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  • Audio CD (30 Sept. 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Cooking Vinyl
  • ASIN: B000024IMP
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 165,836 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Folly Of Youth
  2. Electricity
  3. Beach Boys
  4. Turquoise Fins
  5. Vaccum In My Head
  6. Memphis
  7. Three Things
  8. Horse
  9. Don't Worry
  10. Ray Gun Suitcase
  11. Surfer Girl
  12. Red Sky
  13. Montana
  14. My Friend Is A Stooge Of The Media Priests
  15. Down By The River

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Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
A great sparkling gem lying glittering in the open sunlight, you know you want to pick it up, as it is glinting its multi faceted surface. One of the albums which detailed a marked return to form and it is up there as one of the best, for me at least. From the opening track it opens with a full intention. This was produced as they moved into the big time and this one of the few albums by any artist that actually sounds any good.

For the Ubu experience this is much more structured with its verses and choruses, but it is not exactly fit for smooth radio, (unlike Cloudland) it is too angular, quirky and just out-there. This would never glide into soothing an office pig pen, or helping happy consumers part with their cash in River Island - but this has more hooks than a Pirates Convention.

From the first salvo of helium in action vocals the theremins and dissonant guitars provide monomeric backgrounds, to images arising from the vast plains of the mid-west. Here the mystery of everyday worlds form in a river of smog and swirl.

David Thomas glides these structures in his self built world, operating in the same manner as Mark E Smith bobs along in his, moving on his own custom built guide-rails, as he contorts his voice to create new cartoon style timbres. Hushed vocals evoke night those quiet time drives, along white lined roads, all caught in dirty fly stained headlamps. It is here the images of life are briefly seen as the listener is wrapped up in David's vision. There are a troupe of great tracks on this platter and there is no standout because it all stands together even the single about Catherine.

Assimilating elements of a wider musical score, this fits neatly into the top end of the Ubu catalogue, with its relentless exploration of the hidden crannies enticing the listener with big bouncing tunes. A harder guitar with a touch of grunge takes it to the surreal room.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x9c998c0c) out of 5 stars 8 reviews
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9c3f281c) out of 5 stars A brilliant return to form! 29 July 2007
By M. L. Johnson - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
After tinkering with a more (supposedly) commercially-oriented pop sound in the late 80's and early 90's, Pere Ubu reformed and came roaring back with this gem which, in my humble opinion, ranks right up there with their best. In some ways, this outing even tops the much-heralded masterpieces of their heyday (e.g. Modern Dance, Dub Housing, etc.) in that it is really, really TIGHT. Whereas many of their other efforts tend to meander a bit (not that that's necessarily a bad thing, mind you), this thing is focused like a laser (from the "ray gun" in the title, perhaps???). I find it fascinating that what we see here is an occurrence of what I like to call "recycled influences". This is where an influential band or artist that's been around a while ends up being influenced by other bands/artists that THEY influenced in the first place. Even though this phenomenon certainly couldn't be called common, it's not as rare as you might think, either. Recall how David Bowie was re-influenced by Nine Inch Nails a while back. Listening to this, I can make out distinct shades of Sonic Youth, REM, Pixies, and even They Might Be Giants. These are groups that would have existed as completely different entities if it weren't for the guiding light of Pere Ubu, if they would have even existed at all. I really do thoroughly enjoy every song on this album, and there is absolutely NO filler. Especially, I find "Folly of Youth", "Electricity", "Vacuum in My Head", "Three Things", "Horse", and "Red Sky" to be utterly crazed, psychotic masterpieces. "Red Sky" in particular really kills me - it vies with "Small was Fast" (off of "New Picnic Time") as my all-time favorite Ubu song. No matter what else you might want to say, at the end of the day, Pere Ubu chose to get back to their roots and be re-influenced by THEMSELVES! And that's a very good thing, indeed.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9c26490c) out of 5 stars The Ray Gun is Zapping You. 25 July 2001
By David Fields - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I adore this album. It has to be listened to myself, alone, when I'm feeling really blue, cuz it pumps me up.
Certainly, most reviewers "in the know" about this group probably dont consider this one of their best, and who can blame them? Progress is too fast for the faint of heart, and pop is too lame for those who cannot find words for their own feelings. For those, please listen to "My Friend is a Stooge to the Media Priest".
For all the rest, listen to this clash of pop and alternative rock blast out your ears and hammer you to your couch.
The lyrics to this album are very esoteric, and very funny at times, but Beach Boys and Montana are pleasing to the ear and make me go to that special place in my mind when I'm estatic about a song.
Try something different, raise up your troubles and cares and woes, and lay them on this alter of pop.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9ed771c8) out of 5 stars A brilliant return to form! 29 July 2007
By M. L. Johnson - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
After tinkering with a more (supposedly) commercially-oriented pop sound in the late 80's and early 90's, Pere Ubu reformed and came roaring back with this gem which, in my humble opinion, ranks right up there with their best. In some ways, this outing even tops the much-heralded masterpieces of their heyday (e.g. Modern Dance, Dub Housing, etc.) in that it is really, really TIGHT. Whereas many of their other efforts tend to meander a bit (not that that's necessarily a bad thing, mind you), this thing is focused like a laser (from the "ray gun" in the title, perhaps???). I find it fascinating that what we see here is an occurrence of what I like to call "recycled influences". This is where an influential band or artist that's been around a while ends up being influenced by other bands/artists that THEY influenced in the first place. Even though this phenomenon certainly couldn't be called common, it's not as rare as you might think, either. Recall how David Bowie was re-influenced by Nine Inch Nails a while back. Listening to this, I can make out distinct shades of Sonic Youth, REM, Pixies, and even They Might Be Giants. These are groups that would have existed as completely different entities if it weren't for the guiding light of Pere Ubu, if they would have even existed at all. I really do thoroughly enjoy every song on this album, and there is absolutely NO filler. Especially, I find "Folly of Youth", "Electricity", "Vacuum in My Head", "Three Things", "Horse", and "Red Sky" to be utterly crazed, psychotic masterpieces. "Red Sky" in particular really kills me - it vies with "Small was Fast" (off of "New Picnic Time") as my all-time favorite Ubu song. No matter what else you might want to say, at the end of the day, Pere Ubu chose to get back to their roots and be re-influenced by THEMSELVES! And that's a very good thing, indeed.
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9c2585ac) out of 5 stars A brilliant return to form! 29 July 2007
By M. L. Johnson - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
After tinkering with a more (supposedly) commercially-oriented pop sound in the late 80's and early 90's, Pere Ubu reformed and came roaring back with this gem which, in my humble opinion, ranks right up there with their best. In some ways, this outing even tops the much-heralded masterpieces of their heyday (e.g. Modern Dance, Dub Housing, etc.) in that it is really, really TIGHT. Whereas many of their other efforts tend to meander a bit (not that that's necessarily a bad thing, mind you), this thing is focused like a laser (from the "ray gun" in the title, perhaps???). I find it fascinating that what we see here is an occurrence of what I like to call "recycled influences". This is where an influential band or artist that's been around a while ends up being influenced by other bands/artists that THEY influenced in the first place. Even though this phenomenon certainly couldn't be called common, it's not as rare as you might think, either. Recall how David Bowie was re-influenced by Nine Inch Nails a while back. Listening to this, I can make out distinct shades of Sonic Youth, REM, Pixies, and even They Might Be Giants. These are groups that would have existed as completely different entities if it weren't for the guiding light of Pere Ubu, if they would have even existed at all. I really do thoroughly enjoy every song on this album, and there is absolutely NO filler. Especially, I find "Folly of Youth", "Electricity", "Vacuum in My Head", "Three Things", "Horse", and "Red Sky" to be utterly crazed, psychotic masterpieces. "Red Sky" in particular really kills me - it vies with "Small was Fast" (off of "New Picnic Time") as my all-time favorite Ubu song. No matter what else you might want to say, at the end of the day, Pere Ubu chose to get back to their roots and be re-influenced by THEMSELVES! And that's a very good thing, indeed.
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9c88c4e0) out of 5 stars A brilliant return to form! 29 July 2007
By M. L. Johnson - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
After tinkering with a more (supposedly) commercially-oriented pop sound in the late 80's and early 90's, Pere Ubu reformed and came roaring back with this gem which, in my humble opinion, ranks right up there with their best. In some ways, this outing even tops the much-heralded masterpieces of their heyday (e.g. Modern Dance, Dub Housing, etc.) in that it is really, really TIGHT. Whereas many of their other efforts tend to meander a bit (not that that's necessarily a bad thing, mind you), this thing is focused like a laser (from the "ray gun" in the title, perhaps???). I find it fascinating that what we see here is an occurrence of what I like to call "recycled influences". This is where an influential band or artist that's been around a while ends up being influenced by other bands/artists that THEY influenced in the first place. Even though this phenomenon certainly couldn't be called common, it's not as rare as you might think, either. Recall how David Bowie was re-influenced by Nine Inch Nails a while back. Listening to this, I can make out distinct shades of Sonic Youth, REM, Pixies, and even They Might Be Giants. These are groups that would have existed as completely different entities if it weren't for the guiding light of Pere Ubu, if they would have even existed at all. I really do thoroughly enjoy every song on this album, and there is absolutely NO filler. Especially, I find "Folly of Youth", "Electricity", "Vacuum in My Head", "Three Things", "Horse", and "Red Sky" to be utterly crazed, psychotic masterpieces. "Red Sky" in particular really kills me - it vies with "Small was Fast" (off of "New Picnic Time") as my all-time favorite Ubu song. No matter what else you might want to say, at the end of the day, Pere Ubu chose to get back to their roots and be re-influenced by THEMSELVES! And that's a very good thing, indeed.
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