- Audio CD (2 Jun. 1998)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Format: Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered, Import
- Label: Imports
- ASIN: B000007OSV
- Other Editions: Audio CD | Audio Cassette | Vinyl | MP3 Download
- Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 109,472 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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Modern Dance Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered, Import
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Rocket from the Tombs were punk-before-punk and had Sid Vicious-before Sid Vicious with Peter Laughner - who would be booted out of Ubu shortly after those early singles '30 Seconds Over Tokyo' & 'Final Solution.' The rest of the Tombs became The Dead Boys, while the other more intellectual, more Beefheartian half named themselves after Alfred Jarry's Ubu plays. Laughner's presence is only found here on the manic 'Life Stinks' where Thomas hollers lines like "Life stinks/I need a drink/I love The Kinks..." which is the closest to the RFTT era. Recorded in 1976/77 and eventually released in February 1978, 'The Modern Dance' showed a band already at their peak - the Thomas-Allen Ravenstine-Tony Maimone-Scott Krauss-&-Tom Herman line-up would deliver the equally great 'Dub Housing' soon after (before stepping sideways with 'New Picnic Time').Read more ›
In the case of Pere Ubu, you'd certainly be in the right area to use this as a cornerstone of reference for a whole bunch of bands from half of Brit pop to countless more experimental art rock bands, including Maximo Park and others.
Essentially what we have here is a son of The Velvet Underground crossed with perhaps Suicide, Can and others with a brilliant lyricist at the helm in the shape of David Thomas. He crafts a couple of relatively accessible tracks early on in the shape of Non Alignment Pact and The Modern Dance before heading off into more dense song structures and weird out tracks which leads me to comparisons with the mighty PIL's Metal Box.
All in all, it's an album that you'll need to spend some quality time with to appreciate it's depths, rather like wading into a forest of thorn strewn bushes knowing that at it's centre lies musical eden. A very tough journey, but once you're there, you'll forget the blistering you may have gone through on the way.
By the way, if you're after easy listening, you'll probably best not bother with this, but for serious muso's, press, purchase and wait for musical joy to arrive.
Yes's 'Close to the Edge' was released in 1972, Emerson, Lake and Palmer's first album came out in 1970, as did King Crimson's 'In the Court of the Crimson King'. And from this background of increasingly self-referential and self-regarding 'prog rock' came two classic albums - Patti Smith's 'Horses' (1975) and this - 'The Modern Dance' (1978).
What a huge breath of fresh air! I still vividly remember the first time I heard this album. I was working in a second-hand record shop in Hull and I put it on the shop system to have a listen. It almost cleared the place.
The first track - 'Nonalignment Pact' - starts with what sounds like feedback. Definitely a sign of things to come. The vocals kick in ('kick' probably is the best word) and we're off on a musical 'Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas' - sort of early Roxy Music on bad acid. Agonised synth squeals but still a really good beat, and a tune. Yes, you can nearly hum it.Read more ›
At the time, the late seventies, they were seen as akin to Devo, Fall, Residents, Tuxedomoon, where they still stand in the odd corner. The sound veers along to a punk snarl but has little in common with Sham and its moorlock style descendants. Far out of kilter the music is founded upon a bass and drums holding a structure in some of the compositions, allowing the rest of the ensemble to feed off each other - as David Thomas reaches into his netherworld to bring out his inner voice.
Streams of consciousness are then shaped into paeans of a fragmented vision that veers from sadness to ecstasy in bipolar celebration of hilarity. So to deconstruct the formal world, this album is part of trying to find the other world which lies beyond the one blandly constructed. It is not punk rock and it is not art, because it howls its tunes into a celebration of the odd, rather than try to become it.
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The fantastic, amazing, weirdo and powerful music of the great Pere Ubu!Published 8 months ago by Alberto B.
think manics holy bible, smiths meat is murder, pixies trompe le monde.
each in their way each band playing without compromise. Read more
My abiding memory of Pere Ubu will always be seeing them take to the stage at London's Roundhouse in 1978 (as support to Graham Parker and The Rumour) looking more like a... Read morePublished on 14 Jan. 2013 by Keith M
Until recently I had never heard any Pere Ubu music, though I remember reading an NME interview with the lead singer, thirty years ago, and thinking he sounded like an interesting... Read morePublished on 23 Oct. 2011 by tallmanbaby
Pere Ubu singer David Thomas's stage persona and alter ego corresponded to the Jarry creation after who the band that he led were named. Read morePublished on 27 Aug. 2010 by Daniel Margrain
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