Posted in music | pictures on March 30, 2010

photos by Ryan Muir

Pere Ubu

"We can't read most of the notes we scribbled during Pere Ubu's rendering of Alfred Jarry's 1896 Absurdist masterpiece "Ubu Roi" at (le) Poisson Rouge. But that turned out to be entirely within the spirit of the vintage experimental rockers' shambolically brilliant U.S. debut of the spectacle retitled "Long Live Pere Ubu!" As an onscreen title suggested during intermission, "The more you drink, the more sense it makes." Apart from a schematic story about Pere Ubu's conquest of Poland, lost war with Russia, and ignoble return to France, the six-act work's sense was far less important than bandleader David Thomas's daft yet deft sensibility.

"Basically, it's just a fucked-up Macbeth," said Thomas by way of introduction - adding that the Little Rascals' notion of "Hey, let's put on a show" was his main inspiration...." [Village Voice]

Pere Ubu performed Long Live Pére Ubu at Le Poisson Rouge on Sunday night (3/28). David Thomas was backed by a full band and animations by the Brothers Quay during the approximately 90 minute show (split in half by a 20 minute intermission).
"Thomas, the remaining original member of the seminal Akron, Ohio, group, proceeded to polish off a bottle of wine and a flask of something stronger during the next two hours, while sweating like a pig in a pervy raincoat. Pere Ubu's frontman has declared the show's accompanying recording "the only punk record that's been made in the last 30 years," and he's got a point. The show's chaotic march of writhing, stuttering, mincing, hectoring, slurring, farting, bunny-hopping belching, and tantrum throwing, led by a besotted 55-year-old working out his midlife crisis in public, makes younger punks seem like quaint nostalgia acts in comparison..." [Village Voice]
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Comments (13)

MIKE REILY LIVES!

Posted by Anonymous | March 30, 2010 1:23 PM

Looks like Dave lost some weight. Hopefully it is from a more healthy lifestyle (although I do know he's sick).

Bummed that I forgot about this show.

Posted by Anonymous | March 30, 2010 1:40 PM

Ubu's still got it. Would love to hear/see full LP performances of "Modern Dance" or "Dub Housing".

Posted by Anonymous | March 30, 2010 2:00 PM

Sick?

Posted by Anonymous | March 30, 2010 3:08 PM

looks like Village Voice wrote a nice review for you. when did you hire them to write for you?

Posted by Anonymous | March 30, 2010 4:14 PM

does village voice even pay its contributers?

Posted by Anonymous | March 30, 2010 4:23 PM

For the record, Pere Ubu is from Cleveland, not Akron.

Posted by Ed | March 30, 2010 4:41 PM

4:23,
good point. multiple publications/blogs making money off the same unpaid contributor. i love the lack of business ethics in web publishing

Posted by Anonymous | March 30, 2010 5:09 PM

A real band with an original front. David Thomas is one of the few unique front men out there from the last 25 plus years and Pere Ubu's changes but still keeps their signature.

Someone said David Thomas is sick??
Whats wrong?

Posted by Anonymous | March 30, 2010 7:23 PM

Thomas mentioned something during the Prospect Park show, but I don't think he said anything specific. He coudln't do a full set because he of some condition that made him run to the bathroom.

Posted by Anonymous | March 30, 2010 9:21 PM

Oh good grief. David was "sick" as in he was recovering from a cold and/or the winter-to-spring temperature & humidity changes were screwing with his sinuses & voice. Nothing life-threatening. Relax.

Posted by Anonymous | March 31, 2010 10:51 AM

Well hell it could be anything and David Thomas did or still does live by the Newtown creek in the old part of LIC Hunters Point which is a toxic smell fest that tops as the worst polluted site in the U.S.

Posted by Anonymous | April 1, 2010 2:35 AM

david hasn't lived in the us for 30 years

Posted by Anonymous | April 2, 2010 2:50 PM

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