The Shape Of Things
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70's Rock: The Bad Vibes Continue, Howard Hampton, NY Times 1/14/1
"With the band playing such manifestoes as the Stooges' "I Wanna Be Your Dog" and the Seeds' "Pushin' Too Hard," as well as such gnomic statements of its own like "Can't Believe It," "Gone Gone Gone," "Doris Day Sings Sentimental Journey" and the suicidal teenage misfit anthem to end them all, "Final Solution," nihilism is the point of departure but not the final destination. The music's dark humor - a sense of life as a cosmic joke and a boundless conspiracy - is shrouded in a corrosive, unforgiving noise. That sound is like a transmission from a vanished world of refusal and doubt, about as far from what rock had become as one could imagine. Heard today, it can make you wonder if the purpose of most of what is on the market now is simply to help you forget that anything like this music was possible in the first place, or could ever be again."
This live recording is raw but a unique look at very early Pere Ubu playing early versions of their songs and covers - many of which are not available anywhere else.
Links and Background:
The Shape of Things is one of a series of live official "bootlegs." Beginning with Apocalypse Now Pere Ubu live releases present entire concert performances, warts & all. This cd was recorded on cassette April 7 1976 at the Mistake, Cleveland OH. Pere Ubu and Tin Huey shared the bill, each doing 2 sets. The first set was recorded by Jim Jones. The source of the second set recording is not known but it is from the same evening.
NB The actual date is uncertain. One cassette box listed 4/7/76, the other May 5. The later date seems unlikely in light of the stage announcement of the imminent release of the 2nd single, Final Solution.
The only editing involved cutting down dead air between songs. You may still find those breaks interminable. Imagine the horror of the unedited expanses. Even Jim's "Te deum / tedium" mantra was cut down. These shows marked a turning point in the group's history. Soon afterwards the line-up was disbanded, the two guitar format was ditched and the switching of instruments severely curtailed.
Three of these songs appeared on '390° of Simulated Stereo': Can't Believe It, The Way She Looks (an early version of Over My Head) and Doris Day Sings Sentimental Journey (an early version of SJ). An early version of Street Waves appears here as Gone Gone Gone.
Recorded on cassette April 7 1976 at the Mistake, Cleveland OH.
Heart of Darkness is written by Thomas - Herman - Krauss - Laughner - Wright, Bug Music. Cloud 149, Gone Gone Gone, The Way She Looks, Doris Day Sings Sentimental Journey & Can't Believe It are written by Thomas - Herman - Krauss - Laughner - Taylor - Wright, Bug Music. 30 Seconds Over Tokyo is written by Thomas - Laughner - O'Connor, Bug Music. Life Stinks is written by Laughner, Bug Music. I Wanna Be Your Dog is written by Alexander - Asheton - Asheton - Pop, Bug Music. Heroin is written by Reed, BMI. Pushin Too Hard is written by Saxon, Neil Music.