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Surf's Up

David Thomas & Two Pale Boys Audio CD
5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (February 20, 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Thirsty Ear
  • ASIN: B0000589GO
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #582,773 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Editorial Reviews

"I'd read the things people may know/ The stories they fit me into," David Thomas sings with his usual cryptic, mordant wit. For such a large man, he has a delicate voice, one that evokes desolate vistas and surreal places. He's been creating his own punk American gothic since the mid-1970s with Pere Ubu and more recently with trumpeter Andy Diagram and guitarist Keith Moline (the Two Pale Boys). Surf's Up, the follow-up to their 1996 studio album Erewhon, sounds like deranged Midwestern surf music. Guitars are fed through echo machines and radio receivers, while Thomas's voice weaves around atmospheric beats. The title track in particular, a cover from Brian Wilson's lost Smile album, has an off-kilter tonal beauty--like Miles Davis meets a mad Beach Boys. It, like the entire album, is highly recommended. --Lucy O'Brien

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5.0 out of 5 stars "orange groves in the lamplight halos" February 26, 2001
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... It would appear that someone is either about to be very confused, enlightened, or both.
I've listened to this latest David Thomas postcard three times through now and find myself enjoying it more with each listen; a truly good sign and an experience well known to all fans of Thomas, from solo projex to all things Ubu. Faves so far include the first track, "Runaway," "River," and the beyond-sublime rendition of "Surf's Up." To be able to walk up to the cd player and cue that up when the mood strikes is g-d gift. Thank you.
To top it all off, there's a new Ubu on the way in September.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Motherless RAGE! February 23, 2001
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Geography, ghosts, spiders and the call of the road. Another essential album from Mr. Thomas and friends. Although not as sonically dynamic as the last 2 Pale Boys studio effort "EREHWON," "Surf's Up" has a depth which is at once haunting and intriguing. This is DT conjuring the spirit of B.W. and "Smile"-era BBs. "Runaway" starts the album like a lost Pere Ubu classic; Brian cries in "Surf's Up", while "River" extends "Surf's Up" tale of lost souls. Not for the faint of heart, this album will reward adventurous listeners with a journey into David's "heart of darkness."
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