Band Cleveland emerged in the mid-70s, influencing generations of underground groups. Led by David Thomas (a guy with a great “stage presence” …), whose lyrics were meaningless throughout the band’s career a major creative focus, the art-punk of Pere Ubu contains chaotic rhythms, melodies and dissonances destructive capture industrial punk fury of his time.
It remains, along with “Dub Housing”, the album of the band. The first thing you hear is a painful and extremely sharp noise interference, which cuts off the guitar great Tom Herman, imitating Chuck Berry, begins "Non-Alignment Pact”, and suddenly you realize you have not heard anything like that.
They were said for the new wave of United States as well as Joy Division for the British, but more emotionally complex: demonstrated by the aforementioned "Non-Alignment Pact” and “Life Stinks”.
If a disk now seems difficult to follow, that has nothing to do with the logic of the rock, would have seen what they thought the Mercury Records in 1978. However, the dynamics of the most normal, like “Street Waves” and “Laughing”, has greatly influenced the alternative music since.
Surprising is, therefore, the success Pere Ubu in his music, with those touches “avant-garde”, without departing too far from the mainstream, which at the time was punk.
To prove instrumental group that spirit, it is song that gives title to the album, instead of guitar solo, you can hear the sounds of a shopping center, or also "Sentimental Journey”, which in its first minute has only single notes , threw bottles and footsteps.
But the great success of Pere Ubu is also due to the exceptional Ravenstine Allen keyboards and the rhythm section of Tony Maimone (bass) and Scott Krauss (drums).