The Art of Walking

The Art of Walking is the fourth full-length album by Pere Ubu.[3] Mayo Thompson of The Red Krayola joined as guitarist for this album and slanted the proceedings further towards deconstruction and abstraction, and away from the primal rock that former guitarist Tom Herman had facilitated.[4] The group would record one more album with Thompson, Song of the Bailing Man, before disbanding.

The Art of Walking
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Studio album by
ReleasedJune 1980
StudioSuma Recording Studio, Painesville, Ohio
LabelRough Trade (original release)
Cooking Vinyl (1999 & 2010 European CD reissues)
Thirsty Ear (1999 US CD reissue)
Get Back (2001 Italian LP reissue)
ProducerKen Hamann and Pere Ubu
Pere Ubu chronology
New Picnic Time
The Art of Walking
390° of Simulated Stereo
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic3/5 stars [1]
Robert ChristgauB+[2]

An error in the first U.S. pressing resulted in a vocal overdub mix being used of "Arabia" - the original UK pressing used the correct instrumental mix. The first Rough Trade CD edition also used the accidental second mix, but the remastering on the Datapanik box set restored the correct version. The individual remastered disc issued subsequently included both (titling the vocal version "Arabian Nights"). Later editions of the album also changed the title of "Miles" to "Young Miles in the Basement." A version of the song "Horses" had originally appeared on Mayo Thompson's solo album Corky's Debt to His Father, in 1970.

Track listingEdit

All songs written by Pere Ubu, except "Horses" (Mayo Thompson)

  1. "Go" – 3:34
  2. "Rhapsody in Pink" – 3:35
  3. "Arabia" – 4:58
  4. "Young Miles in the Basement" – 4:20
  5. "Misery Goats" – 2:37
  6. "Loop" – 3:14
  7. "Rounder" – 3:25
  8. "Birdies" – 2:27
  9. "Lost in Art" – 5:11
  10. "Horses" – 2:34
  11. "Crush This Horn" – 3:00


Pere Ubu


  1. ^ Dougan, John. The Art of Walking at AllMusic
  2. ^ "Robert Christgau: CG: pere ubu".
  3. ^ " :: Pere Ubu".
  4. ^ "MUSIC THAT DOESN'T FIT FOR PEOPLE THAT DON'T FIT - Record Collector Magazine".