, the best band to ever crawl out of Cleveland (sorry, MSB), reissues four of its late-'80s/early '90s albums tomorrow. The rub? They're only available as imports, so you're gonna have to pony up a little extra scratch if you want to own the expanded CDs.
But they're worth the money . . . or at least two of them are. The Tenement Year
(from 1988) and the following year's Cloudland
are stellar comeback records by the avant-pop group, which made art-damaged classics like The Modern Dance
and Dub Housing
in the late '70s. By the mid-'80s, Ubu's revolving lineup and sagging inspiration pretty much grounded the band. On The Tenement Year
, Ubu was resurrected as a pop group (or at least its fractured take on a pop group). They even got tons of mainstream modern-rock airplay with Cloudland
's "Waiting for Mary."
The remastered reissues (1991's Worlds in Collision
and 1993's Story of My Life
are also available, but they're recommended to fans only) feature B-sides, previously unreleased tracks, and new liner notes. -- Michael Gallucci