Shop > Audio

#13921

UJ3RK5 Live from the Commodore Ballroom

Performers
Ian Wallace, Jeff Wall, and Rodney Graham
Price
$20.00
Date
2016
Publisher
Emily Carr University Press
Format
Audio
Genre
LP
Description

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.

Edition of 600.

Published by Emily Carr University Press and Primary Information.

  1. UJ3RK5 Live from the Commodore Ballroom
 

Related Items

  1. New Fries: MORE 10“
  2. Cranfield and Slade: 12 Sun Songs
  3. The Rodney Graham Songbook
  4. Protruders Live Cassette
  5. Neil Wedman: Selected Monochromatic Paintings and Works on Paper
  6. Charles Balls and Jacob Horwood: split album
  7. gastric female reflex and Crank Sturgeon Live at Radio Central, Antwerp
  8. Jeff Dersken: Jeff Derksen: After Euphoria
  9. Crazy Music​/​Philip Corner​/​1990
  10. Alan Licht: A New York Minute
  11. P_LAB + Z + KASPER T. TOEPLITZ
  12. Eve Egoyan: Erik Satie: Hidden Corners (Recoins)
  13. seth graham: No. 00 in Clean Life
  14. Stands for ICPMABOYC
  15. Kota Ezawa: Odessa Staircase Redux
  16. THAMES: Volume X
  17. Neil Wiernik: Naw: terrain vague
  18. Coil: Gold is the Metal with the Broadest Shoulders
  19. Paul Collins and JJ Palix: Collins & Palix: Wipe Out!
  20. Coil: A Guide For Beginners/A Guide For Finishers (Russian 2CD set)
  21. Feuermusik: No Contest
  22. Laurie Anderson: Home of the Brave
  23. Dave Allen: The Mirrored Catalogue D’Oiseaux
  24. Paul Collins and J.J. Phalix: 7 Scories
  25. CCMC Play at Double Double
  26. The Hidden Cameras: AGE LP
  27. Ken Buera and Don Simmons: EMMAX : birthday song
  28. Jason Lazarus: Untitled (3/19/13 - 6/18/13)
  29. The Hidden Cameras: AGE CD
  30. Albatross Note: The Art Lodge Tapes
  31. Diane Borsato and Ryan Driver: Untitled Scores