Pere Ubu – Why I Hate Women
Record Label: Smog Veil Records
Release Date: September 19, 2006
You mean you’ve never heard of Pere Ubu? But, Why I Hate Women is the group’s 15th album. Still nothing? I guessed as much. The group, led artfully astray by David Thomas, plays such a strange sort of avant-garde, jazz, and bluesy rock music that Thomas was ironically forced to create his own genre. He called it Avant-Garage. Stop trying to guess what that means, none of us will ever truly know.
How Is It?
Why I Hate Women succeeds when there is at least a little bit of rhythm (or direction) involved. It can come from anywhere, Thomas’s flow-like delivery on spastic closer “Texas Overture” or the punk riff on noise rock delight “Caroleen”. When the album simply meanders along abstract time signatures (“Stolen Cadillac”) or random synth buzzing (“Mona”), it’s easy to get lost. Why I Hate Women lacks any flow, but this was certainly intentional. Take the juxtaposition of up-tempo “Flames Of Nebraska” and the oh-so-minimal “Love Song”. The former features mesmerizing, extraterrestrial synthesizers, while the latter is a literal snooze fest until the heavily pedaled guitar solo kicks in. The songs are distinct, like separate paintings in David Thomas’s musical art exhibit. In fact, Thomas is up there with Warhol when it comes to eccentricities. But he is down there with Van Gogh in popularity during his own lifetime. It shouldn’t take death to bring Thomas the recognition he so clearly deserves, and, yet, probably shuns.
Recommended If You Like: Captain Beefhart, poorly knit sweaters, (old) Modest Mouse, obscurity, Frank Zappa, doing things you KNOW your parents won’t understand