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Lady From Shanghai

Pere Ubu Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (7 Jan 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Fire Records
  • ASIN: B00AC4D6UK
  • Other Editions: Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 92,843 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Smash the Hegemony of Dance. Stand still. Pere Ubu return with their first new studio album for over three years in January 2013, the thirty-fifth anniversary of the group's debut (The Modern Dance). Lady From Shanghai is to be released on new label 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. "What is the problem? Dance encourages the body to move without permission." An accompanying book 'Chinese Whispers: The Making of Lady From Shanghai' will be launched around the same time, extensively exploring the ideas and methods behind the recording. The Pere Ubu project was supposed to be an end, not a beginning. Assembled in August 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.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars rock and roll for those who don't re-cycle 13 Jan 2013
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
like a friendly phoenix, pere ubu incur my interest for about the 4th time in 36 years, usually to disappear, or to eventually disappoint. have tickets for gig at mono in april, and bought this by way of update, to be absolutely thrilled by the fresh, vital approach taken. this being the ubu dance album, it commences with some mutated disco, followed by track after track of pure 'ubu' mastery. it grooves and it rocks with urgent energy that no 36 year old band should have, and i might suggest this record be a starting point for the newly interested [along with 'the modern dance']. there is even a potential hit single in 'mandy'. can you dance to it?-hmmm. is it a dance record?- no. is it a rock record?- no. does it rock?- absolutely!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Durable Does It 14 Jan 2013
By The Wolf TOP 100 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
Not many bands get as far as their fourth decade in the business and
still sound as fresh as this. Mad, bad and just a little bit dangerous
to know, Pere Ubu, with David Thomas ever at the helm, continue to shake
things from the bottom up with their fifteenth studio album 'Lady From
Shanghai'. They've never ever come close to the middle of the road and
the eleven tracks in this uncompromising collection are no exception to
the rule. Abrasive, loose-limbed and often very funny, it's a breath of
unpredictable fresh air which cocks a snoot at so many fly-by-night trends.

When Mr Thomas sings "You Can Go To Hell", in muffled tones, to the melody
of Anita Ward's 1979 hit 'Ring My Bell' against the grungily insistent backbeat
of opening number 'Thanks' I didn't quite know whether or not laugh or cry but
very nearly ended up doing both simultaneously! He clearly hasn't lost his sense
of humour. The spirit of Captain Beefheart never seems too far away in these
wonderfully ramshackle performances. The fractured skiffle of 'Feuksley Ma'am,
The Hearing'; the dark, angular snap and snarl of 'Musicians Are Scum'; 'The
Road Trip Of Bipasha Ahmed', a rambling spoken blues straight out of a David
Lynch movie and the deliciously obtuse final track 'The Carpenter Sun', an
abstract and quasi-improvised little slice of someone's darkest nightmare.
It's all good. It pokes you in the ribs and tugs at your teeth. It's a hoot!

Highly Recommended.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thomas is lost in the Melancholia of The Truth 26 Jan 2013
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I watched someone listen to the first track of this album on Spotify on my recommendation, and they flinched, and took off their earphones. It is not so cacophonous as it could be but this first track expresses a mood of hopelessness. The music is rescued by Thomas's humour; the cornflake and sugar bag rhythms of Mandy. He has this way with pronouncing words. The soft catch at the back of his throat when he says "woncha come out to play" is hypnotic and weird. Pere Ubu are unique. I have been listening to them for decades and will continue to listen to them for their poetry, and for their sheer power as cartographers of the strange in the familiar constantly pushing at the boundaries of what rock music can do.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Quirky Masterpiece 9 Dec 2013
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How can you effectively review Pere Ubu. It will never be to everybody's taste. At times iy sounds like an out of control train, others whimsical and inane. But that why the people that like Pere Ubu, like Pere Ubu.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pere Ubu Again! 19 Jan 2013
By Zeno - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Most of you reading this must at least be familiar with the iconic albums, such as Modern Dance. I bought the original singles on Hearthan records, and still cherish that music. Over the years, Ubu has held a strange but interesting fascination, like the Residents. I didnt't always like the new albums, though respecting the musical adventurism. Somehow, I really, really, like this record. David Thomas' voice is as it was in the 70's. The music as experiential. But there's an Ubu vibe that still excites that musical appetite that got me started on this band.

This CD is seeing heavy play in the changer. Maybe yours.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars PERE UBU - STILL GOING STRONG! 12 Jan 2013
By L.L. Soares - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
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.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Explorations In The Bent Rhythms Of Pere Ubu 26 Feb 2013
By Andre S. Grindle - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
In all honest Pere Ubu was one of those bands I've had a great interest in getting into ever since my father and one of his friends played a cassette tape of their album Cloudland almost twenty years ago. Because I've always been under the opinion that rock n roll,even at it's most experimental,tended to more about finding new ways to make noise,be loud and consequently be heard it did tend to grow off of me as the music of pure insecurity after a time. That was,of course,until I realized that many of these experimental rock bands/artists actually went a little ways into exploring some of that insecurity both conceptually and instrumentally,often with the intention of re-evaluating the genre's latent stereotypical angst. That seems to be more or less were David Thomas and Pere Ubu are coming from on this their latest release.

The album opens with "Thanks",a very vibrant and discordant dance/rock with the fluidly craggy voice of David Thomas singing "Go to hell" to the melody of Anita Ward's "Ring My Bell". On "Free White" and "Feuskley Ma'am,The Hearing" and "Lampshade Man" everything from the guitars,the behind the beat drumming and the sometimes extreme time signatures illustrate what the late Jerry Garcia referred to as "R&B with a large amount of weirdness". The closet thing to a "conventional" pop song structure here is "Mandy",with very prominent verses and choruses-though after that again it doesn't have much bearing on anything close to "pop". "Musicians Are Sum","Road Trip Of Bipsha Ahmed" and "414 Seconds" finds Thomas musing on everything from lustful rock stars to ones very perception of reality,all on some of the most fuzzed and slow crawling abstract blues one could imagine. "And Than Nothing Happened" and especially the closer "The Carpenter Son" both break off from choruses into multiple layers of pure found sound based harmonies.

I haven't heard many other full length Pere Ubo albums other than this to make a comparison a midst the broader spectrum of their work. I can therefore only speak of this particular album. At their rhythmic core,these songs explore their abstract musical combinations through layers of percussive rhythms that are,at their root,heavily influenced by R&B.blues,funk and disco. Over that however,the instrumentation takes off into often purely uncharted territory. But somehow,at least with this album,they make the more danceable rhythms impossible to deny. This irony of rhythm of joining percussive rhythms with disjointed instrumental solos is best summed up in the messaged stated within the album jacket: "Smash the hegemony of dance-Stand Still". The overall effect is much like the Talking Heads and Captain Beefheart having teamed up to record the songs of Frank Zappa,just for my own simplistic generalization of how to present this music to those unfamiliar with this band by and large as I was. It's abstract,challenging,wondrous,thought provoking. And in unexpected ways,very funky.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not Bad At All 10 Jan 2013
By You are most likely wrong - Published on Amazon.com
Not a bad album, but you have to get behind the new direction first explored on Why I Hate Women. If you liked that album, you should enjoy this. Latter day Pere Ubu won't do it for everyone, but for those that dig it, this is a fairly decent record.
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful 15 Mar 2013
By Jonathan D. Berke - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Vinyl|Verified Purchase
Pere Ubu is back...wonderful ..David does it again....A+..the longer tracks really float my boat . I got the 45 rpm vinyl copy which sounds like heaven..
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