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Our motto: Ars longa, spectatores fugaces ("Art is forever, an audience comes & goes.")

We don't promote Chaos. We preserve it.


DPK TV (Datapanik TV) is here! - All Ubu All The Time!

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Playlist of DPK Song Videos

Here is a YouTube link to a playlist of DPK song videos from By Order Of Mayor Pawlicki.

Datapanik TV has premiered!

• DPK TV (Datapanik TV) kicked off June 5. It's a livestream hosted by David Thomas. All Ubu All The Time - Q&A sessions, unreleased material, insight, unique ideas, exclusive videos and concerts. DPK TV kicked off with a 60s Monster Movie Special and tracks from the new album.
• $5 a month gets you access. You can delete membership, hassle free, anytime.
• Become a patron and join at https://www.patreon.com/pereubu
• Go to the Calendar Page for a DPK schedule.

Pere Ubu, By Order Of Mayor Pawlicki

Pere Ubu album art
• "You haven't heard Pere Ubu until you've heard Pere Ubu live."
• The album of Pere Ubu's Coed Jail Tour live! It's By Order Of Mayor Pawlicki in colored vinyl and cd.
• "It captures some genuinely thrilling performances. If you've managed to get to 2020 without hearing anything by them, you could do a lot worse than By Order of Mayor Pawlicki. Thank God for Pere Ubu. They were the first, and they'll probably be the last." - Ian Rushbury, Pop Matters

Ubutique Revamped

Ubutique has been overhauled big time. The Festival Of Beans is here with free stuff and Real Good Deals. Meet Col. Beans!

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"With anything Ubu there is never a finality.
Everything is a work-in-progress forevermore."
David Thomas

"A great circle of a band's story, which might have made its best album."
- Greil Marcus, Rolling Stone, review of The Long Goodbye.

What is Datapanik?

It's surprising to many that the Constitution does not provide for a popular vote to elect the president. The decision is left to individual State legislatures. Those legislatures have decided that a popular vote will determine how that state’s electoral ballots will be allocated. It would be, however, arguably Constitutional for a legislature to ignore the popular vote in its state.

What is the point? Until late into the 20th Century Americans tended to identify themselves by their homestate. Ohioans were Ohioans first and Americans second. At the outbreak of the Civil War, President Lincoln offered command of the Union forces to Robert E. Lee. Lee, with anti-slavery opinions, chose to side with the Confederacy because he was a Virginian.

President Roosevelt, in the 30s, inaugurated an encroaching Federalism. The National government had no business determining highway codes or structure, for example, but they offered states large amounts of money to accept federal control. States, always hungry for money, accepted the deal. The die was cast. The paradigm expanded.

By the 60s, the takeover and transformation of the country was well advanced. Media, however, was still regionally-flavored. Television and radio still represented a wild frontier, attractive to the unconventional young. Biting at the stranglehold of the Great And The Good were young punks who found themselves slices of opportunity locally because of the insatiable need to fill air time. In the early 70s, the emergence of low-budget UHF TV channels opened more opportunities, for a brief window. At the other end of the spectrum, however, national media, federal media, exerted itself. By the end of the 70s, regionalism was disappearing.

Datapanik is a principle devised by David Thomas and John Thompson in the late `70s to explain The Way Things Are in a society governed by Media. It has these propositions:
  1. Information is a sedative, a kind of existential palliative care.
  2. Dataflow is imperative.
  3. Info-junkie culture is inevitable.
  4. Judgment impedes dataflow. It is anathema.
  5. Dataflow requires that all things be demonstrable as true all of the time.
The voice of the blood and the sound of geography are masked and muted by the effects of Datapanik. As a consequence it is often the surface, the sexy mask, that prevails. The Hollywood vacuity of a James Dean is chosen in preference to the blood passion of a Jack Kerouac.

Hence the fertile ground found in the relative silence of isolation – whether that isolation be psychological, social or physical. Hence the protective power of geography. Maybe it’s an instinctive reflex for self-preservation that we turn to that which is beyond words. It’s not surprising then that much of what survives of Folk Culture is encoded into the Sound of Musical Activity and can be found in the detritus of popular culture. Musicians operate in readymade insular structures. The aesthetic of a brotherhood provides a sufficiently tough and dedicated core. Musicians instinctively preserve and protect their geography by encoding it into sound, preserving it in a place safe from predatory media beasts. In the cyclotron, physicists generate rarefied particles of subatomic matter that only exist for nanoseconds before being torn apart. The simple act of observing these particles alters their nature. Everything the Media Priests observe they tear apart. The camera steals the soul. Only a closed brotherhood survives such a hostile environment.

Datapanik is the seed from which sprouts Modernity. Modernity spreads through societies wiping away value and judgment. Datapanik describes the mechanism. Media is driven by it. If it is likened to a virus, then the media itself is the laboratory where the virus was germinated and from which it spreads.

Undeterred, Datapanik will reshape society in ways that George Orwell and Aldous Huxley could only imagine.

Datapanik provides a cure to itself. Hence, the first corollary, codified thusly:
We don’t promote Chaos. We preserve it.

Feed debris and detritus into the system. Dataflow, the only imperative, is maintained. Recall the Theory of Spontaneous Simultude, which says that everything is like something else.

For the human being there is no alternative to Meaning.

Judge the debris and detritus that gets thrown into the system carefully. It can be a language.

The Great American Novel by Pere Ubu

"Is there such a thing as "The Great American Novel"? There is an argument to be made that David Thomas, over 45 years and with assorted collaborators, has been writing that very thing and that The Long Goodbye is its final chapter." - Ed Whitelock, Pop Matters

Mission Statement For The Ubutique / Hearpen Download Page

The Loudness War is unabated. The collateral damage cannot be calculated.Sound is fundamental to the individual and social pursuit of culture. The Loudness War reduces Shakespeare to a Fantastic Four comic book, Beethoven to an iPhone ring tone. It decimates the vocabulary of sound. It wipes away its grammar with a flood of slang and impoverished lingo. I choose to not participate. Click here to go to the article.

Manhattan Death Trip

by David Thomas
Be wary of self-proclaimed authorities on cultural events who were not participants in those events, who collect gossip, rely on the memories of the disgruntled and are ever eager for a sensational interpretation of the inconsequential or mundane.
Click here to go to the article.

Death Protocols

Read the David Thomas Death Protocols. David wants it on record that we never said The Long Goodbye was a farewell or last album, or that any subsequent tour is a farewell tour.

Paul Hamann (1955-2017)

Paul Hamann died September 14, 2017 in a Cleveland hospice. He was 62.
Click here to go to the article.

The Home of Rocket From The Tombs

Pere Ubu, A Buyer's Guide For Newbies

For those wondering what to buy first, next or last.

Guide to Pere Ubu and the Cle Scene

Pere Ubu Press Center

Pere Ubu information,current and recent, also David Thomas and Special Projex.

Pere Ubu Discography

Pere Ubu Studio Albums

Historical Era:
Hearpen Singles 1975 - 1977
The Modern Dance (1978)
Dub Housing (1978)
New Picnic Time (1979)
The Art Of Walking (1980)
Song Of The Bailing Man (1982)
Terminal Tower (1975 - 1981)
Datapanik In The Year Zero (Box)

Fontana Years:
The Tenement Year (1988)
Cloudland (1989)
Worlds In Collision (1991)
Story Of My Life (1993)

Modern Era:
Raygun Suitcase (1995)
Pennsylvania (1998)
St Arkansas (2002)
Why I Hate Women (2006)
Why I Remix Women (2006)

Orange Period:
"Long Live Père Ubu!" (2009)
Lady From Shanghai(2013)
Carnival Of Souls (2014)

The Dark Room:
20 Years In A Montana Missile Silo (2017)
The Long Goodbye (2019)

Pere Ubu Box Sets

Elitism For The People 1975-1978
Architecture Of Language 1979-1982
Les Haricots Sont Pas Salés 1987-1991
Drive, He Said 1994-2002

Pere Ubu Live Albums

* - Downloads
The Shape Of Things (1976)
Manhattan* (1977)
In The Shadow Of The Aeronautical Shot Peening Co.* (1977)
390° Of Simulated Stereo* (1977 - 79)
The U-Men* (1978)
Live At The Longhorn (1978)
One Man Drives While The Other Man Screams (1978 - 81)
London Texas (1989)
On The Road To The Lost Album* (1991)
Apocalypse Now (1991)
The Pere Ubu Moon Unit (2015)
By Order Of Mayor Pawlicki (2020)

Pere Ubu Books

The Book Of Hieroglyphs

Pere Ubu Specials

* - Download only currently
Bring Me The Head Of Ubu Roi (2009), the radio play*

David Thomas Albums

* - Download only currently.
The Sound Of The Sand* (1981)
Variations On A Theme (1983)
More Places Forever (1985)
Monster Walks The Winter Lake (1986)
Blame The Messenger (1987)
EREWHON (1996)
Meadville (1996)*
Monster Box Set
Mirror Man (1999)
Bay City (2000)
Surf's Up! (2001)
18 Monkeys on a Dead Man's Chest (2004)
Live Free Or Die (2017)

Theatrical Productions

Lost in Art, the Pere Ubu Ballet
Mirror Man
Bring Me The Head Of Ubu Roi
Long Live Père Ubu! - The Spectacle

Film Underscores

It Came From Outer Space
X, The Man With X Ray Eyes
Carnival Of Souls

Festival Productions

Disastodrome 1998
Disastodrome 2003

Rocket From The Tombs

The Day The Earth Met... (1975)
Rocket Redux (2004)
Barfly (2011)
Black Record (2015)

Other Recordings

Jimmy Bell's Still In Town - 15-60-75
The Inward City - 15-60-75

Other Pages Of Interest

David Thomas and two pale boys
Unlikely Releases
News Archive
Where nowhere is
Accusations of Paranoia
Blue Hole Of Castalia

Fan Input:

iPod Ubu
Geography Lessons
Pere Ubu Spotted in the Real World

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