Above: an early Pere Ubu photo. And you thought punk rockers all had short spikey hair! Below, listen to Ubu and DNA tracks.
By Fred Mills
Cleveland’s Plain Dealer is reporting the death of musician Tim Wright, who played bass for Cleveland’s Pere Ubu 1975-78 and was a key player on the group’s earliest and arguably most influential recordings – among them, the iconic 45 “30 Seconds Over Tokyo/Heart of Darkness.” Pere Ubu needs no introduction, as it was one of the most important American indie bands of the pre-punk and punk era. Later, Wright moved to New York City where he joined No Wave combo DNA.
Ubu frontman David Thomas posted to Facebook the following notification:
“Tim Wright died Sunday, August 4 2013, reports longtime partner Mary Ann Livchak. He was an original member of Pere Ubu and later a contributor to the No Wave scene of New York City.”
On a personal note: that above-mentioned Ubu 45 was one of the first records I ever wrote about. The band, and the Cleveland underground scene, was a huge influence in shaping my musical tastes and I will always owe a huge vote of thanks to Wright and his banmates, vocalist Thomas, keyboardist Allen Ravenstine, guitarist Tom Herman and drummer Scott Krauss (not to mention late founding member Peter Laughner). Rest in peace, Mr. Wright.