Progrography

The Tubes
Since the difference that separates The Tubes and Utopia is slight, I don't have any trouble tossing The Tubes into a discussion of progressive rock (recognizing that the centrifugal force of certain loyalties will eventually push them to the periphery). The band's debut was over-the-top theatre rock ("White Punks On Dope," "Mondo Bondage"), and remains for many their best album. The second was funny but less musically astute ("Don't Touch Me There," "Slipped My Disco"). On the concept album Remote Control, produced by Todd Rundgren, the fortunes of Utopia and The Tubes intersected; in a sense, this is the great lost Utopia album. In the 1980's, The Tubes retracted their claws and began making more commercial music, including some of their most memorable hits: "Talk To You Later," "Don't Want To Wait Anymore," "She's A Beauty." They resurfaced in the mid 90s with the intelligent but largely ignored Genius of America, and mounted the Tubes World Tour (the name taken from a song on their second album) at the dawn of the new millenium.

Date ALBUMS / Singles
1975 THE TUBES
1975 White Punks On Dope
1975 What Do You Want From Life
1976 YOUNG AND RICH
1976 June Don't Touch Me There
1977 NOW
1978 March WHAT DO YOU WANT FROM LIVE
1978 Show Me A Reason (live)
1978 I Saw Her Standing There (live)
1979 April Prime Time
1979 June REMOTE CONTROL
1979 Telecide
1981 THE COMPLETION BACKWARD PRINCIPLE
1981 June Don't Want To Wait Anymore
1981 Sushi Girl
1981 T.R.A.S.H. (TUBES RARITIES AND SMASH HITS)
1983 OUTSIDE INSIDE
1983 March She's A Beauty
1983 The Monkey Time
1983 July Tip of My Tongue
1985 LOVE BOMB
1985 February Piece By Piece
1991 THE BEST OF THE TUBES 1981-1987
1992 November 9 THE BEST OF THE TUBES
1995 November 1 ATTACK OF THE TUBES
1996 GOIN' DOWN
1996 October 15 GENIUS OF AMERICA
1997 How Can You Live With Yourself
2000 March 21 DAWN OF THE TUBES
2000 March 28 THE TUBES INFOMERCIAL: HOW TO BECOME TUBULAR
2000 August 7 WHITE PUNKS ON DOPE
2000 October 10 TWT 2001
2000 Loveline
2000 October 17 THE BEST OF THE TUBES - THE MILLENIUM COLLECTION
2001 March 6 PREMIUM GOLD COLLECTION
2001 March 29 EXTENDED VERSIONS: THE ENCORE COLLECTION
2002 January 15 MASTERS OF ROCK
2002 May 22 HOODS FROM OUTER SPACE
2004 March 9 THEN AND NOW
2005 February 21 THE BEST OF THE EMI YEARS
2005 June 20 WILD IN LONDON
2009 November 10 MONDO BIRTHMARK

SEE ALSO...
FEE WAYBILL discography

 

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