I was intrigued when I got an email about a show at Joe’s Pub tonight (Tuesday, March 25): the Ubu Sings Ubu Band.
I’ve never been a fan of Pere Ubu, David Thomas’ Cleveland avant-garage band. There’s not a single Ubu track in my iTunes library or in my I’ll-import-them-to-iTunes eventually collection of CDs.
So why would I care about the debut of a band covering songs that I’ll barely recognize?
The band’s video of “Life Stinks” offered a taste that left me wanting more.
But it’s the personnel list that really got to me: Tony Torn, Dan Safer — and Stew (of The Negro Problem/”Passing Strange” fame) sitting in as a special guest.