Monday, December 22, 2008

What Do You Want From Life?

The Tubes

T.R.A.S.H.   (Tubes Rarities and Smash Hits)


Review by Doug Stone

The Tubes' reputation (or lack thereof) is built on their uninhibited '70s performances, and, to a much lesser extent, on the non-hits collected on T.R.A.S.H. Before ultra-clean David Foster production pushed the Tubes into the Top 40 in the '80s, this circus of the insane recorded with an eclectic array of talent, delivering bouncy, wavy Americana spit-wads like the immortal "White Punks on Dope" and the materialistic "What Do You Want from Life?" Some funny stuff here ("Slipped my Disco"), but what works onstage, surrounded by naked women, doesn't always require repeat listening. The Tubes were definitely ahead (or outside) of their time, and "Don't Touch Me There" is the kind of looniness Jim Steinman would take to the top and beyond. The Tubes constructed many brilliant singles with wit and depth, but you-had-to-be-there for much of T.R.A.S.H. Still, this collection of their A&M work is easy access to the Tube's overlooked '70s stuff, and worth a few spins. 

   1 Drivin' All Night Prince
  2 What Do You Want from Life?
  3 Turn Me On Anderson
  4 Slipped My Disco Spooner
  5 Don't Touch Me There  
  6 Mondo Bondage [live] 
  7 Love Will Keep Us Together
  8 White Punks on Dope, Pt. A & B
  9 Prime Time
  10 I'm Just a Mess
  11 Only the Strong Survive


Curty Ray said...

Great Band and great live show. After hearing this one you need to get yourself a copy of "Remote Control" , a set of earphones and strap in for an excellent trip.

Merry Christmas and thanks for all the wonderful gifts this year!
Curty Ray
Power Pop Overdose

zillagord said...

Another post you have obviuosly stolen directly from my collection. It is hard at times for me to believe we have such similar tastes. Oh well, if I'm not unique, at least I have funky compadres like you!

Peace man

Trustar said...


I did sneek up there into the frosty NorthWest and ripped you off dude! Glad to do it for ya.