Chart Performance: Pop (#10) & Mainstream Rock (#1); 1983
Story Behind The Song By Ed Osborne
After The Completion Backward Principle became the Tubes most successful record to date, David Foster expanded the formula for the next studio album: Outside Inside. The cast of session characters was larger than ever and included such luminaries as Patti Austin, Martha Davis of The Motels, and various members/sidemen from Chicago and Toto. Foster’s plan worked even better this time around: Outside Inside reached #18 on the album chart and launched She’s A Beauty, Tip Of My Tongue, and The Monkey Time onto the Hot 100. Boosted by a titillating MTV-friendly video, She’s A Beauty stayed atop the FM radio-oriented mainstream rock list for five weeks and went Top 10 on the pop singles list. Sadly, the Tubes’ biggest success also became their swan song. The Todd Rundgren-produced Love Bomb did just that and the band splintered. Post-Tubes, lead singer and cultural satirist Fee Waybill went mainstream: working closely with popster Richard Marx on his string of late-1980’s hits.
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- David Foster
Lyrics Written by:
- Fee Waybill
- David Foster
- Steve Lukather