ST-12260 Outside Inside
Produced by David Foster
Released on 1983
Find it at GEMM
ST-12260 diecut cover
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W elcome to Utotopia. Population: you and some guy wearing a “Back to the Future” t-shirt. If the two of you are feeling silly, relax. Back to the Future was a great film and Outside Inside is a great album. Not great-for-the-ages great, but great for the eighties. The Tubes, after all, were not just another band of middle-aged top fortysomethings. They challenged musical normalcy in the beginning, then masked their affection for it in concepts and, finally, embraced it. The Completion Backward Principle marked the beginning of the embracing: “Talk To Ya Later,” “Don’t Want To Wait Anymore.” It worked and the world embraced back. Outside Inside is a second hug, stronger than before. They slip us a kiss with the hits (“She’s a Beauty,” “Tip of My Tongue”), and whisper weird things in our ear but briefly (“Drums,” “Wild Women of Wongo”). The result was their most successful album, and The Tubes promptly became victims of their own success: Fee Waybill released a solo stinker and their next album bombed. Funny thing is, they sound invincible on Outside Inside. Whether they’re playing Utopian pop or modern R&B, it’s done with such aplomb (that’s right, I wrote “aplomb”) that The Tubes connect on every track. It’s professionally played, probably product, and perpendicular to their past, but a party is a party. Like Utopia, you’ll give yourself a headache trying to connect the dots between “Trapped” and “Mated,” “Mondo Bondage” and “The Monkey Time.” Leave the art-rock baggage at the door, listen to the music and treat your inner monkey right. There's also a review at All Music Guide.

ST-12260 back cover
ST-12260 back cover


  1. SHE'S A BEAUTY    (David Foster/Steve Lukather/Fee Waybill)    3:58
  2. NO NOT AGAIN    (The Tubes)    3:28
  3. OUT OF THE BUSINESS    (The Tubes)    3:27
  4. THE MONKEY TIME    (Curtis Mayfield)    3:52
  5. GLASS HOUSE    (The Tubes)    3:26
  6. WILD WOMEN OF WONGO    (The Tubes)    3:58
  7. TIP OF MY TONGUE    (The Tubes/Michael Snyder/Maurice White)    3:57
  8. FANTASTIC DELUSION    (The Tubes)    3:55
  9. DRUMS    (The Tubes)    2:22
  10. THEME PARK    (The Tubes)    3:13
  11. OUTSIDE LOOKIN' INSIDE    (The Tubes)    0:54


MICHAEL COTTEN -- co-producer (9,11), Tubes package and visual design, art director
PRAIRIE PRINCE -- co-producer (9), Tubes package and visual design, art director, eye
FEE WAYBILL -- mixing
Patty Austin -- vocals
Bill Champlin -- vocals
Martha Davis -- guest vocalist (4)
Nathan East -- bass
Chuck Finley -- horns
David Foster -- keyboards
Gary Grant -- horns
Gary Herbig -- horns
Jerry Hey --horns, horn arrangements
James Newton Howard -- keyboards
Bobby Kimball -- vocals
Mingo Lewis -- percussion
Steve Lukather -- guitar
David Paich -- keyboards
Steve Porcaro -- keyboards
Bill Reichenbacher -- horns
Freddy Washington -- guitar
David Williams -- bass
Larry Williams -- horns
Humberto Gatica -- engineer, mixing
Greg Ladany -- engineer, mixing
George Massenburg -- mixing
Dennis Kirk -- engineer
Stacey Baird -- additional engineering, co-producer (9)
Jeff Bergeson -- additional engineering
David Cole -- additional engineering
Ken Kessie -- additional engineering
Jack Leahy -- additional engineering
Roy Kohara -- art director
Paul Knotter, Balfour Patterson -- cover collaborators
Cees Van Geledren, Mike Hashimoto, Jim McCrary -- photographers
Bill Burks, Jim English, Mat Leach, Lee Mell, Stan Pesket, Phil Shima, Jim Welch -- art contributors
John Exley, Doug Menuez, Ira Sandler -- photo contributors
Larry Fergusson -- head

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US/CAN 1983 Capitol LP ST-12260 diecut cover
UK 1983 Capitol LP/CS EST/TCEST-12260 diecut cover
FRA 1983 Capitol LP 2C 068 400164 diecut cover
JPN 1983 Capitol LP ECS-81574 diecut cover
NET 1983 Capitol/EMI LP 1A 064 400164  
US   Capitol CD CDP 7 48453  
UK   Beat Goes On CD BGOCD 133 lyric sleeve


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