UJ3RK5 – UJ3RK5 EP

UJ3RK5 – The Anglican, The Locator // Eisenhower and the Hippies, Booty Dread (Quintessence Records) 1980. A post-punk classic of dryly academic dadaism. UJ3RK5 (pronounced “You Jerks”) were a band of social misfits from Vancouver who released this wacky EP in 1980. Coming out of the ‘photoconceptualism’ or ‘post-conceptual photography’ art movement and launching the seminal career of Rodney Graham, UJ3RK5 recorded this EP and a couple other compilation tracks before calling it a day. The band was too tuneful and upbeat to really qualify as “no wave” but too fractured and ridiculous to simply be labelled “new wave”. So let’s just consider them “Last Days Music” and be done with it. I’ve read that Eisenhower and the Hippies was their “hit” but that is kind of a ludicrous statement, no? Now what really strikes me as weird is if you juxtapose the cover of the UJ3RK5 EP with say, a photo of Arcade Fire or something, you may realize that trends come and go but Canadian Nerds making highly literate rock is constant. Luckily, in UJ3RK5 case, the tunes match the image.

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6 Responses to UJ3RK5 – UJ3RK5 EP

  1. Brushback says:

    Cool- been wanting to hear this band ever since I first read about them maybe 10 or so years ago — I think one of the Man or Astro-Man guys wrote something about them in Chunklet….

  2. Tom says:

    Fantastic. Thanks

  3. frank ramirez says:

    man or astroman covered eisenhower some time ago. it charted #1 on alternative charts in S.F. and other cities

  4. Joe says:

    @Frank -1996….just looked it up (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Man_or_Astro-man%3F). I was living in Columbus, Ohio at this time and it did not chart there. Plus, I was unaware of who UJ3RK5 were at that time. Thanks for the info!

  5. Dave says:

    Yeah, this is pretty great

  6. Raymond S. says:

    They also had a couple of tracks on the infamous Vancouver Complication

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