Chart Performance: Pop (#7); 1981
Story Behind The Song By Ed Osborne
One time roadie John “Fee Waybill” Waldo started lugging equipment in Arizona for the Red, White and Blues Band prior to the group’s move to San Francisco in 1972. After relocating, Fee’s band renamed itself Arizona, and merged with Beans to become Beanizona., then later switched back to plain ole Beans. Meanwhile, Fee had graduated to tambourine on his way to singing lead, while his band mates began the search for another name. “Tubes, rods, and bulbs” – the bones that make up one’s inner ear – seemed a perfect fit, except for its length, so that was shortened to “Tubes.” The Tubes’ outrageous live act didn’t exactly translate into vinyl success. Starting with The Tubes in 1975, five albums came and went to underwhelming response. Finally, in 1981, Talk To Ya Later and Don’t Want To Wait Anymore – both from the decidedly more commercial The Completion Backward Principle produced by David Foster – cracked the mainstream rock Top 10 and the pop Top 40 respectively.
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- David Foster
Lyrics Written by:
- The Tubes