DGCD-25207 Terminal Tower
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Released on November 1985
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M usic so far ahead of its time it would have damaged my mind in the mid-seventies. Terminal Tower collects the early nonalbum singles and B sides up to 1981. Not a rich source for revolution, you would think, but this is armageddon come a-knockin’. The left and right channel mixes collide in your head, rock music is reinvented, reconstructed, David Thomas sings all the wrong notes with a studied purpose. Cloudland honestly didn’t send me, and I’d trade all of it for thirty seconds over tokyo. But Terminal Tower gives you eleven weird movies playing in your head: “Not Happy,” “Heart of Darkness,” “Final Solution,” “Heaven.” Intense one moment, untense the next, they’re rubber bands stretching then snapping then flapping in the breeze like little rubber freak flags. I’ve seen a whole lot of superlatives hurled at these shadowy subversives, but influential is the one that bugs me. Was anyone really listening to Pere Ubu? Could Western civilization have gotten up in the morning and brushed its teeth and troubled its wife for a new white shirt with a “Cloud 149” or “Untitled” looming over it? You don’t listen to music like this without it changing you, and the world simply wasn’t ready for change on this scale. Devo, Talking Heads, Gang of Four we could handle. Even The Residents, since no one took them seriously. But Pere Ubu comes with terrifying implications: everything we know about rock music is wrong. Influential? Thank Heavens, no. Bands would have put down their instruments, folded their arms and given up in the wake of such an enormous talent. Instead, Ubu was allowed to exist in the margins of society, writing radical musical manifestos that waited in dusty bins until people were ready to read them. I’m ready now. Thank you, Pere Ubu.

TRACK LISTING

  1. HEART OF DARKNESS    (Tom Herman/Peter Laughner/David Thomas/Tim Wright)    4:44
  2. 30 SECONDS OVER TOKYO    (David Thomas/Peter Laughner/Gene O'Connor)    6:21
  3. FINAL SOLUTION    (Craig Bell/Tom Herman/Scott Krauss/Peter Laughner/Dave Taylor/David Thomas/Tim Wright)    4:57
  4. CLOUD 149    (Tom Herman/Scott Krauss/Peter Laughner/Dave Taylor/David Thomas/Tim Wright)    2:36
  5. UNTITLED    (Tom Herman/Scott Krauss/Allen Ravenstine/David Thomas/Tim Wright)    3:32
  6. MY DARK AGES    (Tom Herman/Scott Krauss/Tony Maimone/Allen Ravenstine/David Thomas)    4:00
  7. HEAVEN    (Tom Herman/Scott Krauss/Tony Maimone/Allen Ravenstine/David Thomas)    3:04
  8. HUMOR ME (LIVE)    (Tom Herman/Scott Krauss/Tony Maimone/Allen Ravenstine/David Thomas)    2:52
  9. THE BOOK IS ON THE TABLE    (Tom Herman/Scott Krauss/Tony Maimone/Allen Ravenstine/David Thomas)    4:02
  10. NOT HAPPY    (Scott Krauss/Tony Maimone/Allen Ravenstine/David Thomas/Mayo Thompson)    3:38
  11. LONESOME COWBOY DAVE    (Scott Krauss/Tony Maimone/Allen Ravenstine/David Thomas/Mayo Thompson)    1:54

CREDITS

David Thomas & Paul Hamann -- digital transefer and eq
Mik Mellen -- original artwork & photos
John Thompson -- 1998 reissue package design
Ray Farrell -- project coordination

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REGION RELEASE DATE LABEL MEDIA ID NUMBER FEATURES
US 1985 Twintone LP TTR-8561 gatefold cover
UK November 1985 Rough Trade LP ROUGH-83 gatefold cover
US June 2, 1998 DGC CD DGCD-25207  
ITA 2005 Get Back LPRED GET-90073 red vinyl

 

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