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 (Keyboards), 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 Capitol 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.

The Tubes Discography Tracks


The Tubes The Tubes (Album) A&M Records Japan 1975 Sell This Version
The Tubes Young And Rich (Album) A&M Records, A&M Records US 1976 Sell This Version
The Tubes Now (Album) A&M Records US 1977 Sell This Version
The Tubes What Do You Want From Live (Album) A&M Records US 1978 Sell This Version
The Tubes Remote Control (Album) A&M Records Netherlands 1979 Sell This Version
Tubes* The Completion Backward Principle (Album) Capitol Records US 1981 Sell This Version
CN 3848/S The Tubes In Concert-259(LP, Transcription) BBC Transcription Services CN 3848/S UK 1981 Sell This Version
The Tubes Outside Inside (Album) Capitol Records Italy 1983 Sell This Version
The Tubes Love Bomb (Album) Capitol Records, Capitol Records Germany 1985 Sell This Version
Tubes* Genius Of America (Album) Popular Records Germany 1996 Sell This Version
HUX 017 The Tubes Infomercial: How To Become Tubular(CD, Album) Hux Records HUX 017 UK 1999 Sell This Version
The Tubes Tubes World Tour 2001 (Album) CMC International Records US 2000 Sell This Version
3937 The Tubes The Tubes(CD, Album) Falcon Neue Medien 3937 Germany 2001 Sell This Version
SMACD905 The Tubes Wild In London(CD, Album, Dig) Secret Records Limited SMACD905 UK 2005 Sell This Version
The Tubes Live In America (Album) Renaissance Records (3) US 2006 Sell This Version
The Tubes Mondo Birthmark (Comp) Retroworld US 2009 Sell This Version
SECDP023 The Tubes Wild West Show - Wild In London(CD, RE + DVD-V, RE, NTSC) Secret Records Limited SECDP023 UK 2011 Sell This Version
The Tubes The Musikladen Concert 1981 (Album) Sireena Records Germany 2016 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

The Tubes What Do You Want From Life (Single) A&M Records, A&M Records US 1975 Sell This Version
9814 The Tubes GET OFF(7", Single, Promo) A&M Records 9814 US 1975 Sell This Version
16 347 AT The Tubes Malaguena Salerosa(7", Single) A&M Records 16 347 AT Netherlands 1975 Sell This Version
The Tubes White Punks On Dope (Single) A&M Records US 1975 Sell This Version
The Tubes Don't Touch Me There (Single) A&M Records UK 1976 Sell This Version
K 6836 The Tubes I'm Just A Mess / This Town(7", Single) A&M Records, Inc. K 6836 New Zealand 1977 Sell This Version
The Tubes Show Me A Reason / I Saw Her Standing There (Single) A&M Records UK 1978 Sell This Version

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November 20, 2016
Wonderful cult band, but not that obscure when u think about it. 1st Lp and Young And Rich are essential. Also Remote Control (produced by Todd Rundgren) has got to be heard.

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