Saturday, June 27, 2015

For Any Tubes Fans Out There

Fee and Re Styles -- Mondo Bondage
Roger Steen (?) -- Intro to Don't Touch Me There
Don't Touch Me There II
Don't Touch Me There III
"Collage" from TSG's Book Series, Volume 9
Quay Lewd -- White Punks on Dope
Quay about to be smashed by speakers -- WPOD IV

NOTE 1: TSG was surprised to find a few "good" images from that night's show on Getty Images. Interested parties should search the Getty website for "the tubes" san jose performing arts

 NOTE 2: Thanks to the efforts of Steve Wells, there is a TSG photo of Prairie Prince posted somewhere on the Tubes official facebook page.


Parm said...

Gotta appreciate any song that features a motorcycle as a relevant visual prop.

I've never dug very deep into Tubes territory. Perhaps I should.

Was the speaker squashing thing a gimmick, or did a stack actually fall on this guy?

Then again, the Who's pyrotechnics were a gimmick, but that didn't make it any less dangerous, did it?

W. "Strung out on Strings" Biscuit said...

[Late reply...sorry!] Re: the speaker stack--they're made of styrofoam or something similar. I think with The Tubes, you kinda had to be there to get the appeal. They gigged heavily in the Bay Area in the second half of the 70s and they got a lot of FM airplay to go along with that. Their quirky lyrics and songs accounted for their popularity and, I think, were the reason for them not hitting the big time. They were (and still are) an excellent band and put our some great sounding,complex,and very funny music. But I think the quirky lyrics and songs pigeonholed them as a circus/parody act instead of a "serious" rock band (whatever that might mean)