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Cleveland, United States (1975 – present)

Pere Ubu is an 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 Père Ubu (“father Ubu”), the protagonist of Ubu Roi (“Ubu, the King”), a play by French writer Alfred Jarry.

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 musicians and are a critically acclaimed American musical group. To define their music, Pere Ubu coined the term Avant Garage to reflect interest in both avant-garde music (especially Musique concrète) and raw, direct .

When Cleveland-based band Rocket From The Tombs fragmented some members formed 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.

Pere Ubu’s first single (their first five releases were singles on their own “Hearthan” label) 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.”


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  • GRI8AN

    И мне тоже безумно нравится. В декабре будет концерт в Португалии - айда со мной!? I to like his music/ At 4th desembr will concert at Portugal - go with me!?

    18 Sep 3:28pm Reply
  • rhayader18

    New Picnic Time deserves waaaaaaaaaaay more love

    10 Sep 12:40pm Reply
  • kkjjnjjjj

    best music to listen to when you're feeling manic

    8 Sep 6:24pm Reply
  • dd_ff

    Dub Housing is the best for sure

    5 Sep 3:24pm Reply
  • TheBlackRaven87

    what a great album Dub Housing is. Already loved it after the first listen. And the album cover perfectly fits. Makes me want to be in one of those rooms there in 1978 hiding from what or whoever is looking from outside.

    21 Aug 7:00pm Reply
  • Grobbel

    Terrific new single:

    12 Aug 10:45am Reply
  • kkjjnjjjj

    Dub Housing is probably my least favorite of their first four albums

    31 Jul 7:07pm Reply
  • Hard_Rain

    Dub Housing>The Modern Dance

    5 Jul 4:34pm Reply
  • S1D1991

    Greetings from Ukraine)

    6 Jun 4:07pm Reply
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  • rhayader18

    Dub Housing

    19 May 8:17pm Reply
  • Nimbie

    Dub Housing!

    1 May 3:35pm Reply
  • wiseblood-

    Modern Dance: one of the greatest albums of ALL times!

    13 Apr 10:16pm Reply
  • dr_bun

    best album?

    7 Apr 4:27pm Reply
  • IAN3145

    @ limonad_limonad на This Heat похожи чуть более, чем ничуть. И таки не постесняюсь спросить - чем они вам так не угодили?

    25 Mar 8:54pm Reply
  • thelionrampant

    The Modern Dance is a classic for ALL TIMES to enjoy.

    18 Mar 11:22am Reply
  • limonad_limonad

    Всё хочу скачать, но как увижу The Pop Group и This Heat в похожих...

    23 Feb 10:41am Reply
  • traytray89

    U to the BU

    21 Feb 6:52pm Reply
  • traytray89

    The father of us all.

    15 Feb 4:05pm Reply
  • HaHaHaYoureDead

    если бы капитан бифхарт был ньювэйвером...

    2 Feb 1:58pm Reply
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