Not sure why there's any debate about this album, because it's friggin great. For a band that started in 1975, these guys are still going strong, and for me, every new release is a reason to celebrate. I heard nothing about this album beforehand - the downside of still being considered "underground" after all these years I guess - but I was looking through a bin of new releases and LADY FROM SHANGHAI jumped out at me and demanded I buy it. Needless to say, I didn't have to be told twice.
From the demented "disco from hell" intro song, "Thanks," (the lyrics are "You can go to Hell," over and over, sung to the tune of "Ring My Bell" by Anita Ward) onward, this is prime Ubu, and I've been listening to it virtually non-stop for days now. If you're an Ubu fan, you'll dig this one. If not, but you've always been curious about the band, you might want to give it a try. And if you get hooked, go back and check out stuff like Dub Housing, the Tenement Years and Why I Hate Women.
Nobody sounds like Pere Ubu, and I want to thank David Thomas and Co. for that. And no, this is not the same Dave Thomas as the guy from the Wendy's commercials- for one thing, this one is still alive (but wouldn't that be a kick if Dave took over the burger franchise! Kind of like David Lynch taking over McDonalds!) And personally, I'm thankful he's alive and kicking, cuz, hell, I want more of where this album came from. Don't stop, Dave. Ubu Forever.