The latter is the second in a series of box sets, and it brings together “the scariest album ever recorded,” New Picnic Time, with its companion releases, The Art Of Walking and Song Of The Bailing Man. All of these albums have been carefully re-mastered by Brian Pyle, with the original quarter-inch stereo mix tapes being digitally transferred by Paul Hamann at Suma at a 192khz / 24 bit resolution. From these the vinyl LPs were cut by Pete Norman with a Neumann VMS80 lathe.
There has also been a tour announcement to coincide with the release and, further support the release of the previous box set Elitism For The People 1975-1978. The Coed Jail tour will comprise of music taken from the two box sets, with guitarist Tom Herman playing in the band for the third time since 1975.
The rest of line up for the tour is David Thomas, Robert Wheeler, Michele Temple and Steve Mehlman. Wheeler and Temple have been in Pere Ubu since 1994, Mehlman since 1995.
“We don’t promote chaos, we preserve it,” Thomas explained. “Now more than ever – just like Nixon said – you need the sort of utterly gratuitous mess that only men of conviction can provide.”
Tom Herman chose the songs for the tour, four from each of the first five albums and the collection of early singles. He coined the Ubu Rule that became known as the Herman Doctrine, “The best guitar part is the one that requires you to move your fingers the least.”
The Coed Jail tour dates are below, with our own John Robb doing a Q&A with the band before the opening night of the tour in Manchester.
22 Mar: The Ruby Lounge, Manchester, UK
23 Mar: Ramsgate Music Hall, Ramsgate, UK
24 Mar: The Dome, Tufnell Park, London, UK
25 Mar: Bla, Oslo, Norway
26 Mar: Stubnitz, Hamburg, Germany
27 Mar: Volksbühne, Berlin, Germany
28 Mar: Beatpol, Dresden, Germany
31 Mar: Monk Club, Rome, Italy
01 Apr: Locomotiv, Bologna, Italy
05 Apr: La Poste a Galene, Marseille, France
06 Apr: Salle Jean Carmet, Le Mans, France
07 Apr : Le Point Ephemere, Paris, France
08 Apr: de Helling, Utrecht, Netherlands
09 Apr: More Music, Brugge, Belgium
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