Before you can run, you must master The Art of Walking, the title of the forth album from Cleveland based art-house band Pere Ubu. But don’t use this set to steady your cadence. It’s more an exercise in instability. Led by stochastic front man David Thomas (no, not the Wendy’s guy) Pere Ubu exists on the fringes, tangent to the turbulent punk movement of the late 70’s, early 80’s, yet its velocity is consistently inconsistent. Pere Ubu oscillates between nonsense, chaos and febrility. I liken it to a peek inside the mind of an insane person or, at best one that is unbalanced, which is why I’m sure it continues to resonate with me.
It’s a good bet that a young and unknown poet named Anothony Kiedis and close fiends Hillel Slovak (aka Flea) were in the crowd mashing and slamming when the Minutemen played Safari Sam’s in Huntington Beach, CA. The untimely death of guitarist D. Boon put an end to this punk-a-delic shooting star, but not before they put out a super nova double album titled Double Nickels on the Dime. Clocking in at over and 1.25 hours, this has plenty of octane to get you there and back.