Critical of Poland, the film met with negative reactions among the Poles, and was never as popular as Szulkin's earlier films. But that doesn't prevent the rest of us from enjoying it! Although much different from his science-fiction films, Szulkin's Ubu król is a masterpiece of bawd absurdity, political satire insofar as it is a satire of politics tout court, and Rabelaisian crassness.
Thirty-five years after releasing The Modern Dance, Pere Ubu delivered Lady from Shanghai, an album that bandleader David Thomas described as "dance music, fixed." That's a pretty bold declaration, and almost as attention-getting as the band naming its 2006 album Why I Hate Women (after a fictional novel). Dance music may or may not need fixing, but for a band as dedicated to questioning authority and assumptions as Pere Ubu, even the mindlessness of a hip-shaking beat could become the enemy.
D’Alfred Jarry, on ne retient souvent de nos jours que le scandaleux Ubu Roi. Cela revient cependant à passer sous silence la singulière expérimentation, placée sous le signe de l’enfance, dans laquelle l’existence de l’écrivain s’est peu à peu abimée. Au creux de sa voix lézardée se devine un désir éperdu de mettre en mots les forces de déflagration propres à la vie, qui corrompent inéluctablement notre conscience individuée et que nos nobles philosophies s’efforcent en vain de compenser. …
The Rough Trade story begins more than thirty years ago on 20th February 1976. Britain was in the grip of an IRA bombing campaign; a future prime minister was beginning to make her mark on a middle England in which punk was yet to run amok; and a young Cambridge graduate called Geoff Travis opened a new shop at 202 Kensington Park Road, just off Ladbroke Grove in west London. The Rough Trade shop sold obscure and challenging records by bands like American art-rockers Pere Ubu, offering an alternative to the middle-of-the-road rock music that dominated the music business.