Pere Ubu Returns

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Pere Ubu, 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 and Cloudland, 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

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