Blame The Messenger ART
  • Blame The Messenger
  • My Town
  • A Fact About Trains
  • King Knüt
  • When Love Is Uneven
  • The Storm Breaks
  • The Long Rain
  • Having Time
  • Friends of Stone
  • The Velikovsky 2-Step


Blame The Messenger ART

David Thomas and wooden birds
Blame The Messenger

Released January 15 1987.
Produced by Chris Cutler.

Out of print.

Available as a high quality audio download from our own Audio Downloads Page. Lyrics are embedded. A PDF of Liner Notes is included.

Release Notes

Recorded in 1986 over two days at Suma, the idea was to use the same principles that went into 'Monster Walks...' but with an electric band. It is the project that led to the return of Pere Ubu. In a way, 'Blame The Messenger' can be seen as part of the Ubu canon.

Production Notes

Produced by Chris Cutler.
Recorded by Paul Hamann at Suma on September 22(?), 23 and 24, 1986. Original release edited by Paul Hamann and Roz Ilett at Telarc, Cleveland OH, mastered at Suma by Mike Bishop and cut by Denis Blackham at Tape One, London. Digitally transferred and eq'ed by David Thomas and Paul Hamann at Suma, October 1996.
Photos by Mik Mellen.
Design by John Thompson.

Working Title: The Way lt Was The Way Before

David Thomas and wooden birds

David Thomas
vocals, melodeon
Jim Jones
guitar, backing vocals
Allen Ravenstine
EML synthesizers, piano, backing vocals
Tony Maimone
bass, backing vocals
Chris Cutler

My Town and Friends of Stone written by Thomas, ©1987 Hearpen Music. A Fact About Trains, King Knüt, When Love Is Uneven, The Storm Breaks, The Long Rain, Havin Time and The Velikovsky 2-Step written by Thomas - Jones - Ravenstine - Maimone - Cutler ©1987 Hearpen Music/Arcades Music.

Release History

  • Rough Trade Records Rough 120 (UK) Jan 15 1987 lp.
  • Twin Tone Records TTR87105 (US) Apr 1987 lp.