Pere Ubu Lady From Shanghai on 2LP
Smash the Hegemony of Dance. Stand still. Pere Ubu return with their first new studio album for over three years, the thirty-fifth anniversary of the group's debut (The Modern Dance). Lady From Shanghai is to be released on Fire Records (home to Guided by Voices, Mission of Burma, Giant Sand, Bailterspace, Josephine Foster and many others).
The album ushers in a new era in the history of Pere Ubu, with David Thomas and band continuing to provoke and shock listeners, further establishing them as one of the most innovative, progressive and important bands of all time. Lady from Shanghai is an album of dance music - it is the Ubu Dance Party. "The dancer is the puppet of the dance," says singer David Thomas. "It's long past time somebody puts an end to this abomination. Lady From Shanghai has fixed the problem."
The Pere Ubu project was supposed to be an end, not a beginning. Assembled in August of 1975 to be the Crosby Stills Nash & Young of the Cleveland music underground, the plan was to record one, maybe two singles and exist no more. Within months, however, those first self-produced records were being snapped up in London, Paris, Manchester, New York and Minneapolis. Pere Ubu was changing the face of rock music.
Over the next 34 years they defined the art of cult; refined the voice of the outsider; and inspired the likes of Joy Division, Pixies, Husker Du, Henry Rollins, REM, Sisters of Mercy, Thomas Dolby, Bauhaus, Julian Cope and countless others. Pere Ubu make a music that is a disorienting mix of midwestern groove rock, "found" sound, analog synthesizers, falling-apart song structures and careening vocals. It is a mix that has mesmerized critics, musicians and fans for decades. Singer David Thomas named the band after the protagonist of Ubu Roi, a play by Frenchman Alfred Jarry.
"Ubu are generally regarded as the missing link between the Velvets and punk. From the beginning they obviously understood the nuts and bolts of popular music, and then loosened them." Joe Cushley, Mojo
"They're the greatest out-rock 'n' roll group of this millennium, and probably the next." Edwin Pouncey, The Wire
Pere Ubu Lady From Shanghai Track Listing:
2. Free White
3. Feuksley Ma'am, the Hearing
5. And Then Nothing Happened
6. Musicians Are Scum
1. Another One (Oh Maybellene)
2. Road Trip Of Bipasha Ahmed
3. Lampshade Man
4. 414 Seconds
5. The Carpenter Sun