- Raygun Suitcase, vinyl lp
- Side One
Folly Of Youth 4:06
Beach Boys 3:16
Turquoise Fins 2:38
Vacuum In My Head 3:51
Three Things 4:08
Don't Worry 2:48
Red Sky 3:58
My Friend Is A Stooge 2:38
Down By The River II 3:17
- Pennsylvania, vinyl lp
- Side One
Woolie Bullie 2:52
Urban Lifestyle 2:56
Silent Spring 2:52
Mr Wheeler 3:35
Muddy Waters 3:21
Monday Morning 2:56
Fly's Eye 2:38
- St Arkansas, vinyl lp
- Side One
The Fevered Dream Of Hernando DeSoto 2:42
Slow Walking Daddy 4:52
Mr Steve 2:46
Phone Home Jonah 2:40
Where's The Truth 3:17
- Back Roads, vinyl lp
- Side One
My Name Is Ellipsis 7:35
Surfer Girl 2:59
Electricity (board mix) 4:28
Dr Sax 4:54
The Duke's Saharan Ambitions 6:52
Ray Gun Suitcase 3:33
SAD,TXT (live) 3:49
- A3 sized Raygun Suitcase poster by Johnny Dromette
- Code for free audio downloads
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'Raygun Suitcase,' 'Pennsylvania,' and 'St Arkansas' were written to be a trilogy. That they are grouped in the 'Drive, He Said' box is fitting.
"For the longest time I have considered Mark Twain's 'Life On The Mississippi' to be the Great American Novel," David Thomas said. "It's influence on my writing began to appear with The Tenement Year. By the 90s I was determined to write my own Great American Novel based on it. That was those three albums. The mistake would be to look for a linear construct. There is no such thing as a 'linear' Ubu story or construction. Pere Ubu winds and snakes back on itself like the Mississippi. There are hidden dangers just below the surface. The boiler might blow at any moment, or the River decide to cut itself a new course through the wilderness."
These three albums were the catalyst finally uniting critics and the establishment to recognize that the band's music was a force to be recognized, prompting a four day David Thomas/Pere Ubu festival at the Royal Festival Hall in London and a three day festival at UCLA in Los Angeles. The Knitting Factory in NYC and The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame similarly honored Pere Ubu with special events.
'Raygun Suitcase' was the winner of the 'CD Review' Editors' Choice Award in 1995. 'Pennsylvania' was voted #1 in the 'Village Voice' Music Critics Poll in1998. In 2002, 'Mojo' said, in reaction to 'St Arkansas,' "It's difficult to think of a more important band currently working."
Noted American critic Greil Marcus wrote about 'Pennsylvania in 'Double Trouble' (Faber & Faber):
"What comes into view is a secret country: barely recognizable, and undeniable. And it's a thrill to hear, now, all of David Thomas's voices swirling around the listener, on the street. Pennsylvania seems to draw out of its own spectral geography and that street can be wherever you find yourself.."
Current band members Michele Temple and Robert Wheeler joined Pere Ubu during the 'Raygun Suitcase' sessions, Steve Mehlman immediately thereafter. it is a defining period for Pere Ubu,
Pere Ubu is Scott Benedict, Tom Herman, Jim Jones, Scott Krauss, Steve Mehlman, Michele Temple, David Thomas, Robert Wheeler and Garo Yellin.
The three studio albums were remixed in 2016 by Paul Hamann and David Thomas. 'Back Roads' is a collection of outtakes, which have been also remixed and/or remastered. The three albums were recorded for cd release. In the case of 'Raygun Suitcase' and 'Pennsylvania,' there were too many songs included to fit on a vinyl release. Songs have been edited in some cases or moved to 'Back Roads,' where appropriate.
All tracks have been re-mixed to take advantage of the latest technology and the original version of 'Electricity' is reinstated with the vocals that David thouht were considered "too brutal" at the time of recording.
Box packaging designed by John Thompson and Alex Hornsby.