Pere Ubu Out Of Print Albums



Datapanik In The Year Zero (EP)390° of Simulated StereoOne Man Drives While The Other Man ScreamsThe Pere Ubu Moon Unit

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Datapanik In The Year Zero (EP)

(April 1978)
Produced by Pere Ubu and Ken Hamann.

Out of print.

These songs are available on vinyl as part of the Elitism For The People box set.

Songs:

  1. Heart Of Darkness
  2. 30 Seconds Over Tokyo
  3. Cloud 149
  4. Untitled
  5. Heaven

Artwork by John Thompson.
Photos by Mik Mellen.

30 Seconds Over Tokyo and Heart of Darkness

Pere Ubu (v.1.0): Tom Herman, Scott Krauss, Peter Laughner, Allen Ravenstine, David Thomas and Tim Wright.
Originally released as Hearthan Records HR101 in the USA, 1975.
The ending to Heart of Darkness is faded early on the Radar Records release.
Engineered by Bill Cavanaugh at Audio Recording.
30 Seconds Over Tokyo written by Thomas - Laughner - O'Connor.
Heart of Darkness written by Herman - Laughner - Thomas - Wright.
Published ©1975 Fire Songs, under license from Ubu Projex in US/Canada, and Virgin Music-BMG VM Music Ltd in the Rest of World.


Cloud 149

Pere Ubu (v.1.1): Tom Herman, Scott Krauss, Peter Laughner, Dave Taylor, David Thomas and Tim Wright.
Originally released on the b side to Final Solution as Hearpen Records HR102 in the USA, March 1976.
Engineered by Ken Hamann at Cleveland Recording.
Cloud 149 written by Herman - Krauss - Laughner - Taylor - Thomas - Wright.
Published ©1976 Fire Songs, under license from Ubu Projex in USA/Canada, and Virgin Music-BMG VM Music Ltd in Rest of World.


Untitled

Pere Ubu (v.2.0): Alan Greenblatt, Tom Herman, Scott Krauss, Allen Ravenstine, David Thomas and Tim Wright.
Originally released on Datapanik In The Year Zero (Radar Records RDR1) in the UK, April 1978.
Engineered by Mike Bishop at Cleveland Recording in June 1976.
Written by Herman - Krauss - Ravenstine - Thomas - Wright.
Published ©1976 Fire Songs, under license from Ubu Projex in USA/Canada, and Virgin Music-BMG VM Music Ltd in Rest of World.


Heaven

Pere Ubu (v.3.0): Tom Herman, Scott Krauss, Tony Maimone, Allen Ravenstine and David Thomas.
Originally released as the b side to Modern Dance on Hearpen Records HR104 in the USA, August 1977.
Engineered by Ken Hamann at Cleveland Recording.
Written by Herman - Krauss - Maimone - Ravenstine - Thomas.
Published ©1977 Fire Songs, under license from Ubu Projex in USA/Canada, and Virgin Music-BMG VM Music Ltd in Rest of World.


Release History

  • Radar Records RDR1
    • (UK) April 1978 12" vinyl ep.
    • (New Zealand) October 1978 12" vinyl ep.

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390 Degrees Of Simulated Stereo

(1981)
Out of print.

Songs:
  1. Non-alignment Pact (3:45)
  2. Street Waves (4:08)
  3. Real World (4:05)
  4. My Dark Ages (5:32)
  5. Modern Dance (3:33)
  6. Humor Me (2:44)
  7. Heart of Darkness (4:07)
  8. Laughing (5:15)
  9. Can't Believe It (2:16)
  10. Over My Head (4:46)
  11. Sentimental Journey (4:53)
  12. 30 Seconds Over Tokyo (5:42)

Background:

The Bootleg Sound

Tapes transcribed by Paul Hamann at Suma.
Artwork by David Thomas.
Photo by Mik Mellen.

Nonalignment Pact, Heart of Darkness, and Laughing

Recorded Dec 5 and 6 1978 by a 24-track mobile truck at the London College of Printing. Soundman was Paul Hamann.

Street Waves

Recorded May 5 1978 by Radio Crocodile at Theatre 140, Brussels, Belgium.

Real World and My Dark Ages

Recorded Feb 18 1978 on a reel-to-reel tape machine at Disasto 2, WHK Auditorium, Cleveland. Soundman was Pat Ryan.

Modern Dance

Recorded Mar 2 1979 on a cassette recorder at the 1st International Garage Exhibition, Cleveland State University. The event was the origin of the "Avant Garage."

Humor Me

Recorded Oct 14 1977 on one channel of a reel-to-reel tape machine at the Ubu rehearsal loft, West 6th Street, Cleveland OH. This is an early version of the song with largely mumbled phonetics for lyrics.

Can't Believe It, Over My Head and Sentimental Journey

Recorded April or May 1976 on a cassette recorder at The Mistake, Cleveland, Ohio. Currently only available via The Shape Of Things.

30 Seconds Over Tokyo

Recorded August 4 1977 on a reel-to-reel tape machine at The Pirate's Cove. Soundman was Pat Ryan.


Release History

  • Rough Trade Records
    • (UK) Rough 23 Mar 1981 vinyl lp.
    • (US) Rough US 10 Sep 1981 vinyl lp.
    • (Japan) Rough Trade / Japan Records RTL-7 1981 vinyl lp.
    • (Italy) Base Record 1981 vinyl lp (blue cover).
    • (UK) Rough CD 23 1989 cd.
    • (US) Rough US 10 1989 cd.

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One Man Drives While The Other Man Screams

(1989)

Out of print.

Songs:
  1. Navvy (2:53)
  2. Street Waves (4:16)
  3. Heaven (3:09)
  4. On The Surface (2:37)
  5. Dub Housing (5:10)
  6. Caligari's Mirror (3:58)
  7. Small Was Fast (3:19)
  8. Misery Goats (2:49)
  9. Go (3:57)
  10. Ubu Dance Party (4:32)
  11. Birdies (3:06)
  12. Rhapsody In Pink (5:21)
  13. Codex (2:29)

Reissue edit and mastering by David Thomas at Suma with Paul Hamann engineering.
Re-packaging by John Thompson / idrome.
Original artwork by John Thompson.
Photos by Kathy Ward and John Thompson.

Navvy, Street Waves, Heaven, On The Surface, Dub Housing and Caligari's Mirror

Recorded November 28 1978 at The Electric Ballroom, London. The recording was made by a cassette recorder with a direct line from the mixing desk. The soundman was Paul Hamann. The band was David Thomas, Tom Herman, Allen Ravenstine, Tony Maimone and Scott Krauss.

Small Was Fast, Misery Goats, Go, Ubu Dance Party and Birdies

Recorded 4-track July 1980 at The Mistake, Cleveland, by Mike Bishop. They were mixed by Paul Hamann at Suma. The soundman was Paul Hamann. The band was David Thomas, Mayo Thompson, Allen Ravenstine, Tony Maimone and Scott Krauss.

Rhapsody In Pink and Codex

Recorded March 1981 on a cassette recorder with a direct line from the mixing desk at the University of Heidelberg, Heidelberg, Germany. The band was David Thomas, Mayo Thompson, Allen Ravenstine, Tony Maimone and Scott Krauss.

Navvy, Street Waves, Heaven, On The Surface, Dub Housing, Caligari's Mirror, Small Was Fast, Ubu Dance Party and Codex written by Herman - Krauss - Maimone - Thomas - Ravenstine. ©1978 Fire Songs, under license from Ubu Projex in USA/Canada. ©1978 Virgin Music-BMG VM Music Ltd in Rest of World.

Go, Misery Goats, Birdies and Rhapsody In Pink written by Krauss - Maimone - Ravenstine - Thomas - Thompson. ©1980 Fire Songs, under license from Ubu Projex / Music Language in US/Canada. ©1980 Virgin Music-BMG VM Music Ltd in Rest of World.


Release History

  • Rough Trade Records
    • (UK) Rough CD 93 1989 cd.
    • (US) Rough US 61 1989 cd.
  • Hearpen Records HR117 Apr 5 2004 cd.

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The Pere Ubu Moon Unit

(2015)

Out of print.

Songs:
  1. Leeds(a)
  2. Leeds(b)
  3. Leeds(c)
  4. Leeds(d)
  5. Leeds(e)


Fire Records Press Release

Since the American Federation of Musicians have blocked Pere Ubu from performing in America, the band has renounced not only its American 'citizenship' but also its American past. The Pere Ubu Moon Unit, a subset of the band, has released 'Leeds,' a petition to the authorities in that English town, to grant Pere Ubu asylum as a band that formed in Leeds, in 1975. Those authorities are a specially convened congress of the members of Gang of Four, Sisters of Mercy, Soft Cell, The Mekons and The Wedding Present. Any member of the congress may object and Pere Ubu will then turn to the authorities in Port Talbot for sanctuary.

Following on from their improvised sets on their Visions of the Moon Tour, 2014, the Pere Ubu Moon Unit was born as solution to the often irritating conversations regarding Support Bands. David Thomas says "if we're going to have to endure crappy support bands then we'll do it ourselves. The Moon Unit plays a 30 minute show of songs made up from nothing."

'Nothing' never materialised. Instead, there were half hour continuous performances that opened unique new pathways in the Pere Ubu sound. Songs were formed, the musicians pushed their own and each other's boundaries, Thomas was Ringmaster, with sleight of hand and voice. Whilst unmistakably the 'sound' of Pere Ubu, these sessions were raw and fascinating and it was only through chance that a recording was captured.

This album was recorded at the Brudenell in Leeds, during the November 2014 tour of the UK. This intelligent and theatrical recording exudes the unrelenting energy that was witnessed by the audience during these 'support' sessions. It is an extraordinary and just addition to the Pere Ubu story. At the end, Thomas concludes with a suggestion to the observers, "If you were cool like Jimi Hendrix, or something, or Brian May... you'd turn that into a national anthem."

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