Picture: Datapanik Box Set Cover


The Box Set

On August 27th, 1996 a five cd, mid-priced box set of classic Pere Ubu from 1975 to 1982 was released by Geffen Records in the USA/Canada and Cooking Vinyl in the rest of the world.

The albums represented are THE MODERN DANCE, DUB HOUSING, NEW PICNIC TIME, ART OF WALKING, SONG OF THE BAILING MAN as well as the original DATAPANIK IN THE YEAR ZERO ep: That's Three And A Half Hours of Studio Ubu. But that's not all! Also included is more than an hour's worth of never before released live recordings in Ubu's official bootleg series. And THAT, for most people, would be enough-- Four And A HALF Hours of Ubu. More than any sensible person could ask for! But the discerning Ubu fan demands more... And he gets it!! One And One Quarter Hour's Worth of gem-like, Ubu-related rarities from the Cleveland Years!! Own it all. Own it now. Offer will not be repeated.

The cds have been remastered from original analog tapes at Suma and the quality far exceeds previous cd reissues of the Ubu catalog. See Bug Report.

The box set release will be limited. A general release of the albums as individual cds will follow beginning in 1997 [See the box set/reissue FAQ at the Ubu Projex web site for more info]. The rarities disk and the live disk will NOT be released individually. A quick glance over the track listing for the box set reveals some omissions and some "corrections."

"Use of A Dog" from SONG OF THE BAILING MAN is missing from the disk 1980-1982. There was no room for it. The disk is 73 minutes long. The limit is 74 minutes.

"Not Happy" & "Lonesome Cowboy Dave" from TERMINAL TOWER are also missing from the disk 1980-1982 for the same reason.

The live version of "Humor Me" from TERMINAL TOWER is missing from the disk 1978-1979 for the same reason.

The Hearpen singles are all represented. Remember that the Hearpen sides of "Street Waves" and "Modern Dance" are the same sides that appear on the album THE MODERN DANCE. "Modern Dance" was slightly re-mixed for the album.

"Arabia", "Young Miles In The Basement" and "Misery Goats" are all the "correct" versions. See the Bug Report.

The digital transfer from the original analog master mix tapes used Suma's custom built 20-bit DA processor. We made every effort to remain true to the intentions of the original mix while using Sumex equalization software to enhance detail and clarity where indicated. We constantly A/B'ed the analog original with the digital eq and once or twice actually degraded the digital eq in order to stay true to the original. See the Bug Report for a brief analysis of previous cd issues. Remember that vinyl always cut away more of our sound than it enhanced. It was a pleasure to hear some of the detail restored.

Digital transfer and eq by David Thomas & Paul Hamann at Suma in 1994.
Box Set packaging and design by John Thompson.
Terminal Drive disk compiled by Jim Jones & David Thomas.
Text supplied by Ubu Projex, Charlotte Pressler and Gary Mollica.
A&R: Ray Farrell



30 Seconds Over Tokyo (6:21)
Heart of Darkness (4:44)
Final Solution (4:58)
Cloud 149 (2:37)
Untitled (3:32)
My Dark Ages (4:00)
Heaven (3:04)
Nonalignment Pact (3:18)
The Modern Dance (3:28)
Laughing (4:35)
Street Waves (3:04)
Chinese Radiation (3:27)
Life Stinks (1:52)
Real World (4:00)
Over My Head (3:49)
Sentimental Journey (6:06)
Humor Me (2:43)
The Book Is On The Table (4:02)
Running Time is 69:29.

Produced by Pere Ubu & Ken Hamann.
All songs written by Pere Ubu except "30 Seconds Over Tokyo" (Laughner-O'Connor-Thomas), "Heart of Darkness" (Thomas-Herman-Krauss-Laughner-Wright), "Final Solution" (Bell-Thomas-Pere Ubu), and "Life Stinks" (Laughner). © 1975-1978 Ubu Projex BMI.



Navvy (2:40)
On The Surface (2:35)
Dub Housing (3:40)
Caligari's Mirror (3:49)
Thriller! (4:36)
I, Will Wait (1:46)
Drinking Wine Spodyody (2:44)
Ubu Dance Party (4:46)
Blow Daddy O (3:38)
Codex (4:54)
The Fabulous Sequel (3:07)
49 Guitars & One Girl (2:51)
A Small Dark Cloud (5:49)
Small Was Fast (3:30)
All The Dogs Are Barking (3:02)
One Less Worry (3:46)
Make Hay (4:02)
Goodbye (5:17)
Voice of The Sand (1:27)
Kingdom Come (3:15)
Running Time is 72:06.

Produced by Pere Ubu & Ken Hamann.
All songs written by Pere Ubu. © 1978-79 Ubu Projex BMI.



Go (3:35)
Rhapsody In Pink (3:34)
Arabia (4:59)
Young Miles In The Basement (4:20)
Misery Goats (2:38)
Loop (3:15)
Rounder (3:24)
Birdies (2:27)
Lost In Art (5:12)
Horses (2:35)
Crush This Horn (3:00)
The Long Walk Home (2:35)
Petrified (2:16)
Stormy Weather (3:18)
West Side Story (2:46)
Thoughts That Go By Steam (3:47)
Big Ed's Used Farms (2:24)
A Day Such As This (7:16)
The Vulgar Boatman Bird (2:49)
My Hat (1:19)
Horns Are A Dilemma (4:21)
Running Time is 72:51.

Index 1-11 produced by Pere Ubu & Paul Hamann.
All songs written by Pere Ubu except "Horses" (Thompson). © 1980 Ubu Projex BMI/Copyright Control 1980, except "Horses" Copyright Control 1980.
Index 12-21 produced by Adam Kidron.
All songs written by Pere Ubu. © 1982 Ubu Projex BMI/Rough Trade Music/Copyright Control 1982.


390 Degrees of Simulated Stereo, Volume 2

Vocal Liner Notes (:56)
Theatre 140, 5/5/78 (:07)
Real World (4:32)
Laughing (5:19)
Street Waves (4:30)
Humor Me (3:08)
Over My Head (5:00)
Sentimental Journey (8:49)
Life Stinks (3:13)
My Dark Ages (5:30)
C. Teatro Medica, 3/3/81 (:11)
The Modern Dance (3:40)
Codex (3:24)
Ubu Dance Party (3:57)
Big Ed's Used Farms (3:27)
Real World (2:46)
Birdies (2:15)
Running Time is 60:59.

All songs written by Pere Ubu except "Life Stinks" (Laughner). © 1976-1982 Ubu Projex BMI.

Terminal Drive

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Foreign Bodies : The Incredible Truth (2:35)
15-60-75 : It's In Imagination (4:43)
Syd's Dance Band : Never Again (2:20)
Carney & Thomas : Sunset In The Antipodes (2:26)
Home & Garden : (please) FIX MY HORN (my brakes don't work) (3:24)
Neptune's Car : Baking Bread (2:13)
David Thomas : Atom Mind (2:29)
Tripod Jimmie : Autumn Leaves (4:17)
Friction : Dear Richard (5:56)
Pressler-Morgan : You're Gonna Watch Me (1:40)
Rocket From The Tombs : Amphetamine (5:32)
Mirrors : She Smiled Wild (3:57)
Electric Eels : Jaguar Ride (1:46)
Tom Herman : Steve Canyon Blues (4:17)
Allen Ravenstine : Home Life (6:47)
Rocket From The Tombs : 30 Seconds Over Tokyo (7:00)
Proto Ubu : Heart of Darkness (8:47)
Pere Ubu : Pushin Too Hard (3:54)
Running Time is 74:20.

See booklet for credits.

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