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UJ3RK5 - Live From The Commodore Ballroom

Format: 2LP
Label: Primary Information PI10, Emily Carr University Press
Year: 2016
Origin: Vancouver, British Columbia, 🇨🇦
Genre: new wave, punk
Value of Original Title: $30.00
Make Inquiry/purchase: email ryder@robertwilliston.com
Release Type: Albums
Websites:  https://readbooks.ecuad.ca/item/l0ANJUYz80M6jt4Oqs7hZQ/lists/LuBsvztdzajY/, https://uj3rk5.bandcamp.com/album/live-from-the-commodore-ballroom
Playlist: New Wave Post Punk Wave, 1980's, British Columbia


Side 1

Track Name
Hands of Orlac

Side 2

Track Name
Eisenhower and the Hippies
Hash Dreams of the Everyday Housewife

Side 3

Track Name
The Anglican
Naum Gabo
The Departure

Side 4

Track Name
Name Pavlov Ring Bell
Booty Dread
Reason Sleeps Tonight


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Live From The Commodore Ballroom


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Released December 1, 2016. Gatefold Edition of 600.
"Live from the Commodore Ballroom" captures a legendary performance by UJ3RK5 in Vancouver in 1980. Sharing an affinity with bands such as Devo and Talking Heads, UJ3RK5 emerged out of punk, new wave, and post-punk music, as well as the Vancouver School of photo conceptualism that some of the members were associated with. The band included artists Rodney Graham, Jeff Wall, and Ian Wallace among others, and while at the time the band eschewed the art-band label, their subject matter, approach, and visual identity intersected vividly with those of the Vancouver art scene at the time. Wall noted in a 1980 interview: “UJ3RK5 is recreated from art.”

This live performance is famous in the Vancouver music scene (as well as in visual art circles) and this double LP documents the band at their peak live intensity, opening for Gang of Four, shortly before they disbanded. Taken from the sound board at the Commodore Ballroom, the recording includes “Naum Gabo,” “The Anglican,” “Booty Dread,” and the Dan Graham-inspired “Eisenhower and the Hippies,” as well as eight other previously unreleased tracks.

Formed in Vancouver in 1978, UJ3RK5 originated out of the guitar and bongo duo, The Gentlemen Two, comprised of Frank Ramirez and Rodney Graham. The band’s line-up included Kitty Byrne (drums), Rodney Graham (guitar), Colin Griffiths, aka Frank Crass (guitar), Danice MacLeod (violin), Frank Johnson, aka Frank Ramirez (vocals), Jeff Wall (vocals, keyboards), Ian Wallace (bass), and David Wisdom (vocals, keyboards), with occasional participation by friends such as Merv Hutchinson and author William Gibson. In addition to appearing on Canadian compilations, in 1980 the band released a self-titled, four-song EP on Quintessence Records. The record was reissued that same year by PolyGram, only a few months before the band broke up due to the growing visual arts careers of several of its members.

Frank Ramirez: vocals
Jeff Wall: vocals, keyboards
Colin Griffiths: guitar
Rodney Graham: guitar
Ian Wallace: bass
Kitty Byrne: drums
Danice MacLeod: violin

Written by UJ3RK5
Mastered by Josh Stevenson
Recorded by Grant McDonagh in Vancouver BC on May 26 1980

Album design by Project Projects
Photography by David Wisdom and UJ3RK5


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