THE TUBES - OUTSIDE INSIDE
* 1983 CAPITOL 1st PRESS *
Another bit of clever packaging outside (the record label featured an iris that appeared through a cutout on the sleeve) and inside, where producer David Foster and even more members of Toto help the Tubes punch up their new radio-ready sound with added energy. If their last record showed a newfound dancefloor sensibility, Outside Inside is absolutely funky. There are plenty of over-the-top arena pop numbers on here, including the hit "She's a Beauty," "No Not Again," and "Tip of My Tongue." Yet with so many cooks in the kitchen, the record is peppered with some strange entries, like "Wild Women of Wongo," "Drums," and "Outside Looking Inside." Maybe the Tubes were trying to exorcise their own artistic demons, the better to play a song like "Fantastic Delusion" or "The Monkey Time" with a clear conscience. Outside Inside is definitely a party record, which is fine, except that the Tubes were never a party band (after all, their most radio-friendly album to date, The Completion Backward Principle, was still pretty dark). The change in direction will probably alienate old fans, just as it clearly attracted new ones (the record reached the U.S. Top 20). If you enjoyed their hits from the '80s (e.g., "Talk to You Later," "She's a Beauty"), this is the album to own.
The Tubes were arch satirists of popular culture whose outrageous performance art concepts -- which swung wildly from softcore pornography to suit-and-tie conservatism -- frequently eclipsed their elusive musical identity. The beginnings of the group originated in Phoenix, Arizona in the late '60s, where guitarist Bill Spooner, keyboardist Vince Welnick, and bassist Rick Anderson formed as the Beans (alternately billing themselves as the Radar Men from Uranus). After moving to San Francisco in 1972, the Beans recruited guitarist Roger Steen and drummer Prairie Prince (from Red, White & Blues), and later became The Tubes with the addition of Michael Cotten on keyboards and former roadie Fee Waybill on lead vocals.
After signing to Capitol, they recorded 1981's Completion Backwards Principle, an album based on an actual sales training instruction manual; both "Talk to You Later" and "Don't Want to Wait Anymore" earned significant radio play, and the LP became The Tubes' first Top 40 hit. Thanks to its provocative video, the single "She's a Beauty" reached the Top Ten, and pushed the 1983 LP Outside/Inside into the Top 20 Albums chart; after 1985's Love Bomb stiffed, however, The Tubes disbanded, and Welnick later joined the Grateful Dead (long suffering from depression, he committed suicide in June 2006). (AMG)
The Tubes – Outside Inside
Label: Capitol Records – ST-12260 (1st Press)
Format: Vinyl, LP, Album
Country: US Released: 1983
A1 She's A Beauty 3:58
A2 No Not Again 3:26
A3 Out Of The Business 3:27
A4 The Monkey Time 3:52
A5 Glass House 3:26
B1 Wild Women Of Wongo 3:58
B2 Tip Of My Tongue 3:57
B3 Fantastic Delusion 3:55
B4 Drums 2:22
B5 Theme Park 3:13
B6 Outside Lookin' Inside 0:54
Manufactured By – Capitol Records, Inc.
Phonographic Copyright (p) – Capitol Records, Inc.
Copyright (c) – Capitol Records, Inc.
Pressed By – Capitol Records Pressing Plant, Winchester
Recorded At – The Automatt
Recorded At – Capitol Studios
Recorded At – The Complex
Recorded At – Davlen Sound Studios
Recorded At – Different Fur Studios
Recorded At – Lion Share Recording Studios
Recorded At – Manor Studio, Los Angeles
Recorded At – Record One, Los Angeles
Recorded At – Russian Hill Recording
Recorded At – Tubesound
Mixed At – The Complex
Mixed At – Lion Share Recording Studios
Mixed At – Record One, Los Angeles
Mastered At – Precision Lacquer
Producer – David Foster
Notes: Cover has a big hole on the front sleeve that exposes the label.
Recorded at - The Automatt (S.F.), Cpaitol Studios (L.A.), The Complex (L.A.), Davlin Studios (L.A.), Different Fur Studios (S.F.), Lion Share Recording (L.A.), The Manor (L.A.), Record One (L.A.), Russian Hill Recording (S.F.), Tubesound (S.F.)
Mixed at The Complex, Lion Share Recording, Record One.
Barcode (Text): 0 7777-12260-1
Barcode (Scanned): 077771226014
Matrix / Runout (Side 1 Etched): ST-1-12260-Z4 #2 • –––◁ AND WHATS THAT? THATS NOT THE TUBES! PL
Matrix / Runout (Side 2 Etched): ST-2-12260-Z3 Precision • –––◁
Matrix / Runout: ASCAP
Matrix / Runout: BMI
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