My attempt to blog all of the entries from the book 1001 Albums to Hear Before You Die
Brief Background: Dub Housing is the second album Peru Ubu. It was recorded in the late summer of 1978 and released in November of the same year. The album title comes from identical public housing buildings in Baltimore.
What I think: These guys are a bit of Captain Beefheart meets punk rock and the songs that end each side, “Thriller!” and “Codex” are really on that CB side. The are lengthy, full of spooky noises and don’t have much in the way of a normal song structure. As you can imagine, these really aren’t my style.
The rest of the songs though have a really cool quality to them where they are difficult, but catching as hell at the same time. It reminds me of The Pixies in that way. The song can be a bunch of naoise and non-sense lyrics and then this great hook comes in and you are caught. My favorites in this vein are “Caligari’s Mirror”, “Drinking Wine Spodyody” and “(Pa) Ubu Dance Party”.
Do I agree or disagree with the writers as to this being an album you must listen to? I do agree that we should hear this. Another solid album from Pere Ubu.
Rating (Out of 5) 4
Is this my first time hearing this album? Yes (317/414)