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Pere Ubu: The Modern Dance (Fontana)

Mark Sinker, New Musical Express, 13 February 1988

IF PUNK was an ugly kid's crazed revenge on old age, an obliterating mayhem, there were other ways the clogging and the arrested adolescence of the '70s were under assault. In those far-off, remembered days the class of '77 charged their seniors with not living up to high teen ideals, with being old before their time. Pere Ubu showed – which was just as important – that the seniors were only fake adults, these pomp rockers and singer/songwriters, these real musicians.

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