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LAist Interview: David Thomas of Pere Ubu

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The band Pere Ubu emerged from Cleveland, Ohio at the precise midpoint of the 1970s, as the members of proto-punk heavyweights Rocket From The Tombs went their separate ways before even making a record. Half of that band took the driving, relentless Stooge-like intensity with them and went on to start the Dead Boys. The two that would become Ubu, Thomas and guitarist Peter Laughner (August 22, 1952 - June 22, 1977), instead chose to keep it weird, follow their most extreme instincts and make rock and roll that sounded like their own lives. The series of self-released 7-inch singles they produced in 1976 form a body of work that, still to this day, sounds utterly unlike anything you've heard. Often touted as influential, and periodically covered, those early songs have never been successfully ripped off. Their whole trip is so complete, and so absurd, it’s hard to imagine any other band could ever swallow it whole, let alone spit it back out.