Pere Ubu is a self described "avant-garage" new wave band formed in Cleveland, Ohio in 1975 by David Thomas, Peter Laughner, Tom Herman, Tim Wright, Scott Krauss, and Allen Ravenstein. The group's name comes from a character in Ubu Roi, Père Ubu (French for "father Ubu"). The group has this to say of selecting a band name:
(1) It shouldn't mean anything but it should seem to mean something, i.e. bestow Mystery; (2) It needs to look good and sound good; and (3) It should have three syllables.