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Saturday, May 20, 2006

Five Star Flashback

Pere Ubu
The Modern Dance (1978)
One of the great releases of perhaps the most fertile periods in rock music history, perhaps the first album of the post-punk period came from this Cleveland band. An arresting, and surprisingly refined mix of Sun Ra, the Talking Heads, and Captain Beefheart, Pere Ubu was the direct father of The Pixies, and a huge influence on Nirvana, REM, and more recently Modest Mouse or Wolf Parade. The album starts off with feedback, and sets the standard for an album with wailing saxaphones, fragmented guitar patterns, and disoriented lyrics. All of which sounds, as fresh, new and avant-garde today, as it did 28 years ago.

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