Pere Ubu emerged from Cleveland, Ohio in the mid-1970s making challenging, industrial-strength music that became associated with the New York punk scene that included Television, Patti Smith and The Ramones. But Pere Ubu was, and still is, quite a different animal. The band is lead by the imposing figure of David Thomas who formed the group in 1975. He took the name Pere Ubu from the main character of the 19th century absurdist stage play 'Ubu Roi' written by Alfred Jarry. Thirty years later the band has recorded its own musical version of the play called 'Long Live Pere Ubu'.