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Album Review

Produced by Al Kooper, this debut by the notorious San Francisco group is best known for the blazing anthem "White Punks on Dope." Although the Tubes' raison d'être was their shock-rock stage dynamic, Bill Spooner, Fee Waybill, and company could, on occasion, deliver some offbeat pop splendor. A good example is the song "Haloes," co-written with Kooper, a tough power pop jewel that sounds like Todd Rundgren colliding with Roxy Music. Also of note is "Boy Crazy," which shows off Spooner's guitar skills. But for every "Haloes" and "Boy Crazy," there's a novelty number consciously created for the stage and that ultimately embarrasses, such as "Mondo Bondage" and "Space Baby." Kooper's production is faultless, however, as are the horn and string arrangements by Dominic Frontiere (Frontiere did the original score for the '60s cult sci-fi show The Outer Limits).

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The Tubes on top of their game.

This is a great album by a great band that was way ahead of their time. They wrote and played their butts off and were collectively one of the most multi-talented acts around. This is them at the top of their game. They could be out there, but they played so well that they'd take you with 'em - and gladly.

What Do You Want From Rock

Any fan of progressive rock will need to have some Tubes in their collection. My CD was stolen and I came to I-tunes to replace it because it is a must have. With each listen the music grows on you. The humor, irreverance, musicianship and in-your-face-rock on this album are second to none.

High and Low Points

Can't say enough of this band, one of my all time fav's, Haloes, What Do You Want.., Boy Crazy and White Punks... rule.

Biography

Formed: 1972 in San Francisco, CA

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s

The Tubes were arch satirists of popular culture whose outrageous performance art concepts — which swung wildly from softcore pornography to suit-and-tie conservatism — frequently eclipsed their elusive musical identity. The beginnings of the group originated in Phoenix, Arizona in the late '60s, where guitarist Bill Spooner, keyboardist Vince Welnick, and bassist Rick Anderson formed as the Beans (alternately billing themselves as the Radar Men from Uranus). After moving to San Francisco...
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