The 'Lost Album' was the project we set out on following Cloudland
. We recorded some demos as 'Cloudland' was coming out. These ended up as b-sides for releases from Worlds In Collision
. The one that most clearly points to where I thought the 'Lost Album' should go is probably 'Invisible Man.' In my mind it was to be the Pere Ubu 'blues' album. I had the idea that Van Dyke Parks would produce it. Gil Norton was the favored producer from the record company's point of view and we agreed. The project morphed. Elements survived in various forms, for example the song 'Worlds In Collision.' Then, we set out on Story Of My Life
. Again I was determined to do the 'blues' album. The working title was 'Ages In Chaos.' Because of personnel changes that were forced on us I felt the platform was not steady enough and again the album morphed. Greil Marcus correctly identified it as a 'roots' album but it wasn't what I had hoped for in my own work and in my own mind. Still I was obsessed with the 'blues' album project. The working title to Raygun Suitcase
was 'Songs From the LostLP.' 'Memphis,' 'Beach Boys' and 'Ray Gun Suitcase' were elements I had retrieved from the 'blues' album. Still we didn't get there as the album morphed again. I gave up, for the time being, but elements persisted in the following albums up to and including Why I Hate Women
, which amost got there.
The Lost Band, Pere Ubu v.7.0, was the group that actually toured 'Story Of My Life' and began to record 'Raygun Suitcase.' Eric Drew Feldman was unable to record 'Story Of My Life' because of his work with The Pixies so the synthesizer slot was filled by other members of the band. Following the session we considered various alternatives. I had been working with Garo Yellin from The Ordinaires in my solo projex. He seemed an obvious fit and would be able to move the band into another direction which we all found exciting. It worked pretty well, as evidenced by The Late Show
but Garo had obligations to The Ordinaires and he had to be replaced. That's when Robert Wheeler came in.