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The Modern Dance [CD]

Pere Ubu Audio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
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  • Audio CD (30 Sep 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Cooking Vinyl
  • ASIN: B0000250B4
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 38,721 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Non Alignment Pact
2. Modern Dance
3. Laughing
4. Street Waves
5. Chinese Radiation
6. Life Stinks
7. Real World
8. Over My Head
9. Sentimental Journey
10. Humour Me

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Product Description

Please note that this CD, The Modern Dance by Pere Ubu, does contain a crackling sound. This is an intended part of the CD and is not a fault.

Product Description

PERE UBU The Modern Dance (1998 UK 10-track CD album issue of the 1978 original jewel case superb avant-punk album from the US band that features the classics Nonalignment Pact and The Modern Dance. The sleeve and disc are both in excellent condition COOKCD141)

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the classic debut albums... 27 Feb 2006
By Jason Parkes #1 HALL OF FAME
Format:Audio CD
Pere Ubu's 'The Modern Dance' is not technically a debut LP, coming on the back of several singles collected on both 'Datapanik in the Year Zero' & 'Terminal Tower' and following an album's worth of material released as Rocket from the Tombs (much bootlegged these have since been released). It came from Cleveland and was headed by David Thomas, a sometime music journalist with a fixation on Captain Beefheart's 'Trout Mask Replica' & Frank Zappa's 'Uncle Meat' - suggesting Beefheart should be cited when discussing TMD (Beefheart's track 'Clear Spot' set the angular tone for Television & Wire; while 'I Love You Big Dummy' most definitely predicts Ubu! The reviewer who objected to Beefheart comparisons for Ubu was just wrong. Does he not hear the demented sax on 'Laughing' and wonder if there's a connection between Don Van Vliet & David Thomas?).
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').
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Redemption in a post-apocolyptic urban landscape 27 Aug 2010
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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. With their debut LP, Thomas metaphorically wears the mask of a tormented and melancholic individual whose inner psyche is troubled by paranoid complexes and schizophrenic urges. The channel through which Thomas seeks redemption from his inner phantoms and disorders is his prodigous voice.

However, these inner phantoms and disorders are indicative of a problem that lies elsewhere. The source of the problem is not the inner pysche but rather the external world - an industrialized urban capitalism from which emerges the alienated atomized individual. The deranged system of capitalism provides the catalyst for the creation of the post-modern industrial landscape out of which emerges the deranged paranoid individual.

Thomas's vocal range is far-reaching. He is capable of everything from Sinatra-style crooning to Marvin Gaye's falsetto and the roar of Howling Wolf. His voice acts as the mediating expression between the perceived malfunctioning human mind on the one hand, and the chaos of the industrial city on the other. In this respect, Thomas would have almost certainly agreed with Robert Anton Wilson's suggestion that the madness inherent to capitalism is not a problem of human consciousness which is deemed as somehow malfunctioning and in need of adjustment, but reality itself.

So the guiding theme of Modern Dance (1978) is that of alienation and anxiety within industrial society. Pere Ubu take the fear of the modern world and transplant it into a different scenario, in which death is not physical but spiritual, not due to bombardment but to economic and social mechanisms.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Musical Blueprint 13 Nov 2011
By Mr. M. L. Hawes VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
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.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is Rock 21 Feb 2009
By Diziet TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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I heard this, and the second album 'Dub Housing', when they came out. And I bought them on vinyl. But this is a review of 'The Modern Dance'.

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.

'Laughing' had the people in the shop glancing nervously over their shoulders, as a wailing sax and chang-chang guitars gave way to a rousing chorus and then back to sad sax dribblings.
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5.0 out of 5 stars staggering
think manics holy bible, smiths meat is murder, pixies trompe le monde.
each in their way each band playing without compromise. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Mrlksmith
5.0 out of 5 stars Still Pretty Much Unique
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 more
Published 18 months ago by Keith M
4.0 out of 5 stars still sounds good today
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 more
Published on 23 Oct 2011 by tallmanbaby
5.0 out of 5 stars thank you very much.
hi thank you very much .
its a great album and you got it to me on time .
thank you again very very much i cant stop playing it.
dan x
Published on 24 Nov 2009 by Jean L. Simpson
4.0 out of 5 stars Shut UP!
People continually mention Captain Beefheart in relation to this album which pisses me off because there's nothing more likely to turn someone off than the mention of Beefheart and... Read more
Published on 19 Mar 2005 by J. Moxley
5.0 out of 5 stars Back to the future
I have the vinyl - was delighted to see this on CD. If you've ever wondered where Trent (NiN) gets ideas and inspiration - this must be a part of it. Read more
Published on 21 Feb 2004 by "steveainsworth"
5.0 out of 5 stars They had a plan ready...
Whyever they imploded for a while before being reborn in odd love pop anti REM weirdness eludes me, and essentially don't matter.
This punk/industrial rage is sublime. Read more
Published on 20 Nov 2002 by Daniel Dalton
5.0 out of 5 stars A Mindblowing industrial piercing album.
I first heard this album in 1988 and it instantly became a favourite. David Thomas has a haunting sweet voice which sounds like noise to those who wont appreciate it. Read more
Published on 25 April 2000
5.0 out of 5 stars Marvelously odd music
I first heard this album in 1977-78 after buying it completely on impulse. Never heard of the group but thought the cover looked great. Read more
Published on 11 April 2000 by phil@oakleafsoftware.co.uk
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