David Thomas made Hearpen Records in 1975 to put out Pere Ubu records. The name derives from an anglo-saxon word for harp. The "p" is a transliteration of the Anglo-Saxon thorn, a character that was pronounced th. HEARTHAN (pronounced hay-are-than, rhymes with van) gradually gave way to HEARPEN (pronounced hay-are-pen) as the label's name. The logo got designed on a day it was HEARTHAN. A rule evolved that written the name is "Hearpen" while integrated into a design it becomes "Hearthan." Hearpen is the favored pronunciation in all cases. Confusion was the foundation on which our business grew.
On December 11 2007 hearpen.com went online. It is a web site dedicated to sales of high quality audio downloads from Pere Ubu, David Thomas, Rocket From The Tombs, 15-60-75 and related bands. There are too many releases to list here. [NB. The site has been closed. ] Only hard goods releases are listed below.
HR 105 Shirley b/w She Smiled Wild, Mirrors, 1977.
Side 1, written by Crook-Klimek, recorded at Owl Studio, June 1975 by Jaime Klimek, Paul Marotta, Jim Crook, Michael Weldon and Jim Jones. Side 2, written by Klimek, recorded in the basement, August 1975 by Klimek, Crook, Weldon and Jones. Songs copyrighted Mirror Music. Sleeve photos by Joyce Faust and Jill Marotta. Sleeve design by Michael Weldon.
HR 106 Jeffrey I Hear U (5:44) b/w The Elephant Man (5:58), The Girls, 1979
Produced by David Thomas. Recorded at Suma, February 10 1979. Engineered by Ken and Paul Hamann. Songs written by Dagley-Hild-Amos-Condo and copyright Holy Shroud. Sleeve design by Jim Harkey, Mark Dagley and Daved Hild. Pressed at 33 1/3 rpm.
HR 107 You're Gonna Miss Me b/w Hand Piece, Pressler-Morgan, 1979.
HR 108 Here In The Life (3:36) b/w (It's In) Imagination (4:41, 15-60-75, 1979.
HR 109 Allocated to the T/K box set reissue of the Pere Ubu 45s.