[IMAGE: Jarry's Pere Ubu]
Pere Ubu is the central character in a series of
absurdist plays by Frenchman Alfred
Jarry (1873-1907). "Pere" is French for "father." "Ubu" is the name of
the character. The band was named Pere Ubu because:
- It seemed like a good idea at the time
- The name looked good, sounded good, had 3 syllables, and wasn't likely
to mean much of anything to anyone
- Jarry's production ideas called for engaging the audience's
imagination in the creative process. He used masks, his characters spoke
in a monotone & placards were used to set scenes. For example, when an
army crossed a river, a placard was set on stage reading, "Polish Army
Crosses Such-&-Such River," as one person walked across the stage.
All of this appealed to people who grew up listening to other people talk
on transistorized radio receiver devices about UFOs & personal problems.
How you say it. [~30k Sun ULAW Sound File]