Released May 26 2023
Produced engineered and mixed by David Thomas.
Cherry Red Records
BRED882 vinyl lp
Are you ready for Trouble? Get ready. The new album from Pere Ubu is like nothing heard before. Nope - not even a Pere Ubu album. You can preorder it by hitting this link
Pere Ubu unveil a new album, 'Trouble On Big Beat Street,' nearly four years after the previous record for Cherry Red Records, 'The Long Goodbye,'
'The Modern Dance (1978) marked the end of Rock 'n' Roll. 'Trouble On Big Beat Street' marks the end of The Song. Pere Ubu ended with 'The Long Goodbye' (2019). Pere Ubu begins again with 'Trouble On Big Beat Street.' If you missed the last 48 years then imagine a bad-attitude. Imagine Electric Light Orchestra - the version with Roy Wood - then add Muddy Waters on guitar and Nina Simone singing.
'Trouble On Big Beat Street,' the 19th Pere Ubu studio album. David Thomas produced, mixed, and engineered it. The vinyl release is ten tracks. The cd release includes all 17 tracks recorded during the sessions. Those extra seven tracks were too good to lose but took up too much time to fit on a vinyl release.
Pere Ubu is David Thomas, Keith Moliné, Gagarin, Alex Ward, Andy Diagram, Michele Temple and Jack Jones. Keith Moliné and Andy Diagram are the two pale boys. They've played with David more than 28 years. Electronica artist Gagarin was soundman for the two pale boys. Michele Temple has been in Pere Ubu 30 years. Improviser and life-long fan Alex Ward submitted a cover version of a David Thomas song to the band's live-streaming show. David invited him to join the band. David met Jack Jones in the pub.
"53 years ago I read about 'Song Cycle' by Van Dyke Parks," says David Thomas. "I didn’t understand what I read but it changed me. Years later I heard the album. This, finally, is my response to hearing to that album. Long ago I determined that a song is best the first time it's played. There's nothing that can go wrong or be inadequate. Repetition allows for error to exist. These songs have been played by the band one time, as they were recorded."
Ubu World, these days, includes a live-streaming internet show (DPK-TV), an 'official bootlegs' site, and, coming in February, David's monthly radio show, on Louder Than War Radio (LTW Radio) called Stay Sick , Turn Blue.
The album will be played live on June 2 at RichMix in Bethnal Green, London. Here is the ticket link
. Further dates to be announced.
Produced, mixed & engineered by David Thomas.
Mastered by Nick Watson, Fluid Mastering, London.
Album artwork & design by Kiersty Boon.
Typography & layout by John Thompson.
Dedicated to Lynne Thomas.
All songs published by Cherry Red Songs, under exclusive licence from Hearpen Music except Crazy Horses (Osmond – Osmond – Osmond), Warner Chappell North America Ltd.
Love Is Like Gravity, Crocodile Smile. Worried Man Blues, Let's Pretend, Sleep and I Don't Get It by Thomas - Gagarin - Moliné - Ward - Diagram - Temple. Moss Covered Boondoggle, Nyah Nyah Nyah, 76 BPM, Nothin But A Pimp. From Adam and Goodnight by Thomas - Gagarin - Moliné - Ward - Diagram. Movie In My Head and Uh Oh by Thomas- Gagarin - Moliné - Ward. Satan's Hamster by Thomas - Gagarin - Moliné - Ward - Temple. Pidgin Music by Thomas - Gagarin.
Note from David Thomas:
Seventeen songs were recorded for this album. With the exception of Crazy Horses, which was assembled, none of them were played by the band more than once. "A song is best the first time it's played. There is no right or wrong. Only later does Error enter the frame.' (David Thomas, 1992) There was room on vinyl for ten songs. It was difficult choosing. With five minutes left before delivery, Nothin But A Pimp was replaced by Satan's Hamster, for example. Considering the cost of double vinyl and the disaster of the Lee Michaels(?) double lp release in the late 60s, I nixed that idea. (Forgetting, of course, Trout Mask Replica.) Against my better judgment, I was persuaded to include all seventeen songs on the cd release, knowing that there will listeners exhausted by album's length - a lesson learned in the 80s.