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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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  • snowfall__

    modern dance is not as accessible, but it'll click eventually! i'll recommend to listen to some easier post-punk first though! regards :-)

    18 Apr 1:12pm Reply
  • stoned_bernie

    [2] пере ебу сука :D

    22 Mar 12:15pm Reply
  • Lord_Levi

    пере ебу сука :D

    19 Feb 3:48pm Reply
  • MisterJunior

    New Picnic Time and The Song of the Bailing Man are top tier Ubu, also. After the latter things get pretty spotty. Terminal Tower, which includes the Datapanik EP, is an essential collection and possibly my favorite thing Pere Ubu has ever put out.

    1 Jan 5:30am Reply
  • zoraxx

    At one point in history, Pere Ubu were avant garde yet accessible, uncompromising yet listenable.that was before they began to go off the rails,".their greatest output was in my opinion "Modern Dance", "Dub Housing", "Datapanik" - remember them that way.

    21 Dec 2014 Reply
  • joehemmings68

    New album is really impressive. Some artists never lose it.

    13 Dec 2014 Reply
  • Alec_Trevelyan

    Man, you just spam everywhere don't you?

    6 Dec 2014 Reply
  • State-records

    for Ubu connoisseurs

    2 Oct 2014 Reply
  • postmadesign

    New album is great, vintage UBU

    29 Sep 2014 Reply
  • 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 2014 Reply
  • rhayader18

    New Picnic Time deserves waaaaaaaaaaay more love

    10 Sep 2014 Reply
  • dd_ff

    Dub Housing is the best for sure

    5 Sep 2014 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 2014 Reply
  • Grobbel

    Terrific new single:

    12 Aug 2014 Reply
  • Hard_Rain

    Dub Housing>The Modern Dance

    5 Jul 2014 Reply
  • S1D1991

    Greetings from Ukraine)

    6 Jun 2014 Reply
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    26 May 2014 Reply
  • rhayader18

    Dub Housing

    19 May 2014 Reply
  • Nimbie

    Dub Housing!

    1 May 2014 Reply
  • wiseblood-

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

    13 Apr 2014 Reply
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