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  • Audio CD (October 25, 1990)
  • Original Release Date: January 1, 1988
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: A&M Super Budget
  • ASIN: B000002GAE
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #22,934 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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I really can't think of another way to describe it.
B. E Jackson
Had this band been signed by a label that understood rock and roll, the Tubes probably would have hit it big much earlier than they did.
Phil (San Diego)
This album represents what they did when they were at their best.
Paul Killam

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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By K. Brown on July 13, 2004
Format: Audio CD
This is one of those rare audio gems by a group that was way ahead of their time. First released in the 1975, the songs "What Do You Want From Life?" and "White Punks On Dope" steal the show, and best personify the early Tubes. These funny & sardonic rants against materialism work beautifully. The Tubes consistently nailed these themes in true funky-artsy form. Groups like Talking Heads got lots of nods for their satirical odes in the the 1980s, but The Tubes nailed it earlier, and in my opinion, much better!
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Bad Bart on August 28, 2003
Format: Audio CD
My first exposure to The Tubes was the video stuff from "Completion Backwards Principle" that was rotated on MTV in the first few weeks of it's existence. Then, a friend turned me onto "What Do You Want From Life," the second track on what was then the second side of this record. (Of course, the art of sides is lost on a CD.) My life was changed forever.
I was blown away at the talent and diversity of this band. Progressive Rock ("Up From the Deep"), San Francisco Swing ("Haloes"), Mariacci ("Maleguena Salerosa"), Las Vegas Show (What Do You Want From Life?"), and then sounds that only The Tubes could make in songs like "Mondo Bondage," and "Boy Crazy."
The writing is complicated, tight, lyrically brilliant... I can't say enough about them, musically. Unfortunately, the bands on-stage antics always got more attention than their music, which is a real tragedy.
Prairie Prince is one of the greatest drummers alive, (Don't miss his playing in "Up From the Deep" and "What Do You Want From Life") and the playing of Roger Steen (lead guitar) and Vince Welnick (piano and keys) is unparalleled in almost any rock act- they are true masters of their instruments. Fee Waybill (lead vocals) and Bill Spooner (guitar, lead vocals) bring a vocal sound to the band that is raw and soulful. The band is rounded out by way-better-than-average bassist Rick Anderson and Synth player, Michael Cotten.
The first two records, this one and "Young and Rich," I think are must-haves in any serious collection.
Great stuff. The Tubes self-titled debut is definitely in my top 10 records, ever.
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 15, 2000
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This is still their best work, with "The Young And The Rich" following in at a close second. The Tubes have always provided gifted, biting social satire in many of their songs but never as consistently (song-for-song) as they did in their debut album (ugh.... that word gives away my age!). The biggest reason for this I think is that as the years went by, the group was more interested in commercial success (by their own admission). That usually leads to small compromises that, over time, eroded whatever edge they had at the beginning.
"Songs like What Do You Want From Life?" and "White Punks On Dope" just DO NOT get any better. The former attacked in part the shallow, self gratifying attitude of the 70's while White Punks took dead aim at the excessive behavior of the angry young men and women of that decade. In fact, I smiled at the review just prior to mine because the attitude expressed through it was exactly the target at which the band was aiming with White Punks. These songs are still relevant over 20 years later and it's amazing to me that they are not included on some of the compilation "Best Of" cd's of The Tubes.
Plus, these guys knew how to ROCK. They were skilled musicians and they wrote catchy tunes that at the same time poked fun at some of the musical styles of the day. Listen closely to "Up From The Deep" and "Mondo Bondage". You will hear playful jabs at groups like Chicago, ELO, and Led Zepplin.
Terrific fun!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Paul Killam on October 17, 2000
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For one moment, they were it. The greatest. This album represents what they did when they were at their best. If they had MTV in 1977, they might have been unstoppable. The songs are funny, biting, and they rock - and with the stage show they put on... maybe U2's Zoo TV extravaganza could compare, but I wouldn't.
5 stars? Maybe it's because of what the album was to me when it was on vinyl (I wore out 2 copies - esp. side 2).
I still believe that Prarie Prince is the best drummer I ever heard. Buy it just for the drumming! You'll come back for the satire!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Tim Brough TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on February 23, 2003
Format: Audio CD
Back in 1975, The Tubes had the most outrageous stage show this side of Alice Cooper. It was this reputation they'd gained for outrage and shock that made we want to buy this album back in the early seventies. It was worth every penny. I resist the five star rating because, quite frankly, it is the second half of the old LP that I wore out over and over again, and the artsy stuff on side one wore out its welcome quickly. But oh, what decadent glory these Tubes laid into their debut! It was as if Frank Zappa had become a chainsaw wielding dildo flaunting disaster of a rock extravaganza and took that show on the road.
The album's highlights were also the highlights of The Tubes' concerts from then till now, with the kinky sex anthem "Mondo Bondage" leading the way. Powered by a hard rock riff and nose-diving synths, this was what The Tubes were all about. It crashes into "What Do You Want From Life," a scathing rip of middle class Southern California complacency worthy of Zappa and The Mothers, the moralist rant of "Boy Crazy," and finally the anthem that brought them their first real taste of fame, "White Punks On Dope." If their satiric bent wasn't so obvious and their stage show so vaudeville, The Tubes might have been shoved into the oncoming punk movement. But since their music fell somewhere between Steely Dan and the aforementioned Mothers Of Invention, "The Tubes" remains a half an album's worth of music that was far enough ahead of its time to still stand above much of the "shock" genre almost 30 years later.
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