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The New York Dolls, the Tubes: the Matrix, San Francisco CA

Live Review by Philip Elwood, The San Francisco Examiner, 5 September 1973

THE REMARKABLE thing about the rock group called the New York Dolls, who began a three night engagement last night at the new Matrix (once ...

Tubes: The Roxy, Los Angeles CA

Live Review by Richard Cromelin, Phonograph Record, July 1975


The Tubes: The Tubes (A&M SP-4534)

Review by Wayne Robins, Rolling Stone, 25 September 1975

THE TUBES seem to be a theater group that parodies rock & roll and its associated social conventions of the last five years. There are ...

The Tubes: Young And Rich

Review by Richard Cromelin, Phonograph Record, May 1976

ON HUNKY DORY and Crisis, What Crisis?, producer Ken Scott proved himself a master of soft-core avant-garde rock. Resourceful, imaginative, tasteful, able to clean and ...

Special Drug Report: GREEN — Every Day Is St. Patrick's Day!

Report by Robert Duncan, Creem, June 1976

WILLY HAS just returned from Los Angeles where he has found the perfect drug. Obsessional as he is on these jags of his, after several ...

Tubes at the Garden of Eden: Can They Sell It Out?

Report and Interview by Joel Selvin, Circus, 6 July 1976

THE BICENTENNIAL year has been a busy one for The Tubes, bull goose loonies of the San Francisco rock world. Shortly after ushering in New ...

The Tubes: Young & Rich (A&M)

Review by Richard Riegel, Creem, September 1976

JUST WHAT is going down here, huh? The defining images of our pop heroes seem destined for ever-shorter useful lives, as though we're accelerating toward ...

What is Our Role in the Universe?

Profile and Interview by Mick Farren, New Musical Express, 29 October 1977

These young people are pondering the question that has perturbed all the great philosophers since time immemorial and beyond: WHAT'S the barbed wire doing over ...

The Tubes: Hammersmith Odeon, London

Live Review by Paul Rambali, New Musical Express, 19 November 1977

THE TUBES recorded their two debut London gigs for a live album. This was indicative of either supreme confidence or supreme folly – ...

The Tubes: The Pantages Theatre, Los Angeles

Live Review by Sylvie Simmons, Sounds, 1 April 1978

THE PANTAGES Theatre; plush and Rainbow-esque. Recently the home of Hello Dolly, good clean family entertainment. The Tubes are here for a week. ...

What Do You Want from the Tubes?

Profile and Interview by Fred Schruers, Circus, 11 May 1978

Double "Live" Package Delivers Best of Bay Area Bonzos ...

The Tubes: New Theatre, Oxford

Live Review by Cliff White, New Musical Express, 13 May 1978

I DIDN'T see this exotic troupe last time around but I do recall one particularly purple review of them; words to the effect: "Would you ...

The Tubes: Remote Control (A&M)

Review by Paul Rambali, New Musical Express, 10 March 1979

YOU DIDN'T know Todd Rundgren had a new album out, did you? He has. ...

Tube in Charlie's Angels oral sex shocker

Interview by Sylvie Simmons, Sounds, 5 May 1979

Jerk in the box FEE WAYBILL explains The Tubes' new-look TV Times. I didn't realise there was so much in it gasps SYLVIE SIMMONS ...

The Concise NME Guide To Electronic Music & Synthesised Sound PART TWO — Synthesisers

Overview by Andy Gill, New Musical Express, 12 January 1980

POMP THE trouble with synthesisers is actually playing them, accepting their status as sound-generators and starting from scratch. Mechanical keyboards were included in early synth ...

The Tubes: The Roxy, Los Angeles

Live Review by Sylvie Simmons, Sounds, 2 February 1980

A TUBES show without the props is a bit like the Royal Family without Princess Margaret: a lot of money for something expendably traditional without ...

Lude-icrous Tales From The Tubes' Fee Waybill

Interview by Chas de Whalley, Kerrang!, 17 June 1983

ASTOUNDING THOUGH it may seem, The Tubes have never seen Twisted Sister, much less rubbed shoulders with the outrageous Dee Snider. In fact, before they ...

Groupies: They're Still Grabbin' for the Stars

Report and Interview by Ben Fong-Torres, San Francisco Chronicle, 30 September 1984

Sweet Spencer,So many feelings I have experienced with you that you have become a part of me. The other day, from out of a heavy, ...

Vince Welnick, 1951-2006

Obituary by Joel Selvin, SF Gate, 30 June 2006

WHEN VINCE WELNICK signed on to play keyboards for the Grateful Dead, some people said it probably saved his life. He had five good years ...

The Tubes: B.B. King's, NYC

Live Review by Kris DiLorenzo, Rock's Backpages, 22 September 2011

THE INTRODUCTORY MUSIC was samba, then Fee Waybill came out and busted up 'This is a Man's World' ─ in English and Italian. He knocked ...

Killer Riffs: A Guide to Parody in Popular Music

Essay by Simon Reynolds, Pitchfork, 19 October 2016

From the Residents' freakish Beatles sendups, to Spinal Tap's meta-metal escapades, to the gastronomic goofs of "Weird Al", a chronicle of those who have turned ...


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