The Tubes was a rock band that formed in 1972. Members included lead singer Fee Waybill, Roger Steen, Prairie Prince (an excellent drummer who played with a solid pocket), Rick Anderson, and David Medd. The lineup changed over the years, but I stopped following them when Fee quit the band.

Their first hit, from their debut album, was White Punks on Dope, which got a lot of airplay in the seventies. My favorite albums of theirs was The Completion Backwards Principle (1981) and Outside Inside (1983). Both had a bevy of hits, including their breakout smash She's a Beauty, which was in heavy rotation on MTV. I still listen to both CD's when I'm driving across the country going to conventions.

I did see their Outside Inside tour in 1983 at SPAC in Saratoga, NY. The group was well known for their crazy antics during their shows, some of which they performed sans clothing in the early days. There's a concert video of Fee Waybill running around with his dingaling flopping all over the place from their earlier shows in the 1970's.


  • The Tubes (1975). 
  • Young and Rich (1976). Peaked at #46 in the US. 
  • Now (1977). 
  • Remote Control (1979). 
  • The Completion Backwards Principle (1981). Peaked at #36 in the US, and certified Gold in Canada and New Zealand. 
  • Outside Inside (1983). Hit #18 in the US.
  • Love Bomb (1985). 
  • Genius of America (1996). 

There were several compilation albums, and they also appeared in the movie Xanadu.

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