[Raygun Suitcase cover] Raygun Suitcase
aka Ray Gun Suitcase

Produced by David Thomas.

Fire Records cd 2018
CD Review's Editor's Choice for 1995.

Ted Drozdowski, Rolling Stone, 10/5/95, 00.69-70
"Pere Ubu have been neglected pop geniuses for 20 years, and with the release of their brilliant new Raygun Suitcase, they're poised to remain that way. It's their own damn fault. Whenever the band comes up with a set of transfixing chord changes, it includes lyrics like "I want to be a suitcase/I want to hang around in your Greyhound terminal"... Or they'll graffiti-spray an entire tune with whistling tea-kettle synthesizer... If underground rock had a Hall of Fame that gave awards for influence and creativity, Pere Ubu would be more decorated than Magic Johnson."

Chris Nickson, Alternative Press, 10/95, p.71
America needs bands like this. After 20 years of breaking trails, they're still walking ahead of the pack. The major difference is that these days David Thomas doesn't sound so strange anymore."
  1. Folly of Youth (4:52)
  2. Electricity (4:30)
  3. Beach Boys (3:57)
  4. Turquoise Fins (3:10)
  5. Vacuum In My Head (4:21)
  6. Memphis (4:04)
  7. Three Things (4:49)
  8. Don't Worry (3:09)
  9. Red Sky (5:26)
  10. Montana (5:58)
  11. My Friend Is A Stooge for the Media Priests (3:07)
  12. Down By The River II (3:52)
Links and Background:

Production Notes:
Engineered by Paul Hamann.
Recorded at Suma January, July, August & September 1994.
Package designed by John Thompson, idrome.

Beach Boys, Memphis, Montana and Down By The River II written by Jones - Krauss - Temple - Thomas - Yellin.
Don't Worry, Folly of Youth, Horse, Ray Gun Suitcase, Red Sky, Three Things, Turquoise Fins, Vacuum In My Head and Electricity written by Jones - Temple - Thomas - Wheeler.
My Friend Is A Stooge For The Media Priests written by Hamann - Jones - Temple - Thomas.
Surfer Girl written by Wilson.
All songs ©1995 Ubu Projex, administered by Bug Music, except Surfer Girl which is © EMI Music Publishing.

Pere Ubu (v.7.2):
David Thomas - vocals, melodeon, musette, auto-cans, ray gun
Jim Jones - guitar, keyboard bass, backing vocals, keyboards, spike, sleigh bells
Robert Wheeler - EML synthesizers, Ensoniq EPS, theremin
Michele Temple - bass, slide bass, guitar, lute
Scott Benedict - drums
Scott Krauss played drums on Memphis, Beach Boys, Down By The River, and Montana. Garo Yellin played electric cello on Memphis, Beach Boys, Down By The River, and Montana. Paul Hamann played bass on My Friend Is A Stooge, and swirl bells on Vacuum In My Head.

2018 Fire Records Release
Remastered and edited by Paul Hamann and David Thomas in 2017.

Director's Cut (2005):
Cooking Vinyl USA celebrated Pere Ubu's 30th year anniversary with the release of The Director's Cut version of Raygun Suitcase. Released in 1995 Raygun Suitcase received rave reviews, including CD Review "Editor's Choice for 1995" and ArtForum's "Best of The 90s."

"The point of doing a Director's Cut is to benefit from that older and wiser thing," David Thomas explains. "I reviewed all alternate mixes from the session, sometimes discovering that an earlier mix turned out to be superior to the chosen mix. As well, 10 years later, we have access to improved mastering technology. Consequently, there is a greater clarity and cohesion to the Director's Cut. We are not going to make both versions available. The Director's Cut is the way it's supposed to be. Period."

Director's Cut logoThe Director's Cut was re-mastered at Suma by David Thomas and Paul Hamann in early 2005. Alternate mixes of: "Surfer Girl," "Three Things," "Down By The River II," "Memphis," "Vacuum In My Head," and "Red Sky" were substituted. The "lost" version of "Electricity," recovered from a session desk-mix tape, was also substituted. The demo versions of "Memphis" and "Down By The River II" were added as bonus tracks. The packaging was redesigned by John Thompson in the jewel case format with an 8 page color booklet featuring the "Media Priests of the Big Lie" story. A "Director's Cut" logo appears on the front cover. The UK/ROW release of The Director's Cut followed in March 2010.

  • Release History
  • Cooking Vinyl COOK CD089 (UK) 7/31/95 cd in jewel case.
  • Tim/Kerr TK95CD100 (US) 8/14/95 cd in digipak.
  • Sonic Records Sonic 104 (Poland) cd mc.
  • RTI Records CKV 1258 2 (Italy) cd.
  • Cooking Vinyl COOK CD089 (UK) March 2010 cd. Director's Cut.
  • Cooking Vinyl USA CKV-CD-89 (US) 9/6/05 cd. Director's Cut.

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