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Pere Ubu

Band, *1975 US, Cleveland
Rock and Alternative
A.k.a. The U-Men

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.

PortraitAndy Diagram
tr *1959 GB
PortraitAnton Fier
dr, perc *1956 US
PortraitMayo Thompson
g, voc *1944 US
PortraitChris Cutler
dr *1947 GB
PortraitDavid Thomas
voc *1953 US
PortraitEric Drew Feldman
ep, syn *1955 US
PortraitPeter Laughner
g, bvoc, voc 1952-1977 US
PortraitGaro Yellin
PortraitJim Jones
Tom Herman
g, b *1949 US
PortraitAllen Ravenstine
syn, sax, voc *1950 US
PortraitTony Maimone
b *1952 US
PortraitGraham Dowdall
perc GB
PortraitScott Krauss
dr US
PortraitTim Wright
b, g
Steve Mehlman
PortraitKristof Hahn
eg, stg
Dave Taylor
syn, org
PortraitKeith Moliné
Michele Temple
b US
PortraitRobert Wheeler
syn US
Scott Benedict
dr US
PortraitGary Siperko
PortraitNadan Rojnić
PortraitDarryl Boon
Popular Tracks   
Non-Alignment Pact on The Modern Dance by Pere Ubu
Modern Dance on Elitism for the People 1975-1978 by Pere Ubu
Final Solution on Elitism for the People 1975-1978 by Pere Ubu
Final Solution on The Shape of Things by Pere Ubu
Street Waves on The Modern Dance by Pere Ubu
Navvy on Dub Housing by Pere Ubu
Humor Me on The Modern Dance by Pere Ubu
Life Stinks on The Modern Dance by Pere Ubu
On the Surface on Dub Housing by Pere Ubu
Dub Housing on Dub Housing by Pere Ubu

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Band Membership

Title Artist Year Type
Les Haricots Sont Pas Salés 1987-1991Pere Ubu2018Album
Drive, He Said 1994-2002Pere Ubu2017Compil.
Drive, He Said 1994-2002 (Box Set Sampler)Pere Ubu2017Album
20 Years In A Montana Missile SiloPere Ubu2017Album
Coed Jail!Pere Ubu2016Album
Architecture Of Language 1979-1982 SamplerPere Ubu2016Album
Architecture Of Language 1979 - 1982Pere Ubu2016Compil.
Live... Fox Warfield '80Pere Ubu2016Album
The Pere Ubu Moon UnitPere Ubu2015Album
Elitism For The People 1975-1978Pere Ubu2015Album
Carnival Of SoulsPere Ubu2014Album
Golden Surf IIPere Ubu2014Album
IrenePere Ubu2014Album
Lady From ShanghaiPere Ubu2013Album
Live At The Longhorn April 1, 1978Pere Ubu2013Album
London TexasPere Ubu2009Album
Bring Me The Head Of Ubu Roi: The Radio Play, Pt. 1Pere Ubu2009Album
"Long Live Père Ubu!"Pere Ubu With Sarah Jane Morris2009Album
Waltz Across TexasPere Ubu2008Album
Waltz By The SeaPere Ubu2008Album
Petit UbuPere Ubu2007Album
Why I Hate WomenPere Ubu2006Album
Why I Remix WomenPere Ubu2006Album
The Geography Of Sound In The Magnetic AgePere Ubu2003Single
St. ArkansasPere Ubu2002Album
Slow Walking DaddyPere Ubu2002Single
The Shape Of ThingsPere Ubu2000Album
Apocalypse NowPere Ubu1999Album
PennsylvaniaPere Ubu1998Album
Ubu UnchainedPere Ubu1997Album
Datapanik In The Year ZeroPere Ubu1996Compil.
Beach Boys See Dee +Pere Ubu1996Single
Warning Bells Are Ringing (Pere Ubu Box Set Preview)Pere Ubu1996Album
Ray Gun SuitcasePere Ubu1995Album
The Hearpen SinglesPere Ubu1995Single
Folly Of Youth See Dee +Pere Ubu1995Single
Story Of My LifePere Ubu1993Album
KathleenPere Ubu1993Album
Worlds In CollisionPere Ubu1991Album
Worlds In CollisionPere Ubu1991Album
Oh CatherinePere Ubu1991Single
I Hear They Smoke The BarbecuePere Ubu1991Album
Love, Love, LovePere Ubu1989Single
Breath (Don't Let's Talk About Tomorrow)Pere Ubu1989Album
Waiting For Mary (What Are We Doing Here?)Pere Ubu1989Single
BreathPere Ubu1989Album
Cloudland - Compact Disc SamplerPere Ubu1989Album
CloudlandPere Ubu1989Album
One Man Drives While The Other Man ScreamsPere Ubu1989Album
Non-alignment PactPere Ubu1988Single
The Tenement YearPere Ubu1988Album
We Have The TechnologyPere Ubu1988Single
Talk To MePere Ubu1988Single
Terminal Tower - An Archival CollectionPere Ubu1985Compil.
Song Of The Bailing ManPere Ubu1982Album
Not HappyPere Ubu1981Single
390 Degrees Of Simulated Stereo. Ubu Live: Volume OnePere Ubu1981Album
The Art Of WalkingPere Ubu1980Album
The Art Of Walking / Unknown PleasuresPere Ubu / Joy Division1980Album
Datapanik In The Year Zero-APere Ubu1980Single
The Fabulous Sequel (Have Shoes Will Walk)Pere Ubu1979Single
New Picnic TimePere Ubu1979Album
Stormwatch / New Picnic TimeJethro Tull / Pere Ubu1979Compil.
The Modern DancePere Ubu1978Album
Datapanik In The Year ZeroPere Ubu1978Compil.
Dub HousingPere Ubu1978Album
The Modern DancePere Ubu1977Single
Final SolutionPere Ubu1976Single
Street Waves / My Dark Ages (I Don't Get Around)Pere Ubu1976Single
30 Seconds Over TokyoPere Ubu1975Single
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