The Modern Dance is the debut studio album by American rock band Pere Ubu. It was released in January 1978, through record label Blank. A 5.1 surround sound version was released as the DVD-Audio side of a DualDisc in 2005.


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Track listing[edit]Edit

All songs written and composed by Pere Ubu (David ThomasTom HermanAllen RavenstineTony MaimoneScott Krauss), except as noted.

Side one
A1. Non-Alignment Pact – 3:18
A2. The Modern Dance – 3:28
A3. Laughing – 4:35
A4. Street Waves – 3:04
A5. Chinese Radiation – 3:27
Side two
B1. Life Stinks (Peter Laughner) – 1:52
B2. Real World – 3:59
B3. Over My Head – 3:48
B4. Sentimental Journey – 6:05
B5. Humor Me – 2:44

Critical reception[edit]Edit

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic [1]
Robert Christgau A−[2]
Q [3]
Rolling Stone favorable[4]
Stylus Magazine favorable[5]

The Modern Dance has been critically acclaimed. Although only moderately positive initially, Robert Christgau later raised his rating a notch and wrote of the album that "the highs are worth it, and the failed stuff ain't bad" in his revised review.[2] At the same time, Ken Tucker in Rolling Stone called it vivid and exhilarating, even if "harsh and willfully ugly".[4]


Pere Ubu
  • S. W. Taylor – sleeve artwork
  • Ken Hamann – engineering, production
  • Mike Bishop – engineering assistance
  • Paul Hamann – engineering assistance
  • Mik Mellen – sleeve photography

Release history[edit]Edit

Year of Release Place of Release Format Label
1978 United States Vinyl LP Blank
1981 United Kingdom Vinyl LP Rough Trade
1988 United Kingdom Vinyl LP Fontana
1988 Germany CD Fontana
1998 United Kingdom CD Cooking Vinyl
1998 United States CD DGC
1999 Italy Vinyl LP Get Back
2005 Europe DualDisc Silverline
2007 United States Vinyl LP Blank
2008 United Kingdom CD Cooking Vinyl
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