The Tubes have been around for years, and while I'd read about them way back in the seventies, I'll be the first to admit that I'm a Joni-Come-Lately fan. I didn't really get into them until they released "The Completion Backward Principle." It's an eighties classic, and everyone knows "Talk To Ya Later." The followup, "Outside Inside" was also some great stuff, and that was the album that gave us "She's A Beauty." I don't have the stats on that, but I believe that may have been their biggest hit.
If I had to sum up The Tubes in one word, it would be "schizoid." Their seventies concerts are the stuff of legend, with dancers, multiple costume changes, and a production that had to cost a chunk o' change. With the two aforementioned albums, they became a little more pop-oriented and mainstream, but they never lost their freakish edge. (That's a compliment, by the way.) One of the neatest songs on CBP is Bill Spooner's ballad "Don't Want to Wait Anymore," but every song on there is a winner, at least in my book. It's synth-laden, but be sure to pay attention to Prairie Prince's drumming--I think he's one of the best ever, but not all that well-known. He really shines on drum-heavy songs like "Wild Women of Wongo" and "Bora Bora 2000," and there's plenty of drums in "Sports Fans."
Here's a fun live video of "Out of the Business," which has such a great chorus. Imagine being in the audience and screaming along to "I got out of the business...and into...rock and ROLL!" Fee Waybill is nuts, and quite the showman. You can also see Vince Welnick on the keyboards (blond hair and beard). Sadly, Vince is no longer with us.
Speaking of Fee, a few years ago, Shane and I got to see The Tubes at a small local venue. They're still playing, but now it's at little places. That's really better, because we could get out and dance, and of course, the stage and the guys were right there. After the show, the bass player, Rick Anderson, came by our table and took my hand and kissed it. He didn't say anything, just kissed my hand. How cool, and I've never forgotten that. It was a very rock and roll moment. Ha ha! Anyhoo, they were all hanging out after the show, and I was able to get Fee to sign two of my CD's. Awesome!
While I'm putting up pictures, here's one of me and Shane at the show. It was such a fun time, and I still remember it fondly.
What a unique experience to see a legendary band in such an intimate venue. It was a small but enthusiastic crowd, and I still remember the one guy yelling "Toooooooobes!" all night long. That was okay, we were all fans and we all had a fabulous time!