FRONT DESIGN The Long Goodbye
Produced, engineered and mixed by David Thomas.

Cherry Red Records
Released July 12 2019
CDBRED747, cd
BRED747, vinyl lp


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"The soaring dynamic and intimate dramatic end result is so powerful that it defies reason. Pere Ubu's The Long Goodbye is a 5 star hit of Avant Garage." - Jussi Niemi, Soundi, (Finland)

"The Long Goodbye has a sound all of its own, very modern, very original, and I feel this is popular music in the very best sense of the word, something we don't see enough of today." - Steve Earles, Hellbound

"The strange thing with the record is not that it sounds weird. Pere Ubu always did, and that's why they are so beloved (and probably sell so few records). What's truly bizarre is that, despite Thomas's opinion of the group that they're not a very good pop band, some bits are unbelievably catchy and stick to the ear like wax." - Hugo, Everything is Noise

"More than just a record, this last band work is an experience - hard and pure." - Lamberto Colpi, Deagostini Vinyl (Italy)

"Once again, Thomas can surprise you with an unpredictable and remarkable album and underpins his exceptional position as a musician." - Thomas Kerpen, Ox Magazine (Germany)

"A record that is both rebellious and catchy at the same time and Thomas' whimsy in full glory shows off unique, compelling tracks." - Eric van Domburg Scipio, Heaven (Netherlands)

"Because for thirty-eight minutes after 4 a.m., The Long Goodbye sounded like the album of the year. And, as it happened, I would not fall asleep until the break of dawn." - Good Art Bad WIne, Album of the Month

"A great circle of a band's story, which might have made its best album." - Greil Marcus, Rolling Stone

"It's deceptively simple stuff packed with a high density of intriguing incidental details." - Sean Kitching, The Quietus

"The record is of monstrous intelligence and daring. It is a record of extraordinary complexity. After three weeks of intensive listening it has not exhausted itself... The album works like a vision, a revelation. This gives it an obvious superiority over everything that has been done before. This is the manifestation of truth and revelation in the form of mystery." - Benjamin Berton, Sun Burns Out (France)

"The Long Goodbye feels more of a capstone to an arch built block by block over the years, but an arch to support what might come next. Thomas is a North American treasure on par with Waits and Leonard Cohen." - Mark Moody, Soundblab

"Is there such a thing as 'The Great American Novel'? There is an argument to be made that David Thomas, over 45 years and with assorted collaborators, has been writing that very thing and that The Long Goodbye is its final chapter." - Ed Whitelock, PopMatters

"As tangled in shadows and slicing observation as Raymond Chandler's namesake novel, the album - layered in dense, pictorial electronics - evokes Ubu's early riff-driven reckoning in the electro-garage opener 'What I Heard on the Pop Radio' and the high-noon noir 'Flicking Cigarettes at the Sun.' The darkness and programming closes in even tighter as Thomas crosses a nation of ravaged landscapes and battered dreams in the long spoken fever of 'The Road Ahead.'" - David Fricke, Rolling Stone

"Pop for the Advanced. Exquisite to the end." - Alexander Müller, Rolling Stone Germany.

"In over forty years, he has written pages amongst the most beautiful and atypical of the avant-rock...solemn alien voice, jazz echoes, rough sips, gloomy atmospheres, hallucinations and restlessness. Moreover, Pere Ubu have never been 'normal.'" - Federico Guglielmi, Stone Music (Italy) -

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CD Package:
[The album]
  1. What I Heard On The Pop Radio
  2. Marlowe
  3. Flicking Cigarettes At The Sun
  4. Road Is A Preacher
  5. Who Stole The Signpost?
  6. The World (As We Can Know It)
  7. Fortunate Son
  8. The Road Ahead
  9. Skidrow-on-Sea
  10. Lovely Day

['Montreuil,' the bonus disk in the CD package]
  1. Heart Of Darkness
  2. Flicking Cigarettes At The Sun
  3. Marlowe
  4. What I Heard On The Pop Radio
  5. Road Is A Preacher
  6. Who Stole The Signpost?
  7. The World (As We Can Know It)
  8. Fortunate Son
  9. The Road Ahead
  10. Skidrow-on-Sea
  11. Lovely Day
  12. Road to Utah
  13. Running Dry
  14. Highwaterville


LP Running Order:
Side 1
  1. What I Heard On The Pop Radio
  2. Marlowe
  3. Flicking Cigarettes At The Sun
  4. Road Is A Preacher
  5. Who Stole The Signpost?
  6. The World (As We Can Know It)
Side 2
  1. Fortunate Son
  2. The Road Ahead
  3. Skidrow-on-Sea
  4. Lovely Day
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Links and Background:
Baptized Into The Buzz, the book of the film of the book • Band Photos and related ArtworkBioLyrics • Video for What I Heard On The Pop Radio. • Video for Marlowe

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Release Notes:
The new album by Pere Ubu, 'The Long Goodbye' is the end of a road. David Thomas has been talking about Pere Ubu's journey on the road that passes Satisfied City for many years but he has now declared that they have arrived at the end. Named after Raymond Chandler's novel, Mr Thomas says, "This wraps up every song and story that Pere Ubu has been telling in different ways for the past forty plus years. It is one definitive hour that provides the answers to the questions we've been asking and delivers it up into what I consider the definitive destination."

This Pere Ubu album does not sound like any of the others. It has a large expanse of synths due to Thomas writing and arranging the songs alone with his private collection of drum machines, synthesizers and, uh, a melodeon... before sending it out to the other musicians in Pere Ubu's extensive fold, with invitation for them to take it on and make it more.

Gagarin and Wheeler took up the challenge and embed complex electronica into the multi-faceted landscape. Peter Jørgens' outré percussion adds a tribal dimension, while guitarists Moliné and Temple, along with clarinetist, Darryl Boon, complete this unique fusion of techno meets trad rock meets... the avant garage.

"I'd been listening to commercial pop radio non-stop for months," David Thomas says. "That's what I wanted to rewrite and reimagine. Pop music shouldn't be without meaning or truthfulness. We live in desperate towns and we keep on going regardless of the stench. It's not often you're gonna find the answers. If ever. But here is pop music the way it should sound."

Bonus CD – 'Montreuil'
In December 2018, former band member Chris Cutler rejoined the group for a December gig in France. David Thomas, Chris Cutler, Gagarin and Keith Moliné played the entire album to a packed theatre in Montreuil, Paris, simply because they didn't want to play anything else - the new album had fired an enthusiasm in them that they didn't want to ignore. Considering they had only played it for the first time two days before, and considering the tracks were not even finalised in the studio, the concert was an astonishing feat that had the audience baying for more. This concert is included as a bonus disc in CD format. It is a fascinating insight into the first incarnations of the music and again shows how a studio album is only one view of the infamous Pere Ubu cup.

Album Personnel:
David Thomas: vocals, analog synthesizers, melodeon, drum program
Keith Molinè: electric guitar
Gagarin: digital synthesizers, drum program
Robert Wheeler: Theremin, analog synthesizers
Darryl Boon: clarinet
Michele Temple: electric and upright bass
P. O. Jørgens: drum kit, percussion
Also appearing: Gary Siperko, electric guitar

Montreuil Personnel:
David Thomas: vocals
Keith Molinè: electric guitar
Gagarin: digital synthesizers, drum program
Chris Cutler: drum kit, percussion

Recorded in back rooms and Ninth World Studio, Fredensborg, Denmark
Mastered by Nick Watson, Fluid Mastering
Cover design: Kiersty Boon
Management: Kiersty Boon

All songs written by David Thomas, ©2019 Cherry Red Songs, under exclusive license from Hearpen Music

More reviews

"The Long Goodbye is a bold and transgressive release, from a group who have consistently pushed the envelope of what constitutes popular, albeit alternative, music for decades." - A Pessimist Is Never Disappointed

"...an avant garde bastard in the best sense, which in its consequence comes close to the experiments of the Flaming Lips or Tom Waits at the time of 'Frank's Wild Years.' "- Good Times (Germany)

The vibes novelistic on this "end of the road" album... 8/10" - John Lewis, Uncut Magazine

"I have no reservation in awarding this somewhat unusual product a perfect score. 10/10" - Nick James, God Is In The TV

"There's something of a sense of completion, a wheel turning full circle." - David Kidman, FATEA

"It sounds unlike any record they've made before, but is distinctly Pere Ubu." - Brooklyn Vegan, its streaming preview article

"'Even by their standards, this is a wild and challenging album -- coming full circle rarely sounds this exhilarating." - Heather Phares, AllMusic

"The Long Goodbye after 44 years and 20 albums actually provides the essence of Pere Ubu: the eternal landscape." - Albert Koch, MusikExpress (Germany)

"There is that apparent grace of change driven into the soul of The Long Goodbye, a nostalgic glance backwards while still retaining a fresh push forward." - Kevin Burke, The Big Takeover

"Bold thinking; as we expect from these quarters." - Post-Punk Monk

"I can't believe Thomas and his crew have ever bothered to listen to pop radio, despite Thomas' claims to the contrary on the press release. I mean why would they when they can come up with this glorious stuff?" - Rupert Loydell, International Times

"The brilliant 'Flicking Cigarettes At The Sun' transports his band back to a sweaty CBGBs in the late 70s, with coarse synth lines and impenetrable Beat-inspired poetry." - Electronic Magazine (UK)

"A 10-song barrage befitting America today. Thomas exhaling oblique Marlowe inspired lyrics over woozy electronic dreamscapes, recalling Beefheart's clashing flow..." - Prog Magazine

"Your guide is David Thomas. Your map tracks an astral highway designed by dreamers who woke too early from a sleepless night burning on a beach at the end of a continent, choked by the smog of disappointment and the charlatan promises of the prophets of propaganda." - Andrew Forell, Dusted Magazine

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