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Origin Vancouver, Canada
Genres Post-punk, new wave
Years active 1979–1981
Labels Zulu Records
Quintessence Records
Members Jeff Wall, Rodney Graham, Ian Wallace, Kitty Byrne, Colin Griffiths, Danice McLeod, Frank Ramirez and David Wisdom

U-J3RK5 (pronounced "you jerk"—the five is silent)[1] was a Vancouver based band from the late 1970s. Their style was post-punk/new wave, but was more art rock than synth pop. U-J3RK5's short lived local success was influenced by the music industry's infatuation with Martha and the Muffins styled male-female bands.[citation needed] The band included local artist celebrities Ian Wallace, Jeff Wall and Rodney Graham, as well as Kitty Byrne, Colin Griffiths, Danice McLeod, Frank Ramirez and CBC Radio host David Wisdom. Their eponymous debut album, portraying the pioneers of Vancouver's school of so-called 'photoconceptualism' or 'post-conceptual photography' in a rare moment of unison, sported an unlikely hit single titled "Eisenhower and the Hippies" - a song inspired by a work of American conceptual art proponent Dan Graham.[2] Their album was released by the indie Quintessence Records with a second pressing on Polygram of Canada.

The band was a rather short-lived affair, allowing the members to concentrate on their art careers instead.

Oh Canaduh! compilation albums featured two covers of UJ3RK5. "Eisenhower and the Hippies" was covered by Man or Astro-man? and "Locator" was covered by Servotron.[3]