David Thomas (musician)


David Thomas (musician) : biography

June 14, 1953 –
Somewhere along the line I wrote a song that had birds in it. And then by pure coincidence, another. Some critic asked, "Why all these songs about birds?" And I said to myself, "You think that’s a lot of songs about birds?!? I’ll show you a lot of songs about birds!" So, for a while, I stuck birds in everywhere I could.

Eventually, several former members of Pere Ubu gravitated into Thomas’s group, and by the time of 1987’s Blame the Messenger, were sporting a sound distinctly similar to the former band. This fact along with other considerations led directly into the official reformation of Pere Ubu in 1987, and the group has remained active through the present day.



With Pere Ubu

  • See Pere Ubu Discography

David Thomas & the Pedestrians:

  • The Sound of the Sand & Other Songs of the Pedestrian (1981)
  • Variations on a Theme (1983)
  • More Places Forever (1985)

David Thomas & His Legs:

  • Winter Comes Home (1982) (live -disavowed by Thomas in Monster liner notes)

David Thomas & the Wooden Birds:

  • Monster Walks the Winter Lake (1986)
  • Blame the Messenger (1987)

David Thomas & Foreigners:

  • Bay City (2000)

David Thomas & Two Pale Boys:

  • Erewhon (1996)
  • Meadville (1997)
  • Mirror Man (1999) (as part of The Pale Orchestra)
  • Surf’s Up!! (2001)
  • 18 Monkeys on a Dead Man’s Chest (2004)


  • Vocal Performances (1981)


  • Monster (1997)


  • "Dan Dan" & "Drunken Sailor" on Hal Willner’s Rogue’s Gallery: Pirate Ballads, Sea Songs, and Chanteys
  • "The Pigeons, Mr. McKenzie" on The Hat Shoes’ Differently Desperate (LP/CD 1992)