Charlie Dontsurf reports (2010):
There's a review of 'Folly of Youth' in a new French book called 'Mes Disques Improbables' by Pol Dodu. Dodu writes a blog with review of 'Love Love Love' and other Ubu songs.
'Blow Daddy-o' appears on a French compilation cd called 'A Man And A Machine 02.'
On French tv, Canal +, there is at the moment a series called 'Carlos,' about the infamous terrorist. The soundtrack is very good. In it, Sonic Reducer, in its Dead Boys version but credited O'Connor/Thomas.
Charles Williams reports, 6/8/9:
In Grange Hill (a classic British kids TV series set in a school which ran for 32 years until 2008) there is an episode where one of the girls, Trisha, gives a reading lesson to her dyslexic friend Simon Shaw. And the text? It is the NME (or Melody Maker) review of "Dub Housing" entitled "Ubu: The Modern Dance Speeds Up". The mind boggles! After some delving. The original air date was 23 January 1979 which means the scene must have been filmed late 1978 at about the time of release in November.
Chris Stebbens reports, 7/12/08:
I have beeen on a night out in my home town of Ulverston and am still reeling from finding Modern Dance on the jukebox of the local sporty pub (The Globe) BRAVO!!
Mike DeCapite reports, 12/27/7:
In case no one's shown it to you, I'm sending the passage below from a new Steve Erickson novel, Zeroville. Zazi is a 12-year-old girl who lives in the context of music the way the main character, Vikar, lives in the context of the movies. "The Sound" referred to is the sound of the Stooges and others, including, presumably, Ubu.
Mike DeCapite adds:
I read an Ubu reference several years ago in one of the early George Pelecanos novels - the main character's a reluctant private eye who talks a lot about the music he's listening to - but it was just a tip of the hat rather than a whole passage like in the Erickson book.
Peggy Van Buskirk reports, 9/11/7:
I got a DVD from the library, the 40th Anniversary Special Edition of Dr. Strangelove, and in one of the special features they were interviewing the wife and adult son of the [now deceased] screenwriter, Terry Southern. The son was wearing a Pere Ubu T-shirt.
Charlie Dontsurf reports, 1/30/6:
Have a look to the Brian Wilson's Smile DVD, disc One, Bonus, Aftershow featurette, 8'52, Paul Mertens, a Brian Wilson's musician, interview and ... who's that man, having a beard wearing a black coat and a beautiful hat, going behind Paul Mertens ... yes, it's Mr David Thomas!
Lance Eads reports, 11/4/5:
I was watching the fictional news program, "the Colbert Report" on Comedy Central last night and the host mentioned Pere Ubu. He was talking about congressional districts in Ohio and mentioning the connections between Ohio and the rock music world. He referred to Pere Ubu as a "groundbreaking" band or something along those lines. On the screen they briefly flashed a picture of the band. I just had to share. There! I did it! I'm not dilusional. You do exist! I think. How'd I get here? Whoa! My fingers . . . they . . . feel . . . NEVER BEND PLAID EGGNOG! NOOOooo... .
Charlie Dontsurf reports, 9/5/5:
Pere Ubu appears in a new french novel, "Cosmos Incorporated" by Maurice Le Dantec (Editions Albin Michel). The main character, Plotkine, reminisces about old things and sings ... (page 101), "Plotkine se surprit à fredonner une veille chanson oubliée d'un groupe rock américain des années 1970-1980, nommé Père Ubu: I don't need a cure, i don't need a final solution...."
Oliver Wolf reports:
I don't know if you've already heard about or seen this but an episode of rock n roll Jeopardy had a category re Cleveland ("Cleveland Rocks" maybe?). The hardest question in the category was something along the lines of "this pioneering Cleveland band took it's name from Jarry's Ubu Roi," etc. I don't have to add that nobody got it. My wife and I looked at each other and at the same time said "Pere Ubu" excitedly and then she dropped her plate of spaghetti all over the couch. thanks a lot.