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The Tubes

The Tubes in Oslo, Norway in 1977
Photo: Helge Øverås
Background information
Origin San Francisco, California
Genre(s) Rock, Hard rock
Years active 1973 - 1986, 1996 - present
Label(s) A&M, Capitol
Website Official website
Members
Fee Waybill
Roger Steen
David Medd
Rick Anderson
Prairie Prince
Former members
Bill "Sputnik" Spooner
Gary Cambra
Re Styles
Mingo Lewis
Vince Welnick
Michael Cotten

The Tubes is a San Francisco-based theatre rock band, which was popular in the late 1970s and early 1980s, and was known for its live performances that combined lewd quasi-pornography and wild satires of media, consumerism and politics. This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Senator Ted Stevens of Alaska, who referred to the Internet as a series of tubes. ... This article is about the capital of Norway. ... San Francisco redirects here. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... This article is about the genre. ... Hard Rock redirects here. ... In the music industry, a record label can be a brand and a trademark associated with the marketing of music recordings and music videos. ... A&M redirects here. ... Capitol Records is a major United States-based record label owned by EMI and located in Hollywood, California. ... John Waldo Waybill (born 17 September 1950), known as Fee Waybill, is the lead singer and songwriter of the band The Tubes. ... Prairie Prince Prairie Prince (born Charles LEmpereur Prince, May 7, 1950, Charlotte, North Carolina) is a rocknroll drummer. ... William Sputnik Spooner (born May 16, 1949) is a musician/guitarist and one of the members of The Tubes, a punk-rock band. ... Vince Welnick (February 21, 1951 – June 2, 2006) was an American keyboardist, best known for playing for the Grateful Dead from 1990 until their end in 1995. ... San Francisco redirects here. ... In music, a band is a group of musicians, or musical ensemble, usually popular or folk, playing parts of a musical arrangement. ... Porn redirects here. ... 1867 edition of Punch, a ground-breaking British magazine of popular humour, including a good deal of satire of the contemporary social and political scene. ... Consumerist redirects here. ... For other uses, see Politics (disambiguation). ...

Contents

History of the band

The Tubes is a collection of high school friends from Phoenix, Arizona. The Beans and The Red, White and Blues Band eventually merged after relocating to San Francisco in 1969. The core band membership remained largely intact for more than a decade: Fee Waybill (real name John Waldo Waybill) (vocals), Bill "Sputnik" Spooner (guitar, vocals), Roger Steen (guitar), Prairie Prince (real name Charles L. Prince) (drums), Michael Cotten (synthesizer), Vince Welnick (piano), and Rick Anderson (bass). Singer Re Styles (born Shirley Marie MacLeod) (vocals) and ex-Santana percussionist Mingo Lewis were also fixtures for much of the band's early history.[1] For other uses, see High school (disambiguation). ... Nickname: Location in Maricopa County and the state of Arizona Coordinates: , Country State County Maricopa Incorporated February 25, 1881 Government  - Type Council-Manager  - Mayor Phil Gordon (D) Area  - City  515. ... John Waldo Waybill (born 17 September 1950), known as Fee Waybill, is the lead singer and songwriter of the band The Tubes. ... William Sputnik Spooner (born May 16, 1949) is a musician/guitarist and one of the members of The Tubes, a punk-rock band. ... Prairie Prince Prairie Prince (born Charles LEmpereur Prince, May 7, 1950, Charlotte, North Carolina) is a rocknroll drummer. ... Vince Welnick (February 21, 1951 – June 2, 2006) was an American keyboardist, best known for playing for the Grateful Dead from 1990 until their end in 1995. ... For the Costa Rican soccer player, see Carlos Santana (footballer); for the Mexican academic, see Carlos Santana Morales. ...


Showbiz excess was a common theme of the band's early work, with Waybill sometimes assuming the on-stage persona of Quay Lewd (a pun on Quaalude), a drunk, drugged-out, barely coherent lead singer, decked out with flashing glasses and impossibly tall platform shoes. "White Punks on Dope", from their debut album, was an absurd anthem of wretched excess, and a tribute to their rich, white teenage fan base in San Francisco. The tune was covered (with different, non-translated German lyrics) by Nina Hagen as "TV Glotzer" ("Couch Potato"), the opening track of her band's first album. Show business is a vernacular term for the business of entertainment. ... The term Quaalude is defined by the Oxford English Dictionary as: A proprietary name for methaqualone; also, a tablet of this. More recently, however, the word has come to mean: a gently soothing interlude, possibly with mildly narcotic effects. ... A separate article is about the punk band called The Adolescents. ... Fans of Janet Jackson, at Much Music in Toronto The word fan refers to someone who has an intense, occasionally overwhelming liking of a person, group of persons, work of art, idea, or trend. ... Nina Hagen (born Catharina Hagen on March 11, 1955) is a singer from Berlin, Germany. ... For other uses, see Couch potato (disambiguation). ...


The Tubes first album was produced by Al Kooper. The second album, for A&M Records, was produced by Ken Scott and called Young and Rich. It features the hit "Don't Touch Me There" (arranged by Jack Nitzsche). The Tubes third album gave way to thematic experimentation with Now and after the classic live record What Do You Want from Live, (recorded during their record breaking run at the Hammersmith Odeon) their fourth for A&M Remote Control was a concept album produced by Todd Rundgren about a television-addicted idiot savant. The cover of Remote Control is also a classic, showing a baby watching Hollywood Squares in a specially made "Vidi-Trainer". An album (from Latin albus white, blank, relating to a blank book in which something can be inserted) is a packaged collection of related things. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... A&M redirects here. ... Ken Scott (born April 20, 1947 in London) is an influential English record producer and engineer. ... Bernard Alfred (Jack) Nitzsche (Chicago, April 22, 1937 – Hollywood, August 25, 2000) was an integral presence in the history of popular music in the 20th century. ... NOW is the third album released by The Tubes. ... The Apollo, Hammersmith, London has been a rock venue for decades, and was originally known as the Hammersmith Odeon. ... Remote Control is the fifth album released by The Tubes. ... In popular music, a concept album is an album which is unified by a theme, which can be instrumental, compositional, narrative, or lyrical (Shuker 2002, p. ... Todd Harry Rundgren (born June 22, 1948 in Upper Darby, Pennsylvania, United States), is an American musician, singer, songwriter and record producer. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ...


One critic noted that with their media savvy and theatrical skills, The Tubes were born to create rock video, but arrived several years too early.[2] Instead, they put their creativity and art skills into their live performances, in which songs could be full-fledged production numbers, from a beach movie parody for "Sushi Girl", to leather-clad S&M hijinks in "Mondo Bondage", to the game show antics of "What Do You Want From Life?" At their peak, their act featured dozens of other performers, including tap dancers and acrobats. The Tubes stage productions were choreographed by Kenny Ortega and featured cast members Jane Dornacker, LeRoy Jones, Michael Holman, Michael Springer, Edwin Heaven, Cindi Osborn, Heline Gouax and Mary Niland from 1975-1977. From 1978-1979 the cast included Sharon Collins, Caty Bevan and Loryanna Catalano. The Completion Backward Tour featured Shelly Pang, Cheryl Hangland, and Cynthia Rhodes. From 1983-85 Michelle Gray ( who later married Todd Rundgren ) and Cheryl Hangland were principal dancers. Several crew members—including Lee Collins, Steve "Chopper" Borges, and Gail Lowe—made frequent appearances on stage in various roles as well. In contemporary usage, a parody (or lampoon) is a work that imitates another work in order to ridicule, ironically comment on, or poke some affectionate fun at the work itself, the subject of the work, the author or fictional voice of the parody, or another subject. ... Flogging demonstration at Folsom Street Fair 2004. ... Quiz show redirects here. ... Tap dance was born in the United States during the 19th century, and today is popular all around the world. ... High wire act Acrobatics (from Greek Akros, high and bat, walking) is one of the performing arts, and is also practiced as a sport. ... Kenny Ortega (b. ... Jane Dornacker (October 1, 1947 - October 22, 1986) was an American rock musician, actress, and comedian turned traffic reporter for WNBC 66 AM (which became WFAN 66 in 1987 ). She was married to Bob Knickerbocker. ... Cynthia Rhodes (born November 21, 1956 in Nashville, Tennessee [1]) is an American actress, singer and dancer. ...


The Tubes live shows in the late '70s and early '80s were rife with allusions to mainstream film (Dr. Strangelove, Rollerball, Saturday Night Fever, Grease), then-forgotten B-movies (Wild Women of Wongo, Attack of the 50 Foot Woman), music (Tom Jones, punk rock, a medley of Nelson Riddle television themes), contemporary pop culture (Patty Hearst, the Viking program), television (Let's Make a Deal, Fernwood 2Nite, the anime Raideen), and literature (Nelson Algren's A Walk on the Wild Side), presaging the subcultural reverence and over-the-top theatricality of later groups like The World Inferno Friendship Appreciation Society. Strangelove redirects here. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Saturday Night Fever is a 1977 movie starring John Travolta as Tony Manero, a troubled Brooklyn youth whose weekend activities are dominated by visits to a Brooklyn discotheque. ... For the original stage musical of the same name, see Grease (musical). ... DVD cover of the Wild Women of Wongo. ... Attack of the 50 Foot Woman is a 1958 science fiction film produced by Bernard Woolner for Allied Artists Pictures. ... For other uses, see Tom Jones (disambiguation). ... Punk rock is an anti-establishment music movement beginning around 1976 (although precursors can be found several years earlier), exemplified and popularised by The Ramones, the Sex Pistols, The Clash and The Damned. ... Nelson Smock Riddle, Jr. ... Patricia Campbell Hearst (born February 20, 1954), now known as Patricia Hearst Shaw, is an American newspaper heiress and occasional actress. ... Lets Make a Deal is a television game show which aired in various encarnations in the United States. ... Fernwood 2Nite (or Fernwood 2Night) was a comedic television program created by Norman Lear as a spin-off from Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman. ... Brave Raideen (勇者ライディーン - Yûsha Raidîn) is a super robot anime series. ... Nelson Algren (March 28, 1909 - May 9, 1981) was a famous American writer. ...


These shows were expensive to produce, however, and while they earned the band a reputation for being one of the most entertaining live acts of all time, by the early 1980s they found themselves short of money. Their proposed fifth album, the self-produced Suffer for Sound, was rejected by A&M Records, who dumped the band instead, finishing out its contract with the oddities collection T.R.A.S.H. (Tubes Rarities and Smash Hits).[3] A&M redirects here. ...


The band then signed to Capitol Records, scaling back the live shows and repositioning itself as a strait-laced rock band, teaming with producer David Foster. The Completion Backward Principle, another concept album, featuring the classic rock staple "Talk to Ya Later", positioned itself as a motivational business document, complete with shocking pictures of the band members cleaned up and wearing suits. Outside Inside followed a few years later, and produced a few hits, including the number 10 (USA) hit "She's a Beauty". The band also had their first Top-40 hit in the United States in 1981 with a serious ballad, "Don't Want to Wait Anymore" (recorded almost entirely by Spooner, without Waybill's participation). Capitol Records is a major United States-based record label owned by EMI and located in Hollywood, California. ... For other persons named David Foster, see David Foster (disambiguation). ... The Completion Backward Principle (1981) is the first album by The Tubes, a New York-based rock group, on Capitol Records. ... For the magazine, see Classic Rock (magazine). ...


The band teamed up with Rundgren once again for 1985's Love Bomb, a flop that led Capitol to drop the band just as it was going on tour in support of the album—a tour that would leave the band a half million dollars in debt, forcing them to play low-budget gigs for a year to pay off their debts.[4] Waybill released an unsuccessful solo album (Read My Lips, on Capitol Records) earlier in the year, and soon left the band ("Fee broke up", one band member said). An abortive attempt with a new lead singer led to a few appearances before the band split up. During this time, Waybill also enjoyed a fruitful writing partnership with Capitol Records label-mate, Richard Marx, the most popular and well known song possibly being "Edge of a Broken Heart" by the female band Vixen. Love Bomb is a Todd Rundgren-produced 1985 release on Capitol Records. ... Richard Noel Marx (born September 16, 1963 in Winnetka, Illinois) is an adult contemporary and pop/rock singer, songwriter and record producer. ...


In 1988, The Tubes continued on with long-time friend from Phoenix, AZ, David Killingsworth on lead vocals, and minus Welnick (who would later join the Grateful Dead), Cotten, and Spooner. With the addition of Gary Cambra on keyboards and guitar, Waybill would eventually return in 1993 for a European tour and launching of the compilation CD for Capitol and 1996's Genius of America. In 2001, the band released a live CD, The Tubes World Tour 2001, and continued to tour. This article is about the band. ... The Tubes returned to the studio in 1996 for this release. ...


Welnick, who long suffered from depression, committed suicide on June 2, 2006. is the 153rd day of the year (154th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


On September 23, 2007, the remaining members of the Tubes reunited in Phoenix for their induction into the Arizona Music & Entertainment Hall of Fame. is the 266th day of the year (267th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) was a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar in the 21st century. ...


Career Highlights

1972: Tubes appear in Mitchell brothers film Resurrection of Eve as Jesus Bongo and the Millionaires The Mitchell brothers (James Jim Lloyd Mitchell, November 30, 1943–July 12, 2007 and Artie Jay Mitchell, December 17, 1945–February 27, 1991) were pioneers in the pornography and striptease club business in San Francisco and other parts of California from 1969 until 1991, when Jim was convicted of killing...


1973: Opened for the New York Dolls at the Matrix, Iggy Pop at Bimbos, and Led Zeppelin at Kezar Stadium in San Francisco For the self-titled debut album, visit New York Dolls (album) The New York Dolls are a rock band formed in New York City in 1971. ... James Newell Osterberg, Jr. ... For the bands 1969 eponymous debut album, see Led Zeppelin (album). ... Kezar Stadium is a stadium located in the southeastern corner of Golden Gate Park in San Francisco, California. ...


1974: Tubes shoot "video demo" at California Hall which lands a record deal at A&M Records, Cotten/Prince paint "Flying Record" mural on A&M sound stage For other uses, see Video (disambiguation). ... A&M redirects here. ...


1975: Tubes play 2 weeks at David Allen's Boarding House in San Francisco, several sell-out dates at The Roxy in Los Angeles and The Bottom Line in New York. Dec, 31- Headline and sell out Bill Graham's Winterland Ballroom The Roxy Theatre (often just The Roxy) is a famous nightclub on the Sunset Strip in West Hollywood, California. ... For articles with similar names, see Bottom line (disambiguation). ... The Winterland Ballroom, often simply referred to as Winterland, was an old ice skating rink and 5,400 seat music venue in San Francisco, California. ...


1976: Held residency at Bimbos in San Francisco for one month, Prairie Prince dubbed "The One, The Only" by columnist Herb Caen. Tubes hold "Talent Hunt" at the Boarding House hosted by Martin Mull; Robin Williams is contestant but loses Herbert Eugene Caen (April 3, 1916 – February 1, 1997) was a Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist working in San Francisco. ... Martin Mull (born August 18, 1943) is an American actor who has starred in his own TV sitcom and acted in prominent films. ... This article is about the American actor and comedian; for other people named Robin Williams, see Robin Williams (disambiguation). ...


1977: Held residency at The Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco for one month, The Whisky a-Go-Go in Los Angeles for two shows a night for one month, and Hammersmith Odeon in London for a week // The Palace of Fine Arts: 2004 For the opera house in Mexico City, see Palacio de Bellas Artes The Palace of Fine Arts in the Marina District of San Francisco, California is a building originally constructed for the 1915 Panama-Pacific Exposition. ... The Apollo, Hammersmith, London has been a rock venue for decades, and was originally known as the Hammersmith Odeon. ...


1978: Headlined the Knebworth Festival with Frank Zappa and Peter Gabriel Knebworth is a village in the north of Hertfordshire, England. ... Frank Vincent Zappa[1] (December 21, 1940 – December 4, 1993) was an American composer, musician, and film director. ... Peter Brian Gabriel (born 13 February 1950, in Cobham,[1] Surrey, England) is an English musician. ...


1979: Tubes play Japan; Cotten/Welnick/Prince/Styles appear on Japanese soap opera. Tubes appear in Andy Warhol's Interview magazine Andrew Warhola (August 6, 1928 — February 22, 1987), better known as Andy Warhol, was an American artist who was a central figure in the movement known as Pop art. ... Interview is a magazine founded by artist Andy Warhol and Gerard Malanga in 1969. ...


1980: Appear in the film Xanadu Xanadu is a 1980 musical/romance film directed by Robert Greenwald. ...


1981: Record Grammy nominated "The Tubes Video" at Shepperton Studios, one of the first long form video discs Grammy Award statuette The Grammy Awards, presented by the Recording Academy (an association of Americans professionally involved in the recorded music industry) for outstanding achievements in the recording industry, is one of four major music awards shows held annually in the United States (the Billboard Music Awards, the American Music... Shepperton Studios, located in Shepperton, Middlesex, England is a film studio with a long history of film making. ... Videodisc (or video disc) is a general term for a laser- or stylus-readable random-access circular disc that contains both audio and video signals recorded in an analog form. ...


1981: Sang "Talk to Ya Later" and "Sushi Girl" on the television sketch comedy program SCTV SCTV can refer to a number of things, including the following: SCTV (Indonesia) from Surya Citra Television, headquartered in Indonesia. ...


1982: Appeared in a commercial for Activision's video game Megamania Megamania is an Atari 2600 game designed by Steve Cartwright and published by Activision in 1982. ...


1983: Opened several dates for David Bowie on the Serious Moonlight tour and on this tour, among other highlights, they were the first artists to ever play the newly opened Tacoma Dome in Tacoma, WA. At the end of the Bowie tour, they played a few shows featuring their classic no-holds-barred theatrics in Portland, Oregon, and other west-coast cities David Bowie (pronounced ) (born David Robert Jones on 8 January 1947) is an English musician, actor, producer, arranger, and audio engineer. ... Serious Moonlight is the title of a David Bowie concert video; originally filmed on the singers 1983 Serious Moonlight tour in Vancouver (over 2 nights), it was released on video in 1984 and on DVD in 2006. ...


1985: Tour with Todd Rundgren's Utopia, play Radio City Music Hall Todd Harry Rundgren (born June 22, 1948 in Upper Darby, Pennsylvania, United States), is an American musician, singer, songwriter and record producer. ... Radio City Music Hall at Christmas 2005 Radio City Music Hall is an entertainment venue located in New York Citys Rockefeller Center. ...


Discography

Albums

The Tubes is the debut album of The Tubes. ... Released in 1976, Young and Rich was the second album released by The Tubes. ... CD Cover NOW is the third album released by The Tubes. ... What Do You Want From Live is the fourth album released by The Tubes. ... Remote Control is the fifth album released by The Tubes. ... The Completion Backward Principle (1981) is the first album by The Tubes, a New York-based rock group, on Capitol Records. ... Love Bomb is a Todd Rundgren-produced 1985 release on Capitol Records. ... The Tubes returned to the studio in 1996 for this release. ...

Singles

Year Song US Hot 100 US M.S.R. UK singles Album
1976 "Don't Touch Me There" 61 - - Young and Rich
1977 "White Punks on Dope" - - 28 The Tubes
1979 "Prime Time" - - 34 Remote Control
1981 "Don't Want To Wait Anymore" 35 22 60 The Completion Backward Principle
1981 "Talk to Ya Later" - 7 -
1983 "She's a Beauty" 10 1 79 Outside Inside
1983 "Tip of My Tongue" 52 - -
1983 "The Monkey Time" 68 16 -
1985 "Piece by Piece" 87 25 - Love Bomb

“Hot 100” redirects here. ... The Mainstream Rock Tracks chart is a ranking in Billboard magazine of the most-played songs on mainstream rock radio stations, a category that includes stations that play primarily rock music but are not modern rock (that is, alternative) stations, which are counted in the Modern Rock Tracks chart. ... “British Hit Singles” redirects here. ... See also: 1970s in music. ... See also: 1970s in music. ... See also: Musical groups established in 1979 Record labels established in 1979 1979 in music (UK) // Stevie Wonder uses digital audio recording technology in recording his album Journey through the Secret Life of Plants. ... See also: Musical groups established in 1981 Record labels established in 1981 list of years in music // January 10 - Revival of the Gilbert and Sullivan operetta The Pirates of Penzance opens at Broadways Uris Theatre, starring Linda Ronstadt and Rex Smith February 14 - Billy Idol leaves the band Generation... See also: Musical groups established in 1981 Record labels established in 1981 list of years in music // January 10 - Revival of the Gilbert and Sullivan operetta The Pirates of Penzance opens at Broadways Uris Theatre, starring Linda Ronstadt and Rex Smith February 14 - Billy Idol leaves the band Generation... See also: 1983 in music (UK) Musical groups established in 1983 Record labels established in 1983 // Michael Jacksons Thriller, the most successful album not only of 1983, but of all time, was released in 1982 and began its epic domination of the music charts the following year, 1983. ... See also: 1983 in music (UK) Musical groups established in 1983 Record labels established in 1983 // Michael Jacksons Thriller, the most successful album not only of 1983, but of all time, was released in 1982 and began its epic domination of the music charts the following year, 1983. ... See also: 1983 in music (UK) Musical groups established in 1983 Record labels established in 1983 // Michael Jacksons Thriller, the most successful album not only of 1983, but of all time, was released in 1982 and began its epic domination of the music charts the following year, 1983. ... See also: other events of 1985 Musical groups established in 1985 Record labels established in 1985 list of years in music 1980s in music // January 28 - Various artists, including Ray Charles, Bob Dylan, Michael Jackson, Billy Joel, Cyndi Lauper, Steve Perry, Kenny Loggins, Willie Nelson, Lionel Richie, Smokey Robinson, Kenny...

References

  1. ^ Cult Rockers, Wayne Jancik and Tad Lathrop
  2. ^ MTV Who's Who in Rock Video, Maxim Jakubowski and John Tobler
  3. ^ Kimberlye Gold interview with Fee Waybill, "He'll Talk to Ya Now!", accessed 15 March 2007
  4. ^ Kimberlye Gold interview, op cit

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