Story of Pere Ubu - 10

1979 started out well with a concert at the conceptual birthplace of the avant-garage-- the First International Garage Exhibition-- but the end game was at hand. The working title for NEW PICNIC TIME had been GOODBYE. Nothing was easy. Nothing fit into place. Nobody spoke the same language. Tom was frustrated and left after a summer tour which ended in a vast beachside hall in San Diego playing for an audience of five. It felt bad. Weeks passed with the band in limbo. David and Allen met at the concert of a celebrated new wave group. "We were better," David said out of the corner of his mouth. "Mayo Thompson," Allen answered. A month later Ubu was rehearsing with the guitarist from The Red Crayola.