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Album Review

The Completion Backward Principle was the first release on EMI/Capitol by San Francisco-based the Tubes. It found the outrageous septet working with producer David Foster, who gives the record a high-gloss sheen. It's a pairing that, while possibly surprising to fans of the band's earlier releases, actually works quite nicely. The ballads (the Top 40 hit "Don't Want to Wait Anymore" and the Toto-esque "Amnesia") don't suit the band, but most everything else does. There's a pair of catchy new wavish rockers in "Talk to Ya Later" and "Think About Me," the wacky "Sushi Girl," and the R&B-flavored "A Matter of Pride." The Completion Backward Principle rightfully earned the Tubes new fans and set the table for their commercial breakthrough, Outside/Inside, two years later.

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One of my top ten rock albums, start to finish. The flow, creativity and musicianship is flawless.

Best of the 80's

If you love 80's music this is a must have. Brings back some great memories.

Under Attack

I'm sure most people know the two video singles Talk To Ya Later and Don't Want To Wait Anymore.......But without a doubt the best song is Attack Of The Fifty Foot Woman... With the classic line "All She Did To Get Her Kicks, Was Step On All The Men" For $5.99 Worth Every Penny!!!!


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 in 1972,...
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