The Modern Dance (studio album) by Pere Ubu

The Modern Dance
The Modern Dance by Pere Ubu
Year: 1978
Overall rank: 698th   Overall chart historyOverall chart history
Average Rating: 
80/100 (from 357 votes)
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Accolades:
Award Top 20 albums of 1978 (15th)
Award Top albums of the 1970s (160th)
Award Top 1,000 albums of all time (698th)
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The Modern Dance is ranked as the best album by Pere Ubu.

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Average Rating: 
80/100 (from 357 votes)
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This album is rated in the top 2% of all albums on BestEverAlbums.com. This album has a Bayesian average rating of 79.6/100, a mean average of 78.3/100, and a trimmed mean (excluding outliers) of 79.8/100. The standard deviation for this album is 18.0.

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85/100
From 06/20/2020 10:38
Good album a little bit average but ok. I give it a good 85 for interesting noise rock and punk rock like the Sex Pistols.
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70/100
From 01/13/2018 05:16
This album was surprisingly fun to listen to, although I found the last ten minutes or so more of a trial than I typically like.
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100/100
From 12/04/2016 12:59
One of my all time favorites. Brilliant! A masterpiece.
I first heard this masterpiece in 1980 at universty, and although it sounds relatively tame in 2017, in 1978 'The Modern Dance' was a radical revolutionary new kind of music, birthed in punk - soaked in experimentation and sophistication.
It has dated well, an exceptional work.
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90/100
From 05/31/2016 17:33
A great post punk album. Similar in attitude and presentation with Joy Division's, unknown pleasures. The modern dance, is a fantastic record of alienation, frustration, and anger, and delivered with a swagger. There is no point in picking out individual tracks, it all needs to be listened together in one sitting, like most great albums. A classic late seventies LP.
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From 05/20/2016 11:05
A challenging album, not to everyone taste. If the listener pays attention it's capable of creating a soundscape environment unlike anything you've heard before. Highly recommended.
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From 03/25/2015 00:31
I was so excited about this on the first listen and on many more to come!
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From 04/08/2013 07:20
Not quite a masterpiece to me yet, but I could see it growing on me more.
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From 11/06/2012 14:59
My friend said that this is like a collection of the most annyoing sounds he know - the high pitched distortion on Non-Alignment Pact, the applause section in Chinese Radiation, the shouting and saxophone playing in Life Stinks, the entire Sentimental Journey and just generally David Thomas' vocals
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80/100
From 05/14/2012 17:14
Pere Ubu take the spirit of old-style garage-rock and distort it in a rhythmically groteque way. These 'Beefheart-ian' influences, are though, merely an alibi for frontman David Thomas's nuerosis, surreal lyrics and abstract humour which emphasise the dramatic force of his theatrical-style performance. The atmosphere of 'The Modern Dance' is one of spiritual decay of post-industrial society and the sense of alienation, anxiety and fatalism that stems from that. These feelings are expressed through primordial and grotesque musical textures that often take the form of psychedelic dissonance, electronic distortions, expressionism and Dadaist abstractions. This album is arguably the most original and innovative of the new wave and sounds about a decade ahead of its time. This is probably the first post-punk album. In many ways, like the art of Beefheart and Red Crayola, this album represents a musical vocabulary that has still yet to be fully realized or understood by mainstream critics. This is why you are unlikely to find it on many 'best of' lists. I like the fact that Pere Ubu, as with Faust who artistically they have much in common with, tend to shun the commercial circuit.
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From 04/06/2012 08:12
This is just perfect. This is what cities were like in the eighties.
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Best Albums of 1978
1. Darkness On The Edge Of Town by Bruce Springsteen
2. The Cars by The Cars
3. Parallel Lines by Blondie
4. This Year's Model by Elvis Costello
5. Van Halen by Van Halen
6. Die Mensch·Maschine [The Man-Machine] by Kraftwerk
7. Some Girls by The Rolling Stones
8. More Songs About Buildings And Food by Talking Heads
9. Music For 18 Musicians by Steve Reich
10. The Kick Inside by Kate Bush
11. 3rd by Big Star
12. Hemispheres by Rush
13. Dire Straits by Dire Straits
14. Ambient 1: Music For Airports by Brian Eno
15. The Modern Dance by Pere Ubu
16. Chairs Missing by Wire
17. All Mod Cons by The Jam
18. Q: Are We Not Men? A: We Are Devo! by Devo
19. Outlandos D'Amour by The Police
20. Excitable Boy by Warren Zevon
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