Worlds In Collision is the Pere Ubu album for people who don't like Pere Ubu. As such, it's almost as weird as anything else to be found in this astonishing band's back pages. The record - here given a shiny remaster with a few extra tracks chucked in - sits in the Ubu's second phase, following the five-year huff prompted by the appalling Song of the Bailing Man, and continued the Frankenstein's monster reanimation process sparked by the magnificent Tenement Year and majestic Cloudland. But from the gentle acoustic opening chords of "Oh Catherine" (Thomas, mournfully: "It's like I live in a ghost tale"), it's clear the Ubu men have one eye on some much-needed commercial success, borne out by the rocky follower "I Hear They Smoke The Barbecue". "Turpentine" adds a dash of standard Ubu weirdness, but practically from then on it's a fairly straightforward romp through Americana, with Pet Shop Boys' producer Stephen Hague lending the songs a lush pop sheen. Standouts include the angular title track with its bizarre French refrain and choppy time signature - "something weird is coming this way" croons Thomas unsettlingly - "Goodnight Irene" with its thundering bass line, and the sombre "Winter In The Firelands" which closed the original album (I got all excited when I saw "Mirror Man" but it's not the Beefheart staple). Throughout, the players - and especially late, lamented guitar lieutenant Jim Jones - play with a dexterity, feel and touch made all the more heartbreaking because you knew they were never going to reach the ears of the people who needed to hear albums like this. The follow-up, "Story Of My Life", saw the band start the return to their avant garage roots, but "Worlds In Collision" represents a strange, frozen moment in their career when they threatened to morph into Cuddly Ubu. "I wanna be like you are," wails David Thomas in "Over The Moon"; not in a million years, my friend.