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Pere Ubu launch 'Coed Jail!,' a tour drawing on the music from the two recent box set releases, Architecture Of Language, 1979-1982 and Elitism For The People, 1975-1978.
Cleveland guitarist Gary Siperko, fresh off the recentRocket From The Tombs tours, plays in the band for the first time. The rest of the line-up is David Thomas, Robert Wheeler, Michele Temple and Steve Mehlman. Wheeler and Temple have been in Pere Ubu since 1994, Mehlman since 1995.
This isn't a reunion. It isn't a greatest hits tour.
"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."
Early in 1977, after refining the doctrine of Datapanik, Thomas came downstairs in the house he shared with junk conceptualist / designer Johnny Dromette. There, in the living room, in the midst of a life-size reproduction of a Hollywood TV game show set that he'd constructed overnight, Johnny, exhausted, pronounced in portentous tones, "Coed Jail!"