Dub Housing

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Dub Housing
Dub Housing.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedNovember 1978
RecordedAugust–September 1978
StudioSuma Recording Studio, Painesville, Ohio
ProducerPere Ubu, Ken Hamann
Pere Ubu chronology
The Modern Dance
Dub Housing
New Picnic Time

Dub Housing is the second album by American rock band Pere Ubu. Released in 1978 by Chrysalis Records, the album is now regarded as one of their best, described by Trouser Press as "simply one of the most important post-punk recordings."[1]

The title is an allusion to the visual echoes of rows of identical concrete public housing units in Baltimore,[2] presumably reminiscent of the echo and reverberation that characterize dub. "Dub" is also a reference to Jehovah's Witnesses, who refer to themselves as "Dubs". Lead singer David Thomas was a Jehovah's Witness. On a 1979 concert bootleg recording,[3] during the song "Sentimental Journey," David Thomas ad-libs the line "I live in a dub house!" The photograph on the cover shows the apartment building at 3206 Prospect Avenue near downtown Cleveland in which members of the band lived when this album was recorded.

Reception and legacy[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic4.5/5 stars[4]
Alternative Press5/5[5]
Chicago Sun-Times3.5/4 stars[6]
Encyclopedia of Popular Music4/5 stars[7]
Mojo4/5 stars[8]
Record Collector4/5 stars[9]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide4.5/5 stars[10]
Spin Alternative Record Guide10/10[11]
The Village VoiceA[12]

The Village Voice, NME and Sounds ranked it the 9th, 8th and 11th best album of the year respectively.[13] The album has been reissued several times: in 1989 on CD by Rough Trade Records, in 1999 on CD by Thirsty Ear Records, in 2008 on CD on Cooking Vinyl, and in 2015 on CD and vinyl by Fire Records.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by David Thomas, Tom Herman, Tony Maimone, Allen Ravenstine and Scott Krauss.

  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


Pere Ubu
  • Pere Ubu – production
  • Ken Hamann – production, recording, engineering, EQ and mastering
  • David Thomas – EQ and mastering


  1. ^ "Pere Ubu". Trouser Press. Retrieved February 14, 2012.
  2. ^ "Ubu Web: Story of Pere Ubu". Users.rcn.com. Retrieved 2012-02-14.
  3. ^ "The U-Men". Discogs. Retrieved May 13, 2017.
  4. ^ Dougan, John. "Dub Housing – Pere Ubu". AllMusic. Retrieved January 20, 2013.
  5. ^ "Pere Ubu: Dub Housing". Alternative Press (135): 105–06. October 1999.
  6. ^ DeRogatis, Jim (May 30, 1993). "The Best of Pere Ubu on CD". Chicago Sun-Times. Retrieved March 12, 2017. (Subscription required (help)).
  7. ^ Larkin, Colin (2011). The Encyclopedia of Popular Music (5th concise ed.). Omnibus Press. ISBN 0-85712-595-8.
  8. ^ "Pere Ubu: Dub Housing". Mojo: 116. Dub Housing remains an exemplar par excellence of US post-punk's facility for marrying the austere with the madcap.
  9. ^ Fletcher, Ian (January 2009). "Pere Ubu – Dub Housing". Record Collector (358). Retrieved January 9, 2016.
  10. ^ Coleman, Mark; Matos, Michaelangelo (2004). "Pere Ubu". In Brackett, Nathan; Hoard, Christian. The New Rolling Stone Album Guide (4th ed.). Simon & Schuster. pp. 626–27. ISBN 0-7432-0169-8.
  11. ^ Weisbard, Eric; Marks, Craig, eds. (1995). Spin Alternative Record Guide. Vintage Books. ISBN 0-679-75574-8.
  12. ^ Christgau, Robert (January 29, 1979). "Christgau's Consumer Guide". The Village Voice. Retrieved October 28, 2015.
  13. ^ [1]

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