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Final Solution

by Pere Ubu

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Cloud 149 02:36


It sounds like a call to arms, a rallying cry from a tinny transistor radio, the grind and rhythm of industrial Ohio clumping into the back of your head with enough spacey synth rising up through its esophagus… bubbling up like some acid explosion.

How come Pere Ubu created such a noise in 1976? Recorded in just three hours at the Suma studio, it was their reaction to punk rock’s simplicity; a complexity that at 2.19 sounds like rayguns are primed and by 2.28 the power gets cut by ‘nuclear destruction’.

“Belying the frightening soundscape was a definite, playful humor, both in the wordplay and in the specific complaints.” All Music

It’s a bleak and morbid worldview, the title taken from the Sherlock Holmes’ book ‘The Final Problem’, that ensured the new wave and the cold war would collide in post-punk acrimony, listed on Rate Your Music as “anxious, misanthropic, futuristic, noisy, suicide, rebellious, alienation”.

This limited edition pressing recreates their second self-released Hearpen single and sounds just as revolutionary and inspirational many moons later… they don’t need a cure, welcome to the mainstream.


released November 16, 2018


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The Pere Ubu project was supposed to be an end, not a beginning. Assembled in August 1975 to be the Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young of the Cleveland music underground, the plan was to record one, maybe two singles and exist no more. Within months, however, those first self-produced records were being snapped up in worldwide. ... more

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