Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Pere Ubu-Dub Housing

"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

Pere Ubu is pretty much the weirdest band I can think of. I know everyone is going to come up with shit to discount me, but compare those bands to the musical weight (no pun intended, David) of Pere Ubu and it doesn't come close. These guys were trying to be weird at times, sure, but it came so naturally for them. 4/4 time for them sounds foreign. Hard to believe that David wrote 'Sonic Reducer' while he was still in Rocket From the Tombs.

As weird as they seem to be, this record is a great, solid, engaging record. Quality is never sacrificed for plain freak outs (although there are plenty of those). I know a lot of people have already heard this record, or own it, but i figured that it's probably sat under a bunch of other shit for a few months. Hopefully, this will encourage some of you guys to give a complete listen to a record that simply kills.

1. Navvy
2. On the Surface
3. Dub Housing
4. Caligari's Mirror
5. Thriller!
6. I Will Wait
7. Drinking Wine Spodyody
8. Ubu Dance Party
9. Blow Daddy-O
10. Codex

Dub Housing

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