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Re: (TV) Rest in Peace Peter Laughner......
I can agree in a way--particularly with the Beefheart (I'm cheating
here: David has professed his admiration of Mr. Van Vliet many
times)--although there are some components of Ubu's music that are
intensely _other_, or at least, their arrangement of them is so, that
makes their music seem to come from a different place entirely. I'm
thinking of two other treasures on _Modern Dance_: "Real World" and
"Over My Head." Maybe you have to be from the rust belt to identify
with their otherworldy creepiness, but they do it for me. (Probably
some of the alienation is Wire-like, in a way, but to me it's a
particularly American flavor of it.)
Check out _Dub Housing_ and, once you're acclimated, _New Picnic
Time_. Historical period Ubu was definitely the band that could
gene-splice pop and the sound of heavy industry (not the musical
genre, but the actual kind that makes things).
At 2:03 PM -0500 1/14/00, SCOTT ALDRICH wrote:
Hi Ray and all,
I'm a new fan of Peter and Ubu, just early Ubu thus far, and I spent last
night listening to Humor Me, both the Modern Dance version and the live,
single version from Terminal Tower. I listened to the lyrics, particularly
Dave Thomas spurting out "it's just a joke, man" with rage, and thinking
about the disgust he must have felt at Peter's demise. Intensely moving, and
Tom Herman's guitar is great. Non-Alignment Pact has stirring guitar as
well. Pere Ubu and Wire are two seminal bands that I've really responded to
lately, they have a similar avant-garage appeal, as does early Television of
Little Johnny Jewel and the like. Also lately a friend turned me onto
Beefheart's early 80's "Doc at the Radar Station" which has a similar
sensibility, twisted visionary guitar music. You can really hear the lineage
of Ubu, even a bit of Hell and Patti Smith (in terms of kindred
poet/rockers). Anyone else agree?
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