- THE INCREDIBLE TRUTH Foreign Bodies
- "The Incredible Truth" b/w "Long Walk Home" by
FOREIGN BODIES (Bizart gak-l). Produced by Jones-Ryan.
Released May 1980. Jim Jones: sequencer, synthesizer,
saxophones. Pat Ryan: trumpet, riot tape. Written by
Jones-Ryan. © 1980 Minky Music. Pat Ryan was the Ubu
soundman from 1976 to 1980. Jim Jones was road tech on
Ubu's first European tour. He joined Ubu in 1987. Pat is
a booking agent living in Colorado. This track was
inspired by the Road Tapes, interesting concrete sound
recordings made on Ubu's tours. One of them appeared in
"On The Surface." The riot tape was recorded off Toronto
- IT'S IN IMAGINATION 15-60-75
- "It's In Imagination"/"Here In The Life" by 15-60-75
(Hearpen Records HR108). Produced by David Thomas.
Released December 1979. Bob Kidney: vocals & guitar,
Michael Stacey: guitar, Jack Kidney: tenor sax, Terry
Hynde: alto sax, Tim Magilone: baritone sax , Bart
Johnson: bass, Dave Robinson: drums. Written by Kidney.
©1979 Water Brothers. "Uncapturable in its
intensity, because you had to be packed into the crowd in
that hot sweaty club in Kent where the Numbers Band
played week after week for years on end, just letting go,
to really hear the music." The Numbers Band still plays
every week at JB's in Kent and is possibly the greatest
live band you will ever see or imagine seeing. You don't
believe this and certainly there's not a clear indication
of it from this recording but this group inspired
everyone, regenerated everyone, and was a nagging doubt
in the back of everyone's minds, "The Numbers are better
than you can ever hope for."
- NEVER AGAIN Syd's Dance Band
- Never released. Recorded December 1980 at Suma. Tony
Maimone: vocals, bass, EML & keyboards, Pat Morgan:
guitars, Doug Morgan: harp, Scott Krauss: drums. Written
by Maimone. Copyright Control 1980. Brothers Doug &
Pat Morgan appear on more of these rarities than Jim
Jones. They often collaborated with Tony and Scott.
- SUNSET IN THE ANTIPODES Carney &
- Bowling Balls From Hell (Clone Records CL011).
Released 1980. Anthology lp of Akron bands. David Thomas:
vocals, Ralph Carney: saxes & keyboards, Mark Price:
bass, Nappy Lemans: drums, Michael Aylward: guitar.
Written by Carney-Thomas. © Hearpen Music/Akron
Cracker. The track features most of Tin Huey, recorded in
Mark Price's living room studio in Akron. Find Mr Price's
Water Tape if you can. Ask him to send me a copy.
- (please) FIX MY HORN (my brakes don't work)
Home & Garden
- How I Spent My Vacation by Home And Garden (Bizart
Records Biz 5). Produced by Home & Garden & Pat
Ryan. Ep released in 1982. Scott Krauss: drums, organ
& tapes, Tony Maimone: bass, synthesizers, Pat
Morgan: guitar. Written by Home & Garden. Copyright
Control 1982. First release from the Krauss & Maimone
solo group that recorded 2 albums and several eps in the
mid 80s, and would later feature 3 future Ubus: Jim
Jones, Robert Wheeler and Michele Temple.
- BAKING BREAD Neptune's Car
- "Baking Bread"/"Lucky Charms" by Neptune's Car
(Koolie 240). Produced by Jones-Ryan. Released in 1980.
Doug Morgan: guitar & vocals, John Freskos: guitar,
Brian Cox: bass, Scott Krauss: drums. Written by
Morgan-Freskos. ©1980 Neptune's Car.
- ATOM MIND David Thomas
- Never released. Recorded January 1981 at Suma. David
Thomas: vocals, Alan Greenblatt: guitar, Paul Hamann:
bass, Scott Krauss: drums, Allen Ravenstine: EML
synthesizers. Written by Thomas. ©1995 Hearpen
Music. Out-take from David's first solo album.
- AUTUMN LEAVES Tripod Jimmie
- Long Walk Off A Short Pier by Tripod Jimmie (Do Speak
DO3). Released in 1982. Tom Herman: guitar & vocals,
Lenny Bove: bass, Roger Prehoda: drums. Written by
Herman-Bove. Copyright Control 1981. From Tom's first
post-Ubu album. Recorded live on a pier in Erie PA. Band
is named after Mik Mellen's three-legged dog. Tom lives
in Oakland CA these days and plays out with Tripod Jimmie
from time to time.
- DEAR RICHARD Friction
- Recorded 11/2/76 at Pirate's Cove, Cleveland. Peter
Laughner: vocals & guitar, Susan Schmidt: guitar,
Debbie Smythe: bass, Anton Fier: drums. Written by
Laughner. Copyright Control 1976. Probably the best of
Peter's post-Ubu bands. Debbie & Sue had a band
called Chi Pig. Anton was in Styrene Money which grew out
of Mirrors. Later he was in Ubu. Today he produces
records and leads The Golden Palominos. Peter died of
pancreatitis in June 1977.
- YOU'RE GONNA WATCH ME
- "You're Gonna Watch Me"/"Hand Piece" by
Pressler-Morgan (Hearpen HR107). Produced by Doug Morgan.
Released in 1979. Charlotte Pressler: vocals &
electronics, Doug Morgan: guitar, Pat Morgan: guitar, Bob
Kravitz: bass, Leo Ryan: drums. Written by
Pressler-Morgan. ©1979 Pressler-Morgan. Charlotte
was a writer and poet and Plaza resident. This song
describes watching fellow Plaza residents Barb Krauss
& Jean Kormos (the girl in the MODERN DANCE, DUB
HOUSING, NEW PICNIC TIME and DATAPANIK photos). Charlotte
lives in Buffalo and is pursuing her doctorate in
literature. Jean designs clothing in New York City.
- AMPHETAMINE Rocket From The Tombs
- Never released. Recorded in Summer 1975. David
Thomas: sax & Ace Tone organ, Peter Laughner guitar
& vocals, Gene O'Connor: guitar, Craig Bell: bass,
Wayne Strick: drums. Written by Laughner. Copyright
Control 1976. Once the group had finished wrecking
itself-- this was the last show-- Stiv Bators took John
Madansky and Gene O'Connor to back him up, eventually as
The Dead Boys, David & Peter formed Pere Ubu, and
Craig moved to New Haven to make more music and work on
- SHE SMILED WILD Mirrors
- "Shirley"/"She Smiled Wild" by Mirrors (Hearpen
Records HR105). Recorded in August 1975. Released in
1977. Jaime Klimek vocals & guitar, Jim Crook:
guitar, Jim Jones: bass, Michael Weldon: drums. Written
by Klimek. © 1977 Mirror Music. "In 1975, the
Velvets and Troggs-oriented minimalist band Mirrors,
having survived a long stretch of four-set-a-night,
14-people-in-the-audience gigs, was breaking up over
musical direction. Keyboardist Paul Marotta and guitarist
Jaime Klimek wanted more musicianship than this group of
friends and neighbors seemed to offer, and accordingly
reformed Mirrors as the more adept, more arranged, but
far less primal Styrenes. Later, Klimek and Marotta moved
to New York, as did ex-Mirrors drummer Michael Weldon,
who turned his other love, for B movies, into the
magazine Psychotronic. Craig Bell had already left
Mirrors to join Rocket From The Tombs." The recording is
Jim Jones auditioning for the band.
- JAGUAR RIDE The Electric Eels
- Never released. Recorded in August 1975. Produced by
Paul Marotta. Dave E: vocals, John Morton: guitar, Brian
McMahon: guitar, Jim Jones: bass, Nick Stephanoff: drums.
Written by Electric Eels. ©1975 Fauvist Music. "The
Electric Eels, meanwhile, had smashed up on the (anti-)
responsibilities of their Art (and life) Terrorism.
Always an unstable and fragile group, their commitment to
extremity had managed to survive hunger, cold, habitual
drunkenness, a few recordings, a half-dozen gigs,
unnumbered fistfights and an arrest or two; but the Eels
did not survive the push to turn them into something
recognizably viable as a "band." After their 1975
breakup, Nick Stephanoff changed his last name to Knox,
moved to New York, and played drums for the Cramps. John
Morton continued to work as a visual and performance
artist, also leading the band X-Blank-X; though Dave E
and Brian McMahon ceased their Eel-like activities
- STEVE CANYON BLUES Tom Herman
- Never released. Recorded in 1972. Tom Herman: bass
& rhythm guitar, Rick Kallister: guitar, Cindy Black:
moog synthesizer, Scott Krauss: drums. Written by Herman.
Copyright Control 1972. An example of what was going on
at the East 23rd Street house. A legendary recording.
Prefigures elements of the Ubu sound.
- HOME LIFE Allen Ravenstine
- Never released. Recorded April 1975. Allen
Ravenstine: EML synthesizers & tape, Albert Dennis:
bowed string bass. Written by Ravenstine. ©1975
Copyright Control. Part of a suite that Allen called
"Terminal Drive." Allen moved to New York City and is a
pilot for Northwest Airlines.
- 30 SECONDS OVER TOKYO Rocket From The
- Recorded in June 1975. David Thomas: vocals, Peter
Laughner: guitar, Gene O'Connor: guitar, Craig Bell:
bass, John Madansky: drums. Written by
Thomas-Laughner-O'Connor. See booklet credits for
copyright information. Wayne Strick happened to be in the
band when most of the photographs were taken but this was
the longest lived of the RFTT variants, playing here at a
Heavy Metal Showcase (!).
- HEART OF DARKNESS Proto Ubu
- Never released. Recorded in late 1975 at the Ubu
rehearsal house in South Euclid. David Thomas: vocals,
Peter Laughner: guitar, Tim Wright: bass, Dave Taylor:
EML synthesizer. See booklet credits for copyright
information. David was often called "Crocus" in the early
days. He wrote under the name Crocus Behemoth. In live
recordings after 1977 you can hear off-mic calls to "Ed."
David's name became Ed for reasons no one can remember.
- PUSHIN TOO HARD Pere Ubu
- CLE 3A, flexidisk. Recorded in May 1975. Released in
1980. David Thomas: vocals & harmonica, Peter
Laughner: guitar, Tom Herman: guitar, Dave Taylor: Ace
Tone organ & EML synthesizers, Tim Wright: bass,
Scott Krauss: drums. Written by Saxon. ©Neil Music