|Young And Rich|
|Produced by Ken Scott|
|Released on 1976|
|US CHART POSITION #46|
|Find it at GEMM|
[high resolution photo]
T he Tubes, who counted artists in their ranks, wrote songs with stage performance in mind, a point that’s more obvious on Young and Rich. Tracks like “Tubes World Tour” (a humorous take on Grand Funk Railroad’s “We’re An American Band”), “Poland Whole/Madam I’m Adam,” “Don’t Touch Me There” and “Proud To Be An American” were meant to be seen as much as heard. Minus the visual component, the band’s second album feels like an inside joke. The material is actually pretty good, not quite up to the quality of their debut but still clever. However, producer Ken Scott doesn’t elevate the musical discussion the way Al Kooper did; as a result, some of the more ambitious concepts like “Pimp” fall flat. The Tubes also moved away from “punk” music, replacing it instead with send-ups of doo-wop, swing, and disco. The better tracks from Young and Rich -- “Don’t Touch Me There,” “Brighter Day,” “Young and Rich” -- are individually impressive but serve no shared master save sarcasm. It’s still a pretty good record, especially if you’ve developed the built-in patience for diddling around that comes from listening to the like-minded Todd Rundgren or 10cc, and some even prefer it over their debut. Yet nothing on here packs the punch of a “White Punks On Dope” or “Boy Crazy,” and the decision to trade in prescient punk for soon-to-be-outmoded theatrical camp would prove costly. At best, a prickly pear.
|SP-4580 back cover|
RICK ANDERSON --
MICHAEL COTTEN --
PRAIRIE PRINCE --
BILL SPOONER --
ROGER STEEN --
RE STYLES --
FEE WAYBILL --
VINCE WELNICK --
return to THE TUBES discography
|REGION||RELEASE DATE||LABEL||MEDIA||ID NUMBER||FEATURES|
|US/CAN||1976||A&M||LP||SP-4580||tactile cover, lyric sleeve|
|UK/NET||1976||A&M||LP||AMLH 64580||lyric insert|
|UK||November 17, 2003||Acadia||CDX||ACA8065||repackaged w. THE TUBES|
For more discographies visit...
© 2005 Connolly & Company. All rights reserved.