Friday, November 14, 2008

Ubu Riffs on Ubu

When Pere Ubu burst on the national scene around 1977, I was already familiar with the Alfred Jarry plays for whom the band was named. But in their 30 years of on-off existence, I've never seen the band pay direct reference to the three Dadaist-absurdist plays of Jarry. Last year, UCCS Theatreworks' Theatre d'Art in Colorado Springs did a wonderful mash-up interpretation of all three plays piled into one three-hour performance. But now, Pere Ubu has decided to honor Ubu Roi by producing a new interpretation, "Bring Me the Head of Ubu Roi", with animation and puppetry by the Brothers Quay. Below is a snippet:

In reference to the earlier video post on TV on the Radio, I just found a video of TVotR, Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails, and Peter Murphy covering Pere Ubu's 'Final Solution.'


Sharon said...


Thank you for bringing to my attention "Bring me the head of Ubu Roi", I enjoyed the snippet.

As to your post "It's All Fake" we can finally say that Dadaism has arrived to the financial arts. I fear its impact will be more catastrophic than with the musical arts.

Sharon said...

That was great, I LOVED it!

Loring Wirbel said...

Ah! You caught the connection that it's ALL Dadaism! Anyway, I can always recommend more and more Pere Ubu to the uninitiated. I still remember the day in Tempe, Arizona in 1978, when their first album The Modern Dance came out, featuring a charcoal sketch that looked like socialist realism of a male ballet dancer running through a toxic industrial wasteland. My friend Gino who owned the record store said, "Loring, this album was made for you." I took it home and had never heard anything quite like it before. Or since.