Since September 2010, this blog has recorded the journey of this middle-aged man as I attempt to listen to all the music in my CD collection. CDs revisited in their entirety from start to finish - no skipping tracks, no shuffle. CDs only - no vinyl, no tapes, no downloads. And just as CD technology (and the album format itself) becomes obsolete. I'm no music critic, just a music junkie with too much time on my hands.

Thursday, May 26, 2011

The Tubes - The Best of The Tubes 1981-1987 (1991)


As I mentioned near the close of the last record, this record you are now playing is another example of the completion backward principal. If you can possibly manage the time, please play both sides at one meeting.

The title of this CD puzzles me. They list the years as 1981-1987 when all the songs come from 1981-1983. Nothing from the band's 1985 release Love Bomb is included here. The years 1981-83 could be known as 'The David Foster Years' because his slick pop production and songwriting is all over these songs. By this time, the group had definitely abandoned their glam/punk roots in search of commercial success. I borrowed a friend's copy of 1981's The Completion Backward Principle and dubbed a tape of it, then bought a copy of 1983's Outside Inside on LP. I was also aware of the group from their appearance on the Xanadu soundtrack (yes, I've got that and it will appear on this blog sooner or later because it's fabulous).

Tracks: The first 6 tracks are from The Completion Backward Principle and, except for Amnesia, they're all good and bring back great memories of riding around in my car singing Sushi Girl at the top of my lungs with my windows down. I'm sure I was the most entertaining mobile show in BC circa 1982. Attack Of The Fifty Foot Woman isn't a great song, but the lyrics make up for the lack of good music. The ballad Don't Want To Wait Anymore is classic Foster and seems like it should have been included in a cheesy '80s summer movie as the love theme. The next 3 tracks are from Outside Inside. She's A Beauty was the band's biggest hit and contains many of the group's trademark double entendre lyrics. The last track is Sports Fans, a 'promo only' single. I think it may have been included in a video compilation of the group. I could complain about this song no one has heard of being included in a Best Of collection, but could I expect anything less from a $5 CD bought in the bargain bin at Wal-Mart? I would have preferred Wild Women Of Wongo to Sports Fans, but whatever.

Personal Memory Associated with this CD: I've mentioned my vocal contributions to the community (above), but this music also makes me think of working at Burger King. I seem to remember staying late after we had closed (fast food places closed at 9 PM back then) and played poker with some co-workers. It seems that The Tubes was background music during that game.

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