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With bandleader and chief warbler David Thomas leading a revolving door of group members since 1978, Pere Ubu has remained a hugely influential musical entity in the post-punk years. After all this time, Lady from Shanghai may be the Ubu Dance Party record fans have been waiting for. They (okay, we) don't care much for typical nightclub fare. Give 'em spastic, give 'em skronky, give 'em impenetrable—set to any kind of rhythmic clatter—and dance they will. This collection has plenty of rhythmic clatter. It's full of linoleum-carving snare drum and bass grooves, paving the way for eerie synths, Hitchcockian strings, shattering cymbals, wicked and plotting woodwinds, and Thomas' own crazily careening vocals. Various tracks here produce scene-stealing moments: Pere Ubu undoes Anita Ward's "Ring My Bell" ("go to he-eelll") on the chameleonic opening track, "Thanks." Thomas plaintively insists "I never wanted to spoil your party" on the jazzy, see-sawing "Free White." And on the serpentine "Mandy," he creepily intones: "Won't you come out to play?"

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Another great one!

Pere Ubu is an American treasure! David Thomas and co. bang out another great album. It is filled with all the things we have come to love about their sound while incorporating some new ideas. This is light years above most stuff available these days! A true gem.

Lady from Shanghai



Formed: August, 1975 in Cleveland, OH

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Pere Ubu emerged from the urban wastelands of mid-'70s Cleveland to impact the American underground for generations to follow; led by hulking frontman David Thomas, whose absurdist warble and rapturously demented lyrics remained the band's creative focus throughout their long, convoluted career, Ubu's protean art punk sound harnessed self-destructing melodies, scattershot rhythms, and industrial-strength dissonance to capture the angst and chaos of their times with both apocalyptic fervor and surprising...
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