The Tenement Year

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The Tenement Year
The Tenement Year.jpg
Studio album by Pere Ubu
Released March 1988
Genre Alternative rock
Label Fontana
Producer Paul Hammann
Pere Ubu chronology
Terminal Tower
The Tenement Year
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4/5 stars[1]
Christgau's Record Guide A[2]
Encyclopedia of Popular Music 4/5 stars[3]
Rolling Stone 4/5 stars[4]

The Tenement Year is Pere Ubu's first album after reuniting (following their 1982 break-up), and sixth overall. 'Classic lineup' members Tony Maimone and Allen Ravenstine, along with fellow Cleveland scenester Jim Jones and Henry Cow percussionist Chris Cutler found themselves playing with David Thomas for his 1987 album Blame the Messenger, and, discovering they sounded much like Pere Ubu, began incorporating a few Ubu numbers while touring for that album. Eventually, an official reunion was pursued, original drummer Scott Krauss was contacted, and thus the new lineup was completed and the old mantle assumed. The Tenement Year found the group veering in a loose, freewheeling, and decidedly more pop-oriented direction than in the past, though the pop leanings would become even more pronounced on subsequent albums.

After being out-of-print for many years, a reissue was announced in early 2007.[5]

Track listing[edit]

  1. Something's Gotta Give – 5:13
  2. George Had a Hat – 4:02
  3. Talk to Me – 3:28
  4. Busman's Honeymoon – 4:35
  5. Say Goodbye – 4:58
  6. Universal Vibration – 2:43
  7. Miss You – 4:21
  8. Dream the Moon – 3:25
  9. Rhythm King – 4:26
  10. The Hollow Earth – 4:15
  11. We Have the Technology – 3:03




  1. ^ Anderson, Rick. "The Tenement Year – Pere Ubu". AllMusic. Retrieved March 19, 2016. 
  2. ^ Christgau, Robert. "Pere Ubu: The Tenement Year". Retrieved March 19, 2016. 
  3. ^ Larkin, Colin (2007). The Encyclopedia of Popular Music (5th ed.). Omnibus Press. ISBN 0-857-12595-8. 
  4. ^ Hochman, Steve (September 22, 1988). "Pere Ubu: The Tenement Year". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on April 30, 2009. Retrieved March 19, 2016. 
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