Tubes, The

Also known as Tubes, Tubes, The
Members of Tubes, The: Bill Spooner, Fee Waybill, Gary Cambra, Lesley Paton, Michael Cotten, Michele Rundgren, Mingo Lewis, Prairie Prince, Re Styles (2), Rick Anderson, Roger Steen, Trey Sabatelli, Vince Welnick
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Discography of Tubes, The:

# Release title Total tracks Type of release is Imprint date Label
1 The Tubes 8 Audio 1975 A&M Records
2 Outside Inside 11 Audio 1983 Capitol Records
3 The Completion Backward Principle 10 Audio 1990 Capitol Records
4 Remote Control 11 Audio 1990-10-25
5 Prime Time 2 Audio 1979 A&M Records
6 Remote Control 11 Audio 1979 A&M Records
7 Remote Control 11 Audio 1985 A&M Records
8 The Tubes 8 Audio 1985 Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab
9 Love Bomb 14 Audio 1985 Capitol Records
10 Talk To Ya Later 2 Audio 1981
11 Don't Want To Wait Anymore 2 Audio 1981
12 Outside Inside 11 Audio Capitol Records
13 What Do You Want From Live 22 Audio 1978 A&M Records
14 Remote Control 11 Audio 1979 A&M Records
15 Live At The Greek 12 Audio 1988 Video Supply Depot
16 Remote Control 11 Audio 1979 A&M Records
17 Now 11 Audio 1977 A&M Records
18 What Do You Want From Live 23 Audio 1978 A&M Records
19 T.R.A.S.H. (Tubes Rarities And Smash Hits) 11 Audio 1981 A&M Records
20 She's A Beauty / When You're Ready To Come 2 Audio 1983 Capitol Records
21 The Completion Backward Principle 10 Audio 1991 BGO Records
22 Outside Inside 11 Audio
23 Love Bomb 14 Audio 1993 BGO Records
24 I Saw Her Standing There 7 Audio 1978 A&M Records
25 Outside Inside 11 Audio Capitol Records
26 Prime Time 2 Audio 1979 A&M Records
27 TV Is King 2 Audio 1979 A&M Records
28 White Punks On Dope 3 Audio 1976 A&M Records
29 The Tubes 8 Audio 1981 A&M Records
30 She's A Beauty 3 Audio 1983 Capitol Records
31 White Punks On Dope 3 Audio 1976 A&M Records
32 Wild West Show 25 Audio 2005 Secret Films
33 The Tubes Video 14 Audio 1981 Picture Music International
34 T.R.A.S.H. (Tubes Rarities And Smash Hits) 11 Audio 1981 A&M Records
35 Young And Rich 9 Audio 1988 A&M Records
36 The Tubes 8 Audio 1975 A&M Records
37 Sports Fans 2 Audio 1982 Capitol Records
38 Prime Time 2 Audio 1979 A&M Records
39 Young And Rich 9 Audio 1989-04-21 A&M Records
40 Remote Control 11 Audio 1987-08-05 A&M Records
41 Goin' Down 34 Audio 1996 A&M Records
42 Prime Time / No Way Out 2 Audio 1979 A&M Records
43 Love Bomb 14 Audio 1985
44 White Punks On Dope 18 Audio 2000 Spectrum Music (2)
45 Now 11 Audio 1977 A&M Records
46 The Tubes 8 Audio 1988 A&M Records
47 T.R.A.S.H. (Tubes Rarities And Smash Hits) 11 Audio 1981 A&M Records
48 The Completion Backward Principle 10 Audio 1981
49 She's A Beauty / Tip Of My Tongue 2 Audio 1983 Capitol Records
50 The Best Of The Tubes 1981-1987 10 Audio 1991 CEMA Special Markets


The Tubes are a San Francisco-based rock band that used a mix of progressive rock theater, multimedia, and scathing social criticism of America's television culture. The original line up consisted of Fee Waybil (Vocals), Rick Anderson (Bass), Prairie Prince (Drums), Roger Steen (Guitar and Vocals), Vince Welnick (Keyboads), and Michael Cotton (Synthesizer). Their live performances were surreal vaudeville shows in which songs became full fledged production numbers. The Tubes scored their first hit "White Punks on Dope" on their self-titled debut album released on A&M records. Their second album, “Young And Rich”, included their second hit single – the suggestive duet “Don't Touch Me There”. The Tubes released three more albums on A&M before being dropped in 1982. Capitol Records signed the Tubes upon their release from A&M and the Tubes released their most successful album to date, the concept album “The Completion Backward Principle”. “The Completion Backward Principle” contained the hits, “Don't Want To Wait Anymore”, “Sushi Girl” and the classic rock staple “Talk To You Later”. Their next release on Capital was "Outside Inside" which featured the top 10 US single “She's A Beauty”. In 1985 The Tubes released “Love Bomb”. The album was not a commercial success and years of expensive tours left the band a half million dollars in debt. Capitol dropped the Tubes and lead singer Fee Waybill left the band.

The years that followed saw several personnel changes in the band, with Waybill ultimately returning to the band in the 1990's. While the Tubes have continued to release music, the fame and notoriety of the late 70's and early 80's remain as the bands true legacy.


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