It's often said of certain records 'that without this, **** couldn't have happened', fill in the gap with whichever bunch of bands you like to add in.
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.