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Media Type: CD
Street Release Date: 07/25/2006
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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.
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!
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.
"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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Saw many concerts live in the 70s and 80s but one of the biggest surprises was a friends invite to the Tubes first big tour and their appearance at the Santa Monica Civic... Read morePublished 17 days ago by Amazon Customer
Where to start? These guys rock. OK - that's it for the standard comments. Once upon a time, I worked for RCA Records & Tapes who pressed most of A&M's discs & made their tapes. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Mike Golf
Clasic album, I'd forgotten how great the playing and arrangements are. Witty lyrics, and of course the all time classic White Punks on Dope.Published 11 months ago by Tony Smyth
I bought this recording at first release. It changed my music life. I was (and still am) a Todd Rundgren fan. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Pherd
Oldie but goody! Great to retire the vinyl and now have this C.D. to bring along with me.Published 14 months ago by robert robinson
I love this album. As I have since I first heard it.
Along with "Young and Rich" and "Now" they produced three stupendously varied and skilled pieces of... Read more
This album of the Tubes will continue to rock into the night, tickling our conceptualization of a harder, non forgiving reality out side the existence of the period Top 40.Published 15 months ago by Gabriel E Denison-Chandler