The Modern Dance
Studio album by Pere Ubu
October 1976, January 1977, Cleveland Recording,
Cleveland; November 1977, Suma Studios, Cleveland
Post-punk, industrial rock, art punk, experimental rock, art rock
Producer Pere Ubu, Ken Hamann
Pere Ubu chronology
is the debut studio album by American rock band The Modern Dance Pere Ubu. It was released in January 1978, through record label Blank. A 5.1 surround sound version was released as the DVD-Audio side of a DualDisc in 2005.
Track listing [ edit ]
All songs written and composed by Pere Ubu (
David Thomas, Tom Herman, Allen Ravenstine, Tony Maimone, Scott Krauss), except as noted.
A1. Non-Alignment Pact – 3:18
A2. The Modern Dance – 3:28
A3. Laughing – 4:35
A4. Street Waves – 3:04
A5. Chinese Radiation – 3:27
B1. Life Stinks
( – 1:52 Peter Laughner) B2. Real World – 3:59
B3. Over My Head – 3:48
B4. Sentimental Journey – 6:05
B5. Humor Me – 2:44
Critical reception [ edit ]
The Modern Dance has been critically acclaimed. Although only moderately positive initially, Robert Christgau later raised his rating a notch and wrote of the album that "the highs are worth it, and the failed stuff ain't bad" in his revised review. At the same time, [2 ] Ken Tucker in called it vivid and exhilarating, even if "harsh and willfully ugly". Rolling Stone [4 ]
Personnel [ edit ]
David Thomas – vocals, musette, percussion, production
Tom Herman – guitar, backing vocals, production
Allen Ravenstine – EML 101 & 200 analog synthesizers, saxophone, tapes, production
Tony Maimone – bass, piano, backing vocals, production
Scott Krauss – drums, production
Tim Wright – bass guitar on "The Modern Dance" and "Sentimental Journey", production
S. W. Taylor – sleeve artwork
Ken Hamann –
engineering, production Mike Bishop – engineering assistance
Paul Hamann – engineering assistance
Mik Mellen – sleeve photography
Release history [ edit ]
References [ edit ]
^ Dougan, John. ". The Modern Dance – Pere Ubu : Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards : AllMusic" AllMusic . Retrieved January 20, 2013.
^ a b Christgau, Robert. "Pere Ubu: . The Modern Dance > Consumer Guide Album" Robert Christgau . Retrieved 20 November 2007. Revised with a new rating from "Christgau's Consumer Guide". . March 27, 1978 The Village Voice . Retrieved 26 January 2012.
^ : 123. "[I]f you're curious about the original post-punks, THE MODERN DANCE remains absolutely essential." Q Cited at ". The Modern Dance CD" buy.com . Retrieved 16 October 2006.
^ a b Tucker, Ken (June 1, 1978). "Pere Ubu . The Modern Dance / The Suicide Commandos Make a Record > Album Reviews" (266). Archived from Rolling Stone the original on 1 October 2007 . Retrieved 29 August 2007.
^ Smith, Chris (September 1, 2003). "Pere Ubu – . The Modern Dance – On Second Thought – Stylus Magazine" Stylus Magazine . Retrieved January 20, 2013.
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