Saturday, February 10, 2007

Pere Ubu - Modern Dance + Life Stinks + The Final Solution

Continuing the trend with overlooked bands, Pere Ubu were a strange avant-garde proto-punk band that was surprisingly enough not from the UK, but Ohio.

Their sound can be most likened to a blend of Krautrock influence (Can, Neu!) with art-punk aesthetics. Vocally, Pere Ubu couldn't really be pinpointed anywhere, though Black Francis (Charles Thompson) of the Pixies was certainly influenced by David Thomas' irregular style, frequently fluctuating with intensity.

First two songs I'm posting are from their 1978 debut album, The Modern Dance. The band however had been in exisitance since 1975, initially releasing only singles. They're still making music today, and their lastest album was released last year. The last and final song I'm uploading is perhaps their most definitive track, and is certainly their most well known: The Final Solution, their second single initally released in 1976. Over the years it has been covered by Nine Inch Nails, Peter Murphy, and TV on the Radio, one time all three at once.

Pere Ubu - Modern Dance

"Eight fifty-five
down at the show
she leaves early
He'll never know
Cuz our poor boy
believes in chance
he'll never get the modern dance"

Pere Ubu - Life Stinks
"I need a drink
I can't think
I like the Kinks
Life stinks"

Pere Ubu -
The Final Solution
"Buy me a ticket to a sonic reduction
Guitars gonna sound like a nuclear destruction
Seems I'm a victim of natural selection
Meet me on the other side, another direction

Don't need a cure
Need a final solution"

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