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Interviewers, Please Note: Before formulating your questions please go to the list of FAQs and read the relevant FAQ(s). If nothing else, read the Most Frequently Asked Questions FAQ.

Note to the publicist: "I really do feel bad not doing a good interview but there was nothing to work with in it. Thank you for asking how to make things better. I don't like doing interviews at the venue before shows and I hate doing them afterwards - I am exhausted. If you tell me it's important I will but at a show I am there to do the show and then meet members of the audience, not have my time stolen by pop culture functionaries. The purpose of doing interviews around a tour is to sell tickets. An interview on the day of the show clearly does not accomplish that so I see no point to it. (The interview will presumably sell albums, of course, but it will sell as many if I do it before or after the tour.) I don't care if the mag is a sloppy fanzine, an inconsequential blog or the New York Times - it's all the same to me... as long as it's interesting. I prefer email but I am fine doing them over the phone. In person is fine but I'm not traveling up to London, period - unless you tell me it's important to waste that amount of time and money. I am good at interviews if the interviewer puts any amount of effort into preparing, or even if he just asks good questions off the top of his head. I will not talk any more about the `70s or the 'industrial wastelands' of Cleveland or 'duh, what was it like...' I simply can't force myself to smile and go thru it. I've worked long and hard on the website. Everything I will ever say is there. I am delighted if an interviewer has researched and asks actual follow-on questions. Here's the truth: I'm an old man facing the end of his life. I can't be bothered with crap any more. I'll talk at length, entertaining, being insightful - all of it - but don't approach me like I'm a fluffy pop wannabe... and don't make me do all the work. Forty years ago I too was a music journalist. I know the game. Bottom line: I have expressed my thoughts on the subject. I trust you to make the needful decisions on how to deploy my time and talent."

Pere Ubu
New Album: Lady From Shanghai (Jan. 7 2013) - Press Clippings - Lyrics
Biography
Basic history, includes simple discography with links to all the albums and some press quotes.
Band Photos & Artwork
Band photos, current and historical, and related artwork, including recent album covers.
• Previous Album
"Long Live Père Ubu!" (Sept. 14 2009)
Concert Project: "Long Live Père Ubu!" - The Spectacle.
Theatrical project: Bring Me The Head Of Ubu Roi.
Radio Play: Podcast
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David Thomas and two pale boys
Latest Release: A Map Only Tells Me What I Already Know (2008), download audio only.
Latest cd Release: 18 Monkeys On A Dead Man's Chest (2004).
Biography
Basic history, includes simple discography with links to all the albums and some press quotes. Also links to individual biographies.
Photos
Band photos and related artwork, including recent album covers and concert posters.
Press Release
Basic information, PDF file. Not specific to any album.

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David Thomas
Biography
Basic history, includes simple discography with links to all the albums and some press quotes.
Photos
Solo Projects
Discography of solo albums and guest appearances, plus an outline of various solo band projects over the years.
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Rocket From The Tombs
Latest Release: Barfly (2011).
History: 2003 - Present
Basic history with links to the albums and to press clippings, time line, and interviews.
History: 1973 - 1975
A detailed history of the early band.
Frequently Asked Questions
Band Photos and Artwork
Time Line
Blog
• Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/rocketfromthetombs
• YouTube of So Cold live: http://youtu.be/0Fr4oMTFFsc
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Ubu Projex Special Products:

Live Underscore to "Carnival Of Souls"
David Thomas and two pale boys perform a live underscore to the 1962 cult B-movie film "Carnival Of Souls" (Dir. Herk Harvey, 1962, B&W).

Long Live Père Ubu!" - The Spectacle
This is the "concert" version of "Bring Me The Head Of Ubu Roi." In many ways it is even more of a radical interpretation and performance than the "theatrical." Some scenes are deleted, the script is re-written to interpret the character of "Mère Ubu" differently, and it is the most up-to-date version of the script. It also incorporates the animations by The Brothers Quay. It is, as Der Tagesspiegel (Berlin) notes, beyond theater. All characters and choreography are undertaken by members of the band. Click here for more.

Bring Me The Head Of Ubu Roi
Pere Ubu presents its musical adaptation of the theater of Ubu Roi, Alfred Jarry's groundbreaking 1896 play and the theatrical precursor to the Absurdist, Dada and Surrealist art movements. The adaptation, written by David Thomas, features 10 new songs as well as various musical "interludes." Independent film-makers The Brothers Quay have devised a unique visual staging in the form of animated video projections. Sarah-Jane Morris (ex-Communards, Happy End, etc) features as Mere Ubu, partnering David Thomas as Pere Ubu. Gagarin adds an atmospheric soundtrack by means of electronica. Band members perform various minor roles. The premiere was Thursday, April 24th, and Friday, April 25th at Queen Elizabeth Hall, London, as part of the Ether Festival. It was repeated July 11 2009 at the Animator Festival, Poznan, Poland.
Press photos, click here.

Reflections in a Mirror Man
David Thomas and the pale orchestra perform "Reflections in a Mirror Man," a concentrated dose of David Thomas' music theater piece, Mirror Man, presented in concert format and augmented by specifically contrived movie and image projections. The pale orchestra is Andy Diagram (electrified trumpet), Keith Moliné (midi-guitar) and Dids (drums & electronics). Celtic Soul singer and former Doll By Doll frontman Jackie Leven and David Thomas assume the various characters contained in this anthology of tales about places that don't exist and the people who live in them. The piece premiered at the prestigious Moers Jazz Festival in 2004.

Live Free or Diet
Tales of Meat, Marvels & Texas
A program of songs, stories and visual imagery written and performed by David Thomas and master Danish percussionist P.O. Jørgens. It's an "avant-Texas atmosphere bowl of beans folk roots via Harry Partch and one more blasted dawn lookin for a 3 meat platter with a broken song in your heart" kinda thing.

Mirror Man
Written and compiled by Pere Ubu founder David Thomas, MIRROR MAN is a hybrid of neo-Beat opera and tent meeting testimony. It is an oratorio. Or maybe it is theatre vague. Or a rogue opera. Or a song-cycle of "haunted" geographical presences. Or a roll call of voices retrieved from all those ghost towns that lie just over the horizon. Mirror Man is about places that don't exist and a collection of stories about the people who live there - abandoned by the future, forbidden access to the past, and set adrift in a mirage-like Now. It is represented by three albums: Act 1, Jack & The General, Bay City, and Act 2, Bay City.
Photos & Art
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Disastodrome
Disastodrome is a 3 day festival of voice and vision designed to test the reputations of 18 avant-garage heroes. These boundary breakers, forever outside the world of music-by-numbers, are led by one of rock's great prodigies and Pere Ubu founder, David Thomas. Produced by UCLA Performing Arts, Disastodrome's most recent incarnation came to Los Angeles Feb 21-23, 2003. Photos & Art.



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