler
Garo Yellin

Pere Ubu are a rock music group formed in Cleveland, Ohio, in 1975. Despite many long-term band members, singer David Thomas is the only constant. The group is named after the protagonist of Ubu Roi, a play by Frenchman Alfred Jarry. [1] Image File history File links Download high-resolution version (1671x1273, 589 KB) This is a copyrighted image that has been released by a company or organization to promote their work or product in the media, such as advertising material or a promotional photo in a press kit. ... This article is about the city in the state of Ohio. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Experimental rock or Avant rock is a type of art music based on rock and roll which experiments with the basic elements of the genre, and/or which pushes the boundaries of common composition and performance technique. ... This article is being considered for deletion in accordance with Wikipedias deletion policy. ... Post punk generally refers to the particularly fertile and creative period following the initial punk rock explosion. During the first wave of punk, roughly spanning 1976-1983, bands such as The Sex Pistols, The Clash, The Ramones and The Damned began to challenge the current styles and conventions of rock... Alternative rock (also called alternative music or simply alternative; known primarily in the UK as indie) is a genre of rock music that emerged in the 1980s and became widely popular in the 1990s. ... Protopunk is a term used to describe a number of performers who were important precursors of punk rock, or who have been cited by early punk rockers as influential. ... This does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Chrysalis logo (1987-2005) Chrysalis Records is a record label that was created in 1969. ... Rough Trade Records, now a member of the RIAA[1], began as an independent record label, based in London, England. ... Fontana Records was a record label active in the United Kingdom and the United States in the 1960s, as a subsiduary of the Dutch Phillips company. ... Rocket From The Tombs was an American rock band that formed in the summer of 1974. ... The Red Crayola was a psychedelic, avant-garde rock band from Austin, Texas in the late 1960s made up of art students and led by singer/guitarist and visual artist Mayo Thompson. ... David Thomas (born 1953) is an American singer, songwriter, and musician. ... Keith Moliné is currently the guitarist for Pere Ubu. ... Peter Laughner pioneered the primitive punk-rock genre, the new wave genre, and also the post-punk genre. ... Eric Drew Feldman is an American keyboard and bass guitar player. ... As the brains behind the band Red Crayola (Krayola) Mayo Thompson is also known for one solo work of particular importance, Corkys Debt to His Father. ... Anton Fier, born: June 20, 1956 in Cleveland, Ohio, United States, is a drummer, composer and bandleader. ... Chris Cutler (born January 4, 1947) is an English percussionist, composer, lyricist and music theorist. ... For other uses, see Rock music (disambiguation). ... This article needs additional references or sources to facilitate its verification. ... Year 1975 (MCMLXXV) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... David Thomas (born 1953) is an American singer, songwriter, and musician. ... A protagonist is the main figure of a piece of literature or drama and has the main part or role. ... Ubu Roi (King Ubu) is a play written by Alfred Jarry in 1896 that is widely acknowledged as a theatrical precursor to the Absurdist, Dada and Surrealist art movements. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Motto: Liberté, Égalité, Fraternité Liberty, Equality, Fraternity Anthem: La Marseillaise Metropolitan France() – on the European continent() – in the European Union()  —  [] Capital (and largest city) Paris Official languages French Government Unitary republic  -  President Jacques Chirac  -  Prime Minister Dominique de Villepin Formation  -  Celtic Gaul 1200 BC   -  Franks 11 BC   -  Kingdom of France... Alfred Jarry Alfred Jarry (September 8, 1873 – November 1, 1907) was a French writer born in Laval, Mayenne, France, not far from the border of Brittany; he was of Breton descent on his mothers side. ...


While Pere Ubu have never been widely popular—usually categorized as "underground rock"—they have a devoted following, have been hugely influential on several generations of avant-garde musicians and are a critically acclaimed American musical group. Underground rock is a term sometimes used to describe forms of rock and roll music which have little or no mainstream appeal, visibility or commercial presence. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ...


Critical opinions of Pere Ubu include: "the most original and important of the new wave bands" [2]; "the world's only expressionist Rock 'n' Roll band" [3] and: "Pere Ubu will be looked back on as the most important group to have come out of America in the last decade and a half. Either that or they will be entirely forgotten" [4]. New Wave is a term that has been used to describe many developments in music, but is most commonly associated with a movement in Western popular music in the late 1970s and early 1980s inspired by the punk rock movement. ... On White II by Wassily Kandinsky, 1923. ... Motto: (Out Of Many, One) (traditional) In God We Trust (1956 to date) Anthem: The Star-Spangled Banner Capital Washington D.C. Largest city New York City None at federal level (English de facto) Government Federal constitutional republic  - President George Walker Bush (R)  - Vice President Dick Cheney (R) Independence from...


Pere Ubu have consistently conducted their affairs as they see fit, regardless of convention: They refuse to discuss or explain their sometimes odd music, forgoing newspaper and press interviews. Pere Ubu have compiled a list of guidelines for touring, live performances and the like, including such statements as, "Lighting should be theatrical rather than rockist. We are interested in atmosphere, mood, drama, energy, subtlety, imagination-- not rock cliché," and note that the Danish Broadcasting Corporation is one of the few organizations they trust to record live performances, "solely on the basis of the King of Denmark's defense of the Jews in WWII" [5]. Serge Sudeikins poster for the Bat Theatre (1922). ... Look up mood in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... This does not cite any references or sources. ... Imagination is accepted as the innate ability and process to invent partial or complete personal realms within the mind from elements derived from sense perceptions of the shared world. ... Danmarks Radio (normally referred to as just DR) is Denmarks national broadcasting corporation. ... The rescue of the Danish Jews occurred during Denmarks occupation by Nazi Germany during World War II. When German authorities in Denmark ordered that Danish Jews be arrested and deported to Germany in October 1943, many Danes and Swedes took part in a collective effort to evacuate the roughly... Combatants Allied powers: China France Great Britain Soviet Union United States and others Axis powers: Germany Italy Japan and others Commanders Chiang Kai-shek Charles de Gaulle Winston Churchill Joseph Stalin Franklin Roosevelt Adolf Hitler Benito Mussolini Hideki Tōjō Casualties Military dead: 17,000,000 Civilian dead: 33,000...


Tired of being asked to define their music, Pere Ubu coined the term Avant Garage to reflect interest in both experimental avant-garde music (especially Musique concrète) and raw, direct blues influenced garage rock. Thomas has stated "Avant Garage" is "a joke invented to have something to give journalists when they yelp for a neat sound bite or pigeonhole." [6] A work similar to Marcel Duchamps Fountain Avant garde (written avant-garde) is a French phrase, one of many French phrases used by English speakers. ... // Much like electroacoustic music, Musique concrète (French; literally, concrete music), has been subject to conflicting perceptions about its character. ... Blues is a vocal and instrumental form of music based on the use of the blue notes and a repetitive pattern that most often follows a twelve-bar structure. ... Garage rock is a raw form of rock and roll that enjoyed its original period of wide success in the United States and Canada, from 1963 to 1967. ... A joke is a short story or series of words spoken or communicated with the intent of causing laughter or being found humorous by either listener/reader or performer/writer. ... This does not cite any references or sources. ... In film and broadcasting, a soundbite is a very short piece of footage taken from a longer speech or an interview in which someone with authority says something which is considered by those who edit the speech or interview to be a most important point. ... Literally, a pigeonhole is a small hole in a loft, the nesting-place of a pigeon. ...

Contents

History

1970s

Rocket From The Tombs was a Cleveland-based group that eventually fragmented: some members formed The Dead Boys, while David Thomas and guitarist Peter Laughner joined with guitarist Tom Herman, bass guitarist Tim Wright, drummer Scott Krauss and synthesist Allen Ravenstine to form Pere Ubu in 1975. At the time the band formed, Herman, Krauss, and Ravenstine lived in a house owned by Ravenstine.[7] Rocket From The Tombs was an American rock band that formed in the summer of 1974. ... The Dead Boys were a punk band that formed in Cleveland, Ohio about 1975, evolving out of the band Rocket From The Tombs. ... David Thomas (born 1953) is an American singer, songwriter, and musician. ... This article needs additional references or sources for verification. ... Peter Laughner pioneered the primitive punk-rock genre, the new wave genre, and also the post-punk genre. ... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged into Pere Ubu (band). ... The electric bass guitar (or electric bass) is a bass string instrument played with the fingers by plucking, slapping, or using a pick. ... Tim Wright is a British musician most famous for his work in video game soundtracks such as Wipeout. ... A drummer in Action A drummer is a person who plays the drums, particularly the drum kit, marching percussion, or hand drums. ... Pere Ubu are a rock music group formed in Cleveland, Ohio, in 1975. ... Synthesizer as used in music, is a term derived from a Greek word syntithetai < synthesis (συντίθεται < σύνθεσις) and is used to describe a device capable of generating and/or manipulating electronic signals for use in music creation, recording and performance. ... Year 1975 (MCMLXXV) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Pere Ubu's debut single was "30 Seconds Over Tokyo" (inspired by the "Doolittle Raid" and named after a film depicting the raid), backed with "Heart of Darkness"; followed by "Final Solution" in 1976. One review noted that "30 Seconds" "was clearly the work of a garage band, yet its arty dissonance and weird experimentalism were startlingly unique." [8] Combatants United States Empire of Japan Commanders James H. Doolittle Hideki Tojo Strength 16 B-25 Mitchells Unknown number of troops and homeland defense Casualties 3 dead, 8 POWs (4 died in captivity); 5 interned in USSR all 16 B-25s About 50 dead, 400 injured Lt. ... Year 1976 (MCMLXXVI) was a leap year starting on Thursday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... The term garage band has several meanings, all related in someway to music. ... For experimental rock music, see experimental rock. ...


Of their second single, "Final Solution" (backed with "Cloud 149"), one scribe writes that Ubu's "call for a 'final solution' was the cry of teen angst run down in the decaying rust belt of America, and unlike the British punks who were looking around England the same year, seeing no future, and hating what they saw, Ubu reveled in it." [9] (They would rarely perform this song after some listeners misinterpreted it as being associated with the Nazi final solution.) For other uses, see Angst (disambiguation). ... National Socialism redirects here. ... In a February 26, 1942, letter to German diplomat Martin Luther, Reinhard Heydrich follows up on the Wannsee Conference by asking Luther for administrative assistance in the implementation of the Endlösung der Judenfrage (Final Solution of the Jewish Question). ...


From these first recordings, Pere Ubu sounded like little else. Their propulsive rhythmic pulse was similar to Krautrock, but Thomas's yelping, howling, desperate singing was and still is peculiar when compared to most other rock and roll singers. Rhythm (Greek = flow, or in Modern Greek, style) is the variation of the length and accentuation of a series of sounds or other events. ... Krautrock is a generic name for the experimental music that appeared in Germany in the late 1960s and gained popularity throughout the 1970s. ...


In their songs, Pere Ubu imagined 1950s and 1960s garage rock and surf music archetypes as seen in a distorting funhouse mirror, emphasising the music's angst, loneliness and lyrical paranoia. Sometimes sounding like a demented nursery rhyme sing-along, this already bizarre blend was overlaid with Ravenstine's ominous EML synthesizer effects and tape looped sounds of mundane conversation, ringing telephones or steam whistles. Garage rock is a raw form of rock and roll that enjoyed its original period of wide success in the United States and Canada, from 1963 to 1967. ... Surf music is a genre of popular music associated with surf culture. ... Archetype is defined as the first original model of which all other similar persons, objects, or concepts are merely derivative, copied, patterned, or emulated. ... For other uses, see Angst (disambiguation). ... Lyrics are the words in songs. ... For other senses of this word, see paranoia (disambiguation). ... A nursery rhyme is a traditional song or poem taught to young children, originally in the nursery. ... Tape loops are loops of prerecorded magnetic tape used to create repetitive, rhythmic musical patterns. ... This article or section includes a list of works cited or a list of external links, but its sources remain unclear because it lacks in-text citations. ...


After "Street Waves", their third single, Pere Ubu signed to Blank Records, an imprint of Mercury Records. The rights to this record label were bought from then Misfits member Glenn Danzig for 30 hours free recording in a professional studio.[citation needed] Plan 9 Records, originally known as Blank Records, was an independent record label that was founded in 1977 by Glenn Danzig of the horror punk band The Misfits. ... Mercury Records was a record label founded in Chicago, Illinois in 1945 by Irving Green, Berle Adams and Arthur Talmadge. ... For the movie, see The Misfits (movie). ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ...


Laughner left the group after their first two singles, and died soon afterwards after a struggle with drug addiction. Tony Maimone signed on as bassist after Tim Wright left to join DNA. Drug addiction, or dependency is the compulsive use of drugs, to the point where the user has no effective choice but to continue use. ... Tony Maimone is a bass guitarist. ... DNA was a short-lived but influential New York rock band, associated with the no wave movement. ...


Their debut album, The Modern Dance (1978), sold poorly, but has proven influential. Musicians of many types, including prog rock, punk rock, post punk and New Wave, were influenced by the dark, abstract record. With the song "Sentimental Journey," the debut also introduced the practice of re-appropriating titles from well-known popular songs: Pere Ubu's "Sentimental Journey" has no obvious relation to the Doris Day hit song of the same name; "Drinking Wine Spodyody" has no apparent connection to the Jerry Lee Lewis song. This practice has continued through 2006's Why I Hate Women, which has a song called "Blue Velvet" (again, no relation to the 1963 hit song by Bobby Vinton). The Modern Dance is the debut album by Pere Ubu. ... Year 1978 (MCMLXXVIII) was a common year starting on Sunday (link displays the 1978 Gregorian calendar). ... The progressive rock band Yes performing in 1977. ... Punk rock is an anti-establishment music movement beginning around 1976 (although precursors can be found several years earlier), exemplified and popularised by The Ramones, the Sex Pistols, The Clash and The Damned. ... Post-punk was a popular musical movement beginning at the end of the 1970s, following on the heels of the initial punk rock explosion of the mid 1970s. ... New Wave is a term that has been used to describe many developments in music, but is most commonly associated with a movement in Western popular music in the late 1970s and early 1980s inspired by the punk rock movement. ... Doris Mary Ann von Kappelhoff (born April 3, 1924[1]) is an American singer, actress, and animal welfare advocate known as Doris Day. ... Sentimental Journey is a popular song. ... Jerry Lee Lewis (born September 29, 1935), also known by the nickname The Killer, is an American rock and roll and country music singer, songwriter, and pianist. ... Why I Hate Women is Pere Ubus forthcoming thirteenth album. ... Blue Velvet is a song recorded by Bobby Vinton. ... Bobby Vinton Bobby Vinton (born April 16, 1935) is an American pop music singer. ...


Special note should be made of Ravenstine's contributions to Pere Ubu. While most synthesizer players tended to play the instrument as they would a piano or organ, Ravenstine generally opted instead to make all manner of odd, disquieting and unique sounds that defied proper notation, and reminiscent of spooky sound effects from 1950's science fiction films, or perhaps electronic music and musique concrète. One critic writes that Ravenstine "may be one of the all-time great synth players" [10] and his playing has been called "utterly original" [11]. A short grand piano, with the top up. ... Organ in Katharinenkirche, Frankfurt am Main, Germany The organ is a keyboard instrument played using one or more manuals and a pedalboard. ... Sound effects or audio effects are artificially created or enhanced sounds, or sound processes used to emphasize artistic or other content of movies, video games, music, or other media. ... Science fiction is a form of speculative fiction principally dealing with the impact of imagined science and technology, or both, upon society and persons as individuals. ... It has been suggested that Electronica be merged into this article or section. ... // Much like electroacoustic music, Musique concrète (French; literally, concrete music), has been subject to conflicting perceptions about its character. ...


Dub Housing and New Picnic Time followed, with much the same reaction. Dub Housing is notable as one of the earliest rock albums to use recordings of enigmatic shortwave radio number stations on "Ubu Dance Party". Dub Housing is the second album by Pere Ubu. ... New Picnic Time is the third Pere Ubu full-length. ... This article is about an album. ... Numbers stations are shortwave radio stations of uncertain origin. ...


The group briefly disbanded in 1979, but reformed soon afterwards with Herman replaced by Mayo Thompson (of Red Krayola). Also: 1979 by Smashing Pumpkins. ... As the brains behind the band Red Crayola (Krayola) Mayo Thompson is also known for one solo work of particular importance, Corkys Debt to His Father. ... The Red Crayola was a psychedelic, avant-garde rock band from Austin, Texas in the late 1960s made up of art students and led by singer/guitarist and visual artist Mayo Thompson. ...


1980s

The Art of Walking (1980) featured Red Krayola's Mayo Thompson on guitar. For the next original album, Song of the Bailing Man (1982), Krauss was replaced by Anton Fier. The Art of Walking is the fourth Pere Ubu full-length. ... Year 1980 (MCMLXXX) was a leap year starting on Tuesday (link displays the 1980 Gregorian calendar). ... The Red Crayola was a psychedelic, avant-garde rock band from Austin, Texas in the late 1960s made up of art students and led by singer/guitarist and visual artist Mayo Thompson. ... As the brains behind the band Red Crayola (Krayola) Mayo Thompson is also known for one solo work of particular importance, Corkys Debt to His Father. ... Song of the Bailing Man is the fifth Pere Ubu album, and their final work before disbanding for the first extended period. ... Year 1982 (MCMLXXXII) was a common year starting on Friday (link displays the 1982 Gregorian calendar). ... Anton Fier, born: June 20, 1956 in Cleveland, Ohio, United States, is a drummer, composer and bandleader. ...


The group disbanded again soon afterwards; Krauss and Maimone formed Home & Garden, while Thomas worked on a solo career, notably with Richard Thompson and with members of Henry Cow. Boston (almost invariably called Boston magazine and often incorrectly written as Boston Magazine) is a glossy monthly magazine concerning life in the Greater Boston area and has been in publication for more than 40 years. ... For other persons named Richard Thompson, see Richard Thompson (disambiguation). ... Henry Cow was an English avant-garde rock group, founded at Cambridge University in 1968 by multi-instrumentalists Fred Frith and Tim Hodgkinson. ...


By the late 1980s, one of Thomas's solo projects eventually featured much of Pere Ubu. The band was reformed again in 1987, with Jim Jones and Chris Cutler joining for the release of The Tenement Year (1988), a far more pop-oriented album than ever before. The following year, "Waiting for Mary" (off Cloudland) appeared on MTV briefly. After the recording of Cloudland, Ravenstine left the group(although he made a guest appearance on Worlds in Collision) and later became an airline pilot. Eric Drew Feldman joined the band in time for the Cloudland tour and the recording of Worlds in Collision but left afterwards, joining Frank Black. Year 1987 (MCMLXXXVII) was a common year starting on Thursday (link displays 1987 Gregorian calendar). ... Chris Cutler (born January 4, 1947) is an English percussionist, composer, lyricist and music theorist. ... Pere Ubu are an experimental rock music group formed in Cleveland, Ohio, in 1975. ... Year 1988 (MCMLXXXVIII) was a leap year starting on Friday (link displays 1988 Gregorian calendar). ... Cloudland is Pere Ubus seventh album. ... MTV (Music Television) is an American cable television network based in New York City. ... Cloudland is Pere Ubus seventh album. ... Worlds in Collision is Pere Ubus eighth studio album. ... Eric Drew Feldman is an American keyboard and bass guitar player. ... Worlds in Collision is Pere Ubus eighth studio album. ... Frank Black (born Charles Michael Kittredge Thompson IV on April 6, 1965) is an American singer, songwriter and guitarist. ...


1990s and beyond

Story of My Life (1993) was released on Imago Records; Maimone left (once again) to join They Might Be Giants, and Michele Temple and Garo Yellin joined the band for the Story of My Life tour and feature on Ubu's 1995 album, Ray Gun Suitcase. Robert Wheeler has played synthesizer and theremin with Pere Ubu since 1994. Krauss left the band during the Ray Gun Suitcase sessions. For the Ray Gun Suitcase tour, guitarist Jim Jones departed as a touring member(although he continued to contribute to recordings), founding guitarist Tom Herman replaced him for the tour. Story of My Life is Pere Ubus ninth studio album. ... Year 1993 (MCMXCIII) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display full 1993 Gregorian calendar). ... They Might Be Giants (commonly abbreviated to TMBG) is an American alternative rock duo consisting of John Linnell and John Flansburgh that formed in 1982. ... Story of My Life is Pere Ubus ninth studio album. ... Ray Gun Suitcase is Pere Ubus tenth studio album, which finds them returning both to indie labels, and, after a string of slickly produced, pop-oriented albums, the darker, more complex sonic landscape associated with their earlier work. ... Synthesizer as used in music, is a term derived from a Greek word syntithetai < synthesis (συντίθεται < σύνθεσις) and is used to describe a device capable of generating and/or manipulating electronic signals for use in music creation, recording and performance. ... Léon Theremin playing an early theremin The theremin (originally pronounced but often anglicized as [1]), or thereminvox, is one of the earliest fully electronic musical instruments. ... Ray Gun Suitcase is Pere Ubus tenth studio album, which finds them returning both to indie labels, and, after a string of slickly produced, pop-oriented albums, the darker, more complex sonic landscape associated with their earlier work. ... Ray Gun Suitcase is Pere Ubus tenth studio album, which finds them returning both to indie labels, and, after a string of slickly produced, pop-oriented albums, the darker, more complex sonic landscape associated with their earlier work. ...


Concurrent with the 1996 release of the Datapanik in Year Zero box set, Jim Jones retired due to health problems. Tom Herman returned to the band after a twenty year absence to tour with the band in 1995, and went on to record Pennsylvania (1998) and St. Arkansas in 2002. Jim Jones contributed guitar tracks to each album as well. Herman left again in 2005, being replaced by Keith Moliné, of David Thomas's "solo" group the Two Pale Boys. The new lineup completed an album entitled Why I Hate Women, which was released September 19, 2006. Datapanik In Year Zero is a 1996 box set by Pere Ubu, which catalogues their initial phase of existence up to their 1982 break-up (which later turned out to be merely a hiatus). ... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged into Pere Ubu (band). ... Pennsylvania is Pere Ubus eleventh studio album. ... Year 1998 (MCMXCVIII) was a common year starting on Thursday (link will display full 1998 Gregorian calendar). ... St. ... Also see: 2002 (number). ... Keith Moliné is currently the guitarist for Pere Ubu. ... David Thomas and Two Pale Boys are a musical group led by Pere Ubu founder David Thomas, which features Keith Moliné on midi-guitar, and Andy Diagram on trumpet and loops. ... Why I Hate Women is Pere Ubus forthcoming thirteenth album. ...


Methodology

Pere Ubu had an interesting way of combining musicians: from the start the Ubu methodology was almost, just about, nearly, definable:

  • 'Don't ever audition.'
  • 'Don't look for someone.'
  • 'Don't seek success.'
  • 'Choose the first person you hear about.'
  • 'Take the first idea you get.'
  • 'Put unique people together. Unique people will play uniquely whether or not they know how to play.'
  • 'Delay Centrifugal Destruct Factors for as long as possible then push the button.'

Quotes

  • "Pere Ubu is not now nor has it ever been a viable commercial venture. We won't sleep on floors, we won't tour endlessly and we're embarrassed by self-promotion. Add to that a laissez-faire attitude to the mechanics of career advancement and a demanding artistic agenda and you've got a recipe for real failure. That has been our one significant success to this date: we are the longest-lasting, most disastrous commercial outfit to ever appear in rock 'n' roll. No one can come close to matching our loss to longevity ratio." – David Thomas [12]
  • "Rock music is mostly about moving big black boxes from one side of town to the other in the back of your car." [13]
  • "The Sex Pistols sang "No Future", but there is a future and we're trying to build one." - Allen Ravenstine

Laissez-faire is short for laissez faire, laissez passer, a French phrase meaning to let things alone, let them pass. First used by the eighteenth century Physiocrats as an injunction against government interference with trade, it is now used as a synonym for strict free market economics. ... An instrument amplifier is an electronic amplifier designed for use with an electric or electronic musical instrument, such as an electric guitar. ... Karl Benzs Velo model (1894) - entered into the first automobile race An automobile or motor car (usually shortened to just car) is a wheeled passenger vehicle that carries its own motor. ...

Discography

Albums:

The Modern Dance is the debut album by Pere Ubu. ... Dub Housing is the second album by Pere Ubu. ... New Picnic Time is the third Pere Ubu full-length. ... The Art of Walking is the fourth Pere Ubu full-length. ... 390° of Simulated Stereo is a live album featuring recordings from Pere Ubus first few years of existence. ... Song of the Bailing Man is the fifth Pere Ubu album, and their final work before disbanding for the first extended period. ... Terminal Tower is a compilation of Pere Ubus early singles and b-sides. ... In recorded music, the terms A-side and B-side refer to the two sides of 7 inch vinyl records on which singles have been released since the 1950s. ... Pere Ubu are an experimental rock music group formed in Cleveland, Ohio, in 1975. ... Cloudland is Pere Ubus seventh album. ... One Man Drives While the Other Man Screams is Pere Ubus second live album, covering the years 1978-1981 (dovetailing with their previous live release, 390° of Simulated Stereo, which covered 1976-1978). ... Worlds in Collision is Pere Ubus eighth studio album. ... Story of My Life is Pere Ubus ninth studio album. ... Ray Gun Suitcase is Pere Ubus tenth studio album, which finds them returning both to indie labels, and, after a string of slickly produced, pop-oriented albums, the darker, more complex sonic landscape associated with their earlier work. ... Datapanik In Year Zero is a 1996 box set by Pere Ubu, which catalogues their initial phase of existence up to their 1982 break-up (which later turned out to be merely a hiatus). ... Pennsylvania is Pere Ubus eleventh studio album. ... Apocalypse Now is Pere Ubus third live album, and first to document a single performance. ... The Shape of Things is Pere Ubus fourth live album. ... St. ... Why I Hate Women is Pere Ubus forthcoming thirteenth album. ...

Charting Singles

Year Title Chart positions Album
US Hot 100 US Modern Rock US Mainstream Rock UK
1989 "Waiting for Mary" - #6 - - Cloudland
1989 "Love Love Love" - - - #88 Cloudland

The Billboard Hot 100 is the United States music industry standard singles popularity chart issued weekly by Billboard magazine. ... The Modern Rock Tracks chart is a music chart that has appeared in Billboard magazine since the early 1980s. ... The Mainstream Rock Tracks chart is a ranking in Billboard magazine of the most-played songs on mainstream rock radio stations, a category that includes stations that play primarily rock music but are not modern rock stations, which are counted in the Modern Rock Tracks chart. ... See also: 1989 in music (UK) Musical groups established in 1989 Record labels established in 1989 other events of 1989 list of years in music 1980s in music // January 7 - Genesis 88 and Sunrise/Back to the Future stage large-scale illegal Acid House party in London January 14 - Paul...

Influences

Pere Ubu were influenced by the pioneering 60s experimental band Fifty Foot Hose.[citation needed] Coincidentially, Lenny Bove, who played with Tom Herman in Tripod Jimmie, joined Fifty Foot Hose in 1995. Cauldron album cover Fifty Foot Hose were a psychedelic rock band that formed in San Fransisco in the late 1960s. ... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged into Pere Ubu (band). ... Cauldron album cover Fifty Foot Hose were a psychedelic rock band that formed in San Fransisco in the late 1960s. ...


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