The Tubes Download
Dec 31, 1975Winterland (San Francisco, CA)
The Tubes Download
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Total Length:
1:50:09
Copyright:
© Wolfgang's Vault

The Tubes Download

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What Makes Our Downloads Great

Our downloads are all from master recordings owned by Wolfgang's Vault, an archive built from more than a dozen historic collections spanning a wide spectrum of musical genres and legendary performers.

We have painstakingly restored every tape using the highest quality analog-to-digital converters available and the light engineering touch we’ve come to be known for that makes you feel like you were at the show.

All song files are high-quality 320k mp3s, delivered to you in a single zip file. If you haven't used a zip file before, it’s quite simple. On most computers you can just double-click on the zip file to extract it to a folder containing the mp3 song files, which you can then drag into iTunes or whatever library you use.

Sample this concert
  1. 1What Do You Want From Life?05:53
  2. 2The Tubes World Tour05:22
  3. 3Sputnik / Space Baby07:07
  4. 4Theme From I Love Lucy / Proud To Be An American / Third Stone From The Sun06:10
  5. 5New Year's Countdown04:14
  6. 6Living In The U.S.A.02:45
  7. 7Untitled Funk / Malaguena Salarosa05:06
  8. 8Crime Theme Medley / Mondo Bondage08:40
  9. 9Slipped My Disco05:15
  10. 10Dr. Strangekiss / Bali Hai / It's Not Unusual11:01
  11. 11Up From The Deep04:29
  12. 12Buy The Album02:00
  13. 13Haloes06:37
  14. 14I'm Waiting For The Man / Boy Crazy06:29
  15. 15Quay Lewd & Cocaine Piranhas05:14
  16. 16Stand Up And Shout06:28
  17. 17Quay Lewd Needs More Power02:21
  18. 18White Punks On Dope10:05
  19. 19Town Without Pity04:53
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Item Number:
  • 2646-7903-AD
Date:
  • Dec 31, 1975
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Sample this concert
  1. 1What Do You Want From Life?05:53
  2. 2The Tubes World Tour05:22
  3. 3Sputnik / Space Baby07:07
  4. 4Theme From I Love Lucy / Proud To Be An American / Third Stone From The Sun06:10
  5. 5New Year's Countdown04:14
  6. 6Living In The U.S.A.02:45
  7. 7Untitled Funk / Malaguena Salarosa05:06
  8. 8Crime Theme Medley / Mondo Bondage08:40
  9. 9Slipped My Disco05:15
  10. 10Dr. Strangekiss / Bali Hai / It's Not Unusual11:01
  11. 11Up From The Deep04:29
  12. 12Buy The Album02:00
  13. 13Haloes06:37
  14. 14I'm Waiting For The Man / Boy Crazy06:29
  15. 15Quay Lewd & Cocaine Piranhas05:14
  16. 16Stand Up And Shout06:28
  17. 17Quay Lewd Needs More Power02:21
  18. 18White Punks On Dope10:05
  19. 19Town Without Pity04:53
Total Length:
1:50:09
Copyright:
© Wolfgang's Vault

Liner Notes

Fee Waybill - vocals; Bill "Sputnik" Spooner - guitar, vocals; Roger Steen - guitar; Prairie Prince - drums; Michael Cotten - synthesizer; Vince Welnick - piano; Rick Anderson - bass

The Tubes are a Bay-Area band best known for their skewering of popular culture issues of drugs, celebrity, and their namesake: Television. At this Bill Graham-produced show, the Tubes had sold out the Winterland for the first time. The band's stage antics are as lively as ever, owing to the festive spirit of New Year's Eve. Less than 25 minutes into the set they count down to 1976, with lead singer Fee Waybill endlessly insisting that there is another minute-and-a-half to go and feigning a broken watch.

The Tubes had only released one record at the time of this recording, 1975's The Tubes, which was produced by Al Kooper. That record contained the derisive "White Punks on Dope" as well as the disco-rock sales pitch "What Do You Want From Life." Both songs contained ample background noise and bizarre vocals.

We are at some disadvantage being unable to see the stage show (we don't know why exactly the "tube job" during the sketch "A Word From Our Sponsor" is eliciting such whoops, for example); but we can hear sketches like "Sputnik," a sort of interstellar sitcom, and there's no mistaking the live marching band that covers Steve Miller Band's "Living in the U.S.A." after the New Year's firecrackers are done exploding. (Other notable cover choices include the Velvet Underground's "I'm Waiting For The Man," Tom Jones' "It's Not Unusual," and the "Theme From I Love Lucy.")

From their debut record, the Tubes play "Up From The Deep," Space Baby "Malaguena Salerosa," "Mondo Bondage," "Haloes," and the aforementioned "What Do You Want From Life" and "White Punks On Dope." But they had been busy putting material together for six years at this point, and had already prepared a good portion of material that would end up on their second record. From that album, Young and Rich, they play "Tubes World Tour," "Slipped My Disco," "Stand Up And Shout," and "Proud To Be An American.

There is a load of vulgarity and fun throughout this show. And the long and irreverent program comes to a tee when Waybill puts on his "Quay Lewd" alter-ego and introduces his band as the Cocaine Piranhas.

The Tubes continue to tour today.

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