Ask not what Pere Ubu can do for you;
rather, ask what you can do for Pere Ubu.
Fed up with the daily inundation of crap reality (as defined by the Media Priests)?
Exhausted by the gross excesses of monkey freaks on the TV, on the radio and on the streets?
NOW IS THE TIME FOR SELF-SACRIFICE!
Ask not what Pere Ubu can do for you.
Seize the Moment Yourself!
We know it's tough being a Pere Ubu fan. Decade after decade you wait for a miracle. Oh, sure, it was cool for awhile following a band nobody had heard of. "Pere who?"
But all your friends they get to follow Coldplay or Nine Inch Nails - not to mention Beyonce - and they lord it over you. We know how it feels. Being a QPR fan in a world of Man Us. The head honcho at Fontana Records was a fan. He signed the band. He bet a case
of expensive champagne that he'd "break" Pere Ubu. He lost. Of course.
And what's really galling is that the band does nothing to help itself. Nothing! It's like being David's girlfriend. He walks around in a shabby coat and doesn't give a damn. So you think to yourself, 'I'll buy him a coat.' Except he won't wear one that doesn't look exactly like the one he's wearing. You look for a solid year and finally think you've found it... and still he won't wear it because the sleeves actually fit his arm length and he can't roll them up like he had to do on his old coat that he still wears. With the holes in it. And the food stains.
We feel your angst.
Buy into the 'Ask Not Campaign.' You try and promote the damn band! Just £3!
"Why should we pay to promote Pere Ubu," the confused may ask. "What's in it for me?"
Nothing is in it for you, we respond.
"It's just another self-serving ploy by self-important pop musicians," say the knee-jerk whingers.
Oh no, we don't need you. You need this. For yourself. It's one utterly futile stand you can make against the collapse of civilization and all that you hold dear. (No need to thank us - your £3 is thanks enough.)
Here's the deal:
- Limited to England, Wales & Scotland.
- Send £3 via Paypal to Ubu Projex. You will receive 5 Lady From Shanghai tour flyers and a 'Stranger' badge. (These were handmade by Johnny Dromette for the 'Kindness of Strangers' campaign back in 1991.*)
THIS CAMPAIGN IN THE UK IS ENDED... for now.
- What to do then:
- Take these flyers onto the streets of your town and distribute them. Boldly. Fearlessly. Hold a flyer to your chest and pronounce loudly:
"Smash the Hegemony of Dance.
If asked to explain, say only "The dancer is puppet to the dance." Tap the side of your nose knowingly.
- Alternatively, take flyers to appropriate shops, etc., and ask them to be posted.
- We are especially interested in Strangers for cities where we are not appearing... Hull, Huddersfield, Harrogate, etc. Promoters in appearance cities have been provided with flyers and posters already.
- Participation is limited by the number of flyers and badges we have on hand.
- Document the experience with a phone video and if we are particularly enthralled you will get something in return. We were going to put together a flash mob video for promotional purposes but we couldn't be bothered to devote what limited time we have. It was to be a take on the Fat Boy Slim thing but instead of dancing, the 'mob' would simply stand still. If you manage one of these you will probably get something really cool that's been cluttering up David's flat and he's desperate to get rid of.
* - In 1991, the 'Kindness of Strangers' campaign raised money from fans around the world to pay for expenses to appear on the David Letterman Show on American TV, September 11 1991.
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