Tag: Pere Ubu

  • 1988 Pazz & Jop: Dancing on a Logjam

    When last we sat down for a serious chat, it was the end of the world as we knew it, and I felt fine. The Pazz & Jop Critics’ Poll, conceived as a goof and evolved willy-nilly into a barometer, was plainly in a jam — a “logjam.” On the album chart, which dated back […]

  • 1979 Pazz & Jop: The Pazz & Jop Critics’ Poll (Almost) Grows Up

    A few weeks ago two rock critics were gossiping on the phone, something rock critics do more than ever now that there aren’t any press parties. Both were among the many newcomers asked to contribute to the sixth or seventh annual Pazz & Jop Critics’ Poll, and both were awed by this responsibility, as is […]

  • Noise from the Front

    Common Name: Firefly Scientific Name: Photinus sp. Order: Coleoptera Description: These insects are more accurately called “lightning beetles” because they are neither flies (Diptera) nor true bugs (Hemiptera). Adults of the woods firefly, Photuris pennsylvanicus DeGeer, common in Texas, are long and narrow, about 1 inch long with a black head, a reddish section behind […]

  • Music

    Finally, some decent music from another species—and one where the males explode and die after having sex, and that’s when they sing their songs, no less! (Hey, is doom-metal cool, or what?) BLACK DEVIL Disco Club (Rephlex/Amplitude import 12-inch vinyl Eurodisco reissue EP) Black Devil at rephlex.com CATHEDRAL The Serpent’s Gold, Disc 1: The Serpent’s […]

  • Forgotten London New Wavers Emerge From Collector Hell

    The Homosexuals lived and played in London in the late ’70s and early ’80s, and the evidence suggests that they were magnificent—as potent and visionary as Wire or Pere Ubu. So how come nobody’s ever heard of them? In part because they’d do anything to avoid the obvious, to the point of perversity. Their name […]

  • Music

    Hicks from ’70s sticks dig their way out of muck Truth and Janey Erupts! Monster In April 1976, an unpretentious numskull trio from some Iowa cowtown recorded this ballroom concert (longest endurance tests 9:05, 8:12, 7:21, 6:51), not issued on double vinyl till the early ’90s, and not on CD till now. To read their […]

  • Ear, Nose, and Throat

    Are you now or have you ever been a Rush fan? Does the sound of Billy Corgan, arguably the most successful novelty singer since Tiny Tim, make you cringe? On a scale of one to 10, whose effluviant proboscisity most comforts you: Joe Walsh, Leon Redbone, Jad Fair, or Jimmy Dale Gilmore (known in Texas […]

  • Born in Flames

    History is unmade at night: In 1975, Rocket From the Tombs had all the ingredients, from the coolest name (shades of Edgar Allan Poe fronting the Shadows of Knight or 13th Floor Elevators) to the darkest, most desperately unforgiving sound (“All the pretty living dead/Pretty egos to be fed”). With the Stooges and Velvets for […]