The Art of Walking

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The Art of Walking
Studio album by Pere Ubu
Released June 1980
Genre Post-punk
Label Rough Trade
Producer Ken Hamann and Pere Ubu
Pere Ubu chronology
New Picnic Time
The Art of Walking
390° of Simulated Stereo
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars [1]
Pitchfork Media (7.6/10) [2]

The Art of Walking is the fourth Pere Ubu full-length. Mayo Thompson of The Red Krayola joined as guitarist for this album, and slanted the proceedings further towards deconstruction and abstraction, and away from the primal rock that former guitarist Tom Herman had facilitated. The group would record one more album with Thompson before disbanding. A notable devotee of the album was avante garde musician and future Pere Ubu member Chris Cutler.

An error in the first US pressing of the LP resulted in a vocal overdub mix being used of "Arabia" - the original UK pressing used the correct instrumental mix. The first Rough Trade CD edition also used the accidental second mix, but the remastering on the Datapanik box set restored the correct version. The individual remastered disc issued subsequently included both (titling the vocal version "Arabian Nights".) Later editions of the album also changed the title of "Miles" to "Young Miles in the Basement". A version of the song "Horses" had originally appeared on Mayo Thompson's solo album Corky's Debt to His Father in 1970.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Go" – 3:34
  2. "Rhapsody in Pink" – 3:35
  3. "Arabia" – 4:58
  4. "Young Miles in the Basement" – 4:20
  5. "Misery Goats" – 2:37
  6. "Loop" – 3:14
  7. "Rounder" – 3:25
  8. "Birdies" – 2:27
  9. "Lost in Art" – 5:11
  10. "Horses" – 2:34
  11. "Crush This Horn" – 3:00

All songs written by Pere Ubu, except "Horses" (Mayo Thompson).