Our final Record Store Day announcement comes in the form of a Pere Ubu 7″ single of ’30 Seconds Over Tokyo’ – an essential for any Pere Ubu fan!
Arriving in 1975 on own label Hearthan, Pere Ubu’s debut seminal single was initially written during the short-lived early days of Rocket From The Tombs. When the group disbanded David Thomas was eager to release ‘Final Solution’ and ’30 Seconds Over Tokyo’.
Taking its name from a Ted Lawson and Robert Considine book about the 1942 Doolittle Raid the song is about a World War II bomber squad’s “suicide ride”. “30 Seconds Over Tokyo” is “seven minutes of apocalyptic synth storms, metallic guitars and unnerving vocals” Tom Pinnock – Uncut Dec 2015.
Written during a rehearsal, ‘Heart Of Darkness’ resulted in ‘Final Solution’ getting axed from the B-side.
Limited to 1000 copies this special release for Record Store Day 2016, these tracks are as vital today as they were forty years ago.
Watch the new David Thomas video ‘The First Pere Ubu Single’ in the ‘Fire Tapes’ series below and read the full premiere article on Record Store Day’s website here