Pere Ubu – Trouble On Big Beat Street


Pere Ubu - Trouble On Big Beat Street

Pere Ubu – Trouble On Big Beat Street
Format: CD – Vinyl LP – Digital
Label: Cherry Red Records – Suburban Records
Release: 2023

Release date: May 26, 2023

Pere Ubu unveil their new album, ‘Trouble On Big Beat Street’, nearly four years after their previous record for Cherry Red, ‘The Long Goodbye’

‘The Modern Dance’ (1978) marked the end of Rock ‘n’ Roll. ‘Trouble On Big Beat Street’ marks the end of The Song. Pere Ubu ended with ‘The Long Goodbye’ (their last album, also on Cherry Red, from 2019). Pere Ubu begins again with ‘Trouble On Big Beat Street’. If you missed the last 48 years then imagine a bad-attitude. Imagine Electric Light Orchestra – the version with Roy Wood – then add Muddy Waters playing guitar and Nina Simone singing.

‘Trouble On Big Beat Street’, the 19th Pere Ubu studio album. David Thomas produced, mixed, and engineered it. The vinyl release is ten tracks. The cd release includes all 17 tracks recorded during the sessions. Those extra seven tracks were too good to lose but took up too much time to fit on a vinyl release.

Pere Ubu is David Thomas, Keith Moliné, Gagarin, Alex Ward, Andy Diagram, Michele Temple and Jack Jones. Keith Moliné and Andy Diagram are the two pale boys. They have played with David more than 28 years. Electronica artist Gagarin was soundman for the two pale boys. Michele Temple has been in Pere Ubu 30 years. Improviser and life-long fan Alex Ward submitted a cover version of a David Thomas song to the band’s live-streaming show. David invited him to join the band. David met Jack Jones in the pub.

“53 years ago I read about ‘Song Cycle’ by Van Dyke Parks,” says David Thomas. “I didn’t understand what I read but it changed me. Years later I heard the album. This, finally, is my response to hearing to that album. “Long ago I determined that a song is best the first time it’s played. There is nothing that can go wrong or be inadequate. Repetition allows error to enter in. These songs have been played by the band one time, as they were recorded.

Ubu World, these days, includes a live-streaming internet show (DPK-TV), an ‘official bootlegs’ site, and, coming in February, David’s monthly radio show, on Louder Than War Radio (LTW Radio) called Stay Sick , Turn Blue.

The album will be played live on 2nd June at RichMix in London, ticket link to be available soon, and further dates to be announced.

“If this isn’t album of the year,” says David “Elmer” Thomas, “then my name is Elmer Fudd.”


01. Love Is Like Gravity
02. Moss Covered Boondoggle
03. Crocodile Smile
04. Movie In My Head
05. Nyah Nyah Nyah
06. Worried Man Blues
07. Let’s Pretend
08. Satan’s Hamster
09. Crazy Horses
10. Uh Oh

Bonus CD only tracks
11. 76 BPM
12. Pidgin Music
13. Nothin But A Pimp
14. Sleep
15. From Adam
16. I Dont Get It
17. Goodnight
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