Dub Housing

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Dub Housing
Studio album by Pere Ubu
Released November 1978
Recorded August–September 1978
Genre Post-punk
Length 36:46
Label Chrysalis Records (original release)
Rough Trade Records (1989 CD reissue)
Thirsty Ear Records (US CD reissue)
Cooking Vinyl (UK CD reissue)
Producer Ken Hamann and Pere Ubu
Pere Ubu chronology
The Modern Dance
Dub Housing
New Picnic Time
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[1]
Robert Christgau A[2]

Dub Housing is the second album by American experimental rock group Pere Ubu. Released in 1978, the album is now regarded as one of their best, described by Trouser Press[3] as "simply one of the most important post-punk recordings."

The title is an allusion to the echoes at rows of identical concrete public housing units in Baltimore,[4] presumably reminiscent of the echo and reverberation that characterize dub reggae. The photograph on the cover shows the apartment building on Prospect Avenue near downtown Cleveland in which members of the band lived when this album was recorded.

Track listing[edit]

  • All Songs Written & Arranged By Pere Ubu. (Copyright EMI Music)
  1. "Navvy" – 2:40
  2. "On the Surface" – 2:35
  3. "Dub Housing" – 3:39
  4. "Caligari's Mirror" – 3:49
  5. "Thriller!" – 4:36
  6. "I, Will Wait" – 1:45
  7. "Drinking Wine Spodyody" – 2:44
  8. "(Pa) Ubu Dance Party" – 4:46
  9. "Blow Daddy-O" – 3:38
  10. "Codex" – 4:55



  • Produced By Pere Ubu & Ken Hamann
  • Recorded & Engineered By Ken Hamann
  • EQ & Mastering By David Thomas & Paul Hamann


  1. ^ Dougan, John. Dub Housing - Pere Ubu, allmusic
  2. ^ Christgau, Robert. Robert Christgau: Pere Ubu
  3. ^ "Pere Ubu". TrouserPress.com. Retrieved 2012-02-14. 
  4. ^ "Ubu Web: Story of Pere Ubu". Users.rcn.com. Retrieved 2012-02-14.