Cleveland underground iconoclasts PERE UBU get to enjoy the resurgence of vinyl with the release of a four-LP box set next month.

Elitism For the People 1975-78 includes completely remastered pressings of The Modern Dance, Dub Housing, The Hearpen Singles and Manhattan – recorded live at Max’s Kansas City in 1977. It’s out on 21 August through Fire Records.

Sample tracks from Elitism For The People.

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The band also have a series of UK dates later this month…

16 July: Komedia, Brighton, UK

17 July: Nell’s Jazz & Blues Club, London, UK

18 July: Latitude Festival, UK

19 July: Rhythm Tree Festival, Didge Cafe, Isle of Wight

23 July: The Musician, Leicester

24 July:  Wickerman Festival, Scotland

Still fronted by David Thomas, Pere Ubu were born out of the same Cleveland scene that spawned The Dead Boys. Describing their sound as ‘avant garage’, their early singles and debut album The Modern Dance were hugely influential, not least on the likes of Joy Division, Wire and REM.


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