The Tubes – White Punks On Dope

San Francisco theatrical rock troupe in cult iconic shock

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Top rock satires are thin on the ground, so Fee Waybill’s inventive mothers seemed ahead of schedule in 1975. The Tubes’ debut and the Young & Rich album don’t sound so ground-breakingly funny now but their musical trickery stands up well.

The gorgeous “Up From The Deep” and the game-show sleaze of “What Do You Want From Life?” are highly hummable, whereas Waybill’s Quay Lewd persona is too rocky horror yuck yuck for most mainstream tastes.

With Al Kooper and Ken Scott helming the sessions and Jack Nitzsche arranging gooey treats like “Proud To Be An American” and “Pimp”, they produced quality disco groove before Urge Overkill.

Great sex, drugs and rock’n’roll artwork, too, if you like girls dressed in rubber and stolen credit cards (see above).


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