May 17, 2002 at 04:00 AM EDT

The Day the Earth Met the Rocket From the Tombs

type
Music
Current Status
In Season
Producers
Smog Veil
genre
Rock
We gave it an A-

This set of demos and live recordings, made in 1975, is pretty much the only document of the band that would mutate into Pere Ubu, and here they sound as raw as the Sex Pistols in a snowdrift. The recording quality is dodgy, but by the time David Thomas’ bestial wail morphs into Peter Laughner’s steak-knives-through-sheet-metal guitar on ”So Cold,” you won’t care. PUNK EXISTENTIALISM Hearing the late Peter Laughner contemplate suicide in the bleak ”Amphetamine,” while oblivious bar patrons yak it up. RIP, man.

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