1975 to 1982
Cleveland, OH, United States
Pere Ubu is an experimental rock group formed in Cleveland, Ohio, in 1975. Despite many long-term band members, singer David Thomas is the only constant. The group is named after Père Ubu ("father Ubu"), the protagonist of Ubu Roi ("Ubu, the King"), a play by French writer Alfred Jarry. While Pere Ubu have never been widely popular--they are usually categorized as "underground rock"--they have a devoted following and have been critically acclaimed.
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