Pere Ubu
Pere Ubu

Pere Ubu

About Pere Ubu

One of the American underground's most influential bands, Pere Ubu emerged from mid-'70s Cleveland and expressed the chaotic angst of their times with apocalyptic fervor, and surprising humanity, for decades. Frontman David Thomas' absurdist warble and rapturously demented lyrics defined the band as much as their self-destructing melodies, scattershot rhythms, and industrial-strength dissonance, all of which appeared on the1975 debut single "30 Seconds Over Tokyo" and 1978's debut album The Modern Dance. On later efforts like 1989's Cloudland and 1993's Story of My Life, Pere Ubu became more accessible, but their idiosyncratic vision remained undiluted by frequent hiatuses and lineup changes. The band welcomed the 21st century with uncompromising albums like 2002's St. Arkansas, and their momentum continued into the 2010s with 2013's Lady from Shanghai and 2019's The Long Goodbye combining sources as diverse as film noir and dance music into Pere Ubu's unmistakable sound and viewpoint.

    Cleveland, OH
    August, 1975

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