Pere Ubu On Mountain Stage As their return to Mountain Stage approaches, revisit this 1991 performance by the trend-setting "Avant Garage" rockers.

David Thomas, Scott Krauss, Eric Drew Feldman, Jim Jones, and Tony Maimone of Pere Ubu, photographed in May 1991. Frank Ockenfels hide caption

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David Thomas, Scott Krauss, Eric Drew Feldman, Jim Jones, and Tony Maimone of Pere Ubu, photographed in May 1991.

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Mountain Stage

Pere Ubu On Mountain Stage

Pere Ubu On Mountain Stage

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Formed in 1975, trend-setting "Avant Garage" rockers Pere Ubu emerged from Cleveland, Ohio, with an eccentric sound that has sustained four decades of orchestral blue-collar rock, infused with synths, layers of guitar, and the distinct vocal style of David Thomas.

Heard here is Pere Ubu's appearance on Mountain Stage with Larry Groce, recorded and broadcast live from Charleston, W.Va., on Oct. 6, 1991.

Led by vocalist David Thomas, the band powers through eight tunes in this 30-plus minute set featuring songs from their album Worlds in Collision, released earlier that year.

The touring arm of Pere Ubu is embarking on a U.S. tour with a new album, 20 Years In A Montana Missile Silo. The tour includes a scheduled return to Charleston for Mountain Stage some 26 years later.

You'll hear their appearance in December via NPR Music, and a full European tour and further U.S. tour dates are scheduled for 2018.

Originally broadcast in the fall of 1991.

SET LIST

  • Street Waves
  • Caligari's Mirror
  • Nevada
  • Over The Moon
  • Life Of Riley
  • Busman's Honeymoon
  • Oh Catherine
  • Cry, Cry, Cry
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