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Pere Ubu

Pere Ubu is an American rock group formed in Cleveland, Ohio, in 1975. Despite a variety of long-term band members, singer David Thomas is the only constant. They released their debut album The Modern Dance in 1978 and followed with several more LPs before disbanding in 1982. Thomas reformed the group in 1987, continuing to record and tour.

Describing their sound as "avant-garage," Pere Ubu's work drew inspiration from sources such as musique concrète, 60s rock, performance art, and the industrial environments of the American Midwest. While the band achieved little commercial success, they have exerted a wide influence on subsequent underground music.

The group's name is a reference to Ubu Roi, an avant-garde play by French writer Alfred Jarry.

Links to Peel

Pere Ubu's 'Final Solution' track was played on Peel's first exclusive punk special show in December 1976, which was given over to protopunk, punk and a new session by the Damned. A couple years later, the band released their album, The Modern Dance, which was nominated by Peel as one of his 1978 Top Twenty Albums.

In 1989, the band did a session for Peel's show, but after the end of the 80's, he rarely played any new material from the group.

Festive Fifty Entries

Post-Peel

Sessions

Pere Ubu - John Peel Session 27th June 1989

Pere Ubu - John Peel Session 27th June 1989

1. Recorded: 1989-06-27. Broadcast: 07 August 1989. Repeated: 05 September 1989

  • We Have The Technology / Miss You / Bus Called Happiness

Other Shows Played

1976
  • 10 December 1976: Final Solution (v/a LP - Max’s Kansas City 1976) Ram Stereo
1978
1979
1980
1981
  • 28 January 1981: Chinese Radiation (album - The Modern Dance) Rough Trade
1982
  • 27 January 1982: The Modern Dance
  • 18 July 1982 (BFBS): The Fabulous Sequel (Have Shoes Will Walk) (7") Chrysalis CHS 2372
  • 20 September 1982: The Long Walk Home (LP - Song Of The Bailing Man) Rough Trade
  • 22 September 1982: My Hat (LP - Song Of The Bailing Man) Rough Trade (JP: 'Show me a man or woman who can dance to that and I'll show you someone in the intensive care unit, if they can afford to get in of course.')
1988
1989
  • Pere Ubu - Waiting For Mary

    Pere Ubu - Waiting For Mary

    22 March 1989: Waiting For Mary (What Are We Doing Here?) (7") Fontana (JP: 'Well that will go on this year's holiday tape')
  • 29 March 1989: Waiting For Mary (What Are We Doing Here?) (12") Fontana
  • 04 April 1989: Dub Housing (CD - One Man Drives While The Other Man Screams) Rough Trade
  • 05 April 1989 (BFBS): Waiting For Mary (What Are We Doing Here?) (12") Fontana
  • 12 April 1989 (BFBS): Dub Housing (CD - One Man Drives While The Other Man Screams) Rough Trade
  • 15 July 1989 (BFBS): '30 Seconds Over Tokyo (7")' (Hearthan)
  • 16 May 1989: Caligari's Mirror (album - One Man Drives While The Other Man Screams) Rough Trade
  • 18 May 1989: Cry (album - Cloudland) Fontana
  • 29 May 1989 (BBC World Service): Nevada! (LP - Cloudland) Fontana
  • 31 May 1989 (BFBS): Caligari's Mirror (album - One Man Drives While The Other Man Screams) Rough Trade
  • 05 June 1989: Love Love Love (album - Cloudland) Fontana
  • 02 November 1989: Breath (Don't Let's Talk About Tomorrow) (7") Fontana
1996
  • 21 March 1996: Something's Gotta Give (album - The Tenement Year) Fontana
  • 31 August 1996: Dub Housing (album - Warning Bells Are Ringing) Cooking Vinyl
  • 15 September 1996: ‘Non Alignment Pact (CD - Warning Bells Are Ringing )’ Cooking Vinyl

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