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The Importance of Geography

September 18, 2007

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Two things are important to Pere Ubu, intellectually. The cliche; and geography. These ideas decide everything else. Geography is the cliche of chaos. Cliche is the voice of disorder.

Relocating the Argument

September 18, 2007

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It is no good where we are.  Not at all.   The argument needs relocating.  Just a few blades of grass survive, if that.  Sticking out of the cracks between the broken paving. 

The Cliche

September 18, 2007

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In ‘Little Sister’, on 18 Monkeys Thomas manages to say, or to sing, the word “Yeah” for by my count something approaching 40 times in a row; we hear it – it is repeated, it’s said once and again, where this is done without losing the feel of variation and continuity of thought of the music – it works as a balancing act – […]

Homelessness (2)

September 18, 2007

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Pere Ubu’s song textures, sounds, mike distortions, studio involutions – aesthetic foibles – guitar bumbles – tape loops – drum beatings advance the idea that we are homeless.  Everything says that we are not at home in the world.  Nothing else is presented.  We are homeless, we have no place to live, there is nowhere to live, nowhere […]