Join the Cleveland Scene Press Club. Because No News is Bad News.

Pere Ubu 

with the Numbers Band. Tuesday, October 17, at the Beachland.

It's a harrowing testament to the music Pere Ubu made that now, 25 years later, the sonic doom of a song such as "Final Solution" still resonates so clearly. In the midst of a blindly contented era, its lyrics "don't need a drug/need a final solution" still scream out a punctual message for the dot-com masses. Formed as what could be considered the agit-junk-art conceptual parallel to the Velvet Underground, Pere Ubu stormed out of Cleveland in the early '70s, armed with a unique and industrial buzz sound that resulted in a handful of brilliant and stormy singles. David Thomas's vocal whine and warble wound up sounding more sinister than silly, as he sneered out a pungent lyrical assault on the backs of an exceptionally inventive and dynamic band. With its early, enormous importance hardly understated, Pere Ubu moved into the '80s slowly evolving -- at times into a more accessible pop format. Still honed as sharp as a shard of scrap metal, Ubu continues to maintain its relevance through endless label, stylistic, and lineup changes. Cleveland expatriate David Thomas has a new and altered lineup for Ubu's series of 25th anniversary shows, but the performance at the Rock Hall earlier this summer confirmed its capacity to faithfully deliver the old songs. And, although it's all been given a new coat of paint since the '70s, the world, and Thomas's Cleveland, ain't too much different today -- the call for a final solution is, perhaps, as urgent as ever.

We welcome readers to submit letters regarding articles and content in Cleveland Scene. Letters should be a minimum of 150 words, refer to content that has appeared on Cleveland Scene, and must include the writer's full name, address, and phone number for verification purposes. No attachments will be considered. Writers of letters selected for publication will be notified via email. Letters may be edited and shortened for space.

Email us at

Cleveland Scene works for you, and your support is essential.

Our small but mighty local team works tirelessly to bring you high-quality, uncensored news and cultural coverage of Cleveland and beyond.

Unlike many newspapers, ours is free – and we'd like to keep it that way, because we believe, now more than ever, everyone deserves access to accurate, independent coverage of their community.

Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing pledge, your support helps keep Cleveland's true free press free.

Speaking of Previews

Latest in Livewire

More by Kurt Hernon

Read the Digital Print Issue

September 23, 2020

View more issues

Most Popular

No recently-read stories.

Visit the archives…


Never miss a beat

Sign Up Now

Subscribe now to get the latest news delivered right to your inbox.


Staff Pick Events

  • Open Turntable Tuesday @ The Winchester

    • Tuesdays