New Picnic Time is the third album by American rock band Pere Ubu. It was released in September 1979 by Chrysalis Records. Reportedly the album sessions were stressful and contentious, and after touring, the group disbanded. They would reform a matter of months later, with Mayo Thompson replacing founding guitarist Tom Herman. The lyrics for the song "The Voice of the Sand" are based upon the poetry of Vachel Lindsay.

New Picnic Time
Studio album by
ReleasedSeptember 1979
RecordedMay–June 1979
StudioSuma Recording Studio, Painesville, Ohio
GenrePost-punk, experimental rock
ProducerPere Ubu, Ken Hamann
Pere Ubu chronology
Dub Housing
New Picnic Time
The Art of Walking

The album was reissued in 1989 on CD by Rough Trade Records, in 1999 on CD by Thirsty Ear Records, in 2008 on CD on Cooking Vinyl.

On the 1989 Rough Trade CD, the song "Jehovah's Kingdom Comes!" was re-titled "Hand A Face A Feeling" (a phrase from the lyrics). For subsequent reissues the song was remixed, removing all references to Jehovah, and re-re-titled "Kingdom Come". On the 2017 Fire Records reissues (and the 2016 box set Architecture Of Language 1979 - 1982) the song was edited, removing approximately twenty-five seconds of music. The title of the opening track "Have Shoes Will Walk (The Fabulous Sequel)" has also varied from release to release.

Reception and legacyEdit

Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic     [1]
Alternative Press4/5[2]
Christgau's Record GuideA−[3]
Encyclopedia of Popular Music     [4]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide     [6]
Spin Alternative Record Guide6/10[7]

Track listingEdit

All songs written by Pere Ubu (David Thomas, Tom Herman, Tony Maimone, Allen Ravenstine and Scott Krauss).

  1. "Have Shoes Will Walk (The Fabulous Sequel)" – 3:16
  2. "49 Guitars And One Girl" – 2:51
  3. "A Small Dark Cloud" – 5:49
  4. "Small Was Fast" – 3:39
  5. "All the Dogs Are Barking" – 3:03
  6. "One Less Worry" – 3:46
  7. "Make Hay" – 4:03
  8. "Goodbye" – 5:18
  9. "The Voice of the Sand" – 1:28 (lyrics based on a poem by Vachel Lindsay)
  10. "Jehovah's Kingdom Comes!" – 3:17


Pere Ubu
  • Pere Ubu – production
  • Ken Hamann – production, engineering, mixing
  • Paul Hamann – engineering


  1. ^ Dougan, John. "New Picnic Time – Pere Ubu". AllMusic. Retrieved January 20, 2013.
  2. ^ "Pere Ubu: New Picnic Time". Alternative Press (135): 105–06. October 1999.
  3. ^ Christgau, Robert (1981). "Pere Ubu: New Picnic Time". Christgau's Record Guide: Rock Albums of the '70s. Ticknor and Fields. ISBN 0-89919-026-X. Retrieved January 20, 2013.
  4. ^ Larkin, Colin (2011). The Encyclopedia of Popular Music (5th concise ed.). Omnibus Press. ISBN 0-85712-595-8.
  5. ^ Sandlin, Michael. "Pere Ubu: New Picnic Time". Pitchfork. Archived from the original on March 6, 2001. Retrieved February 24, 2019.
  6. ^ Coleman, Mark; Matos, Michaelangelo (2004). "Pere Ubu". In Brackett, Nathan; Hoard, Christian (eds.). The New Rolling Stone Album Guide (4th ed.). Simon & Schuster. pp. 626–27. ISBN 0-7432-0169-8.
  7. ^ Weisbard, Eric; Marks, Craig, eds. (1995). Spin Alternative Record Guide. Vintage Books. ISBN 0-679-75574-8.

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