Ubu Studies 101
When he goes for it he really goes for it. Not one but two extraordinary Carl Impostume posts about Pere Ubu. One day, these posts are going to be set texts for every American Studies degree. Shamefully, the only Ubu album I have is The Modern Dance (budget-line CD reissue, $11.98 at Zulu). Isn't that Matt Woebot's number one album of all time?
The only thing I'd really take issue with is Carl's explanation of/excuse for David Thomas' misogyny. I suppose there is some truth in the idea that the woman-hating aspects of classic/garage rock arose from the sexual repressiveness of post-war American society but I'm not sure that excuses Thomas calling an album Why I Hate Women.
Also the statement "there is no contradiction between aesthetic or formal radicalism and political conservatism" seems highly debatable. You can't just throw that out there and leave us hanging, Carl! Perhaps he should do a whole series of posts on Great Reactionaries of the 20th-Century Avant Garde.
I was reminded of another great Impostume moment by this post on Chris T-T's blog. Foolishly, I let the fact that Richard Dawkins sets my teeth on edge allow me to get in way over my head comments-wise. Just to clear things up: yes I do think that organized religion is a load of bollocks.