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What Do You Want from Live
     

What Do You Want from Live

by The Tubes
 
Although their studio albums were often hit-and-miss affairs, the Tubes could always be counted on for a good live show during their mid-'70s heyday. In fact, they became a legend in the rock & roll world for their glitzy shows, which included half-nude women performing elaborate dance routines and a variety of characters invented by

Overview

Although their studio albums were often hit-and-miss affairs, the Tubes could always be counted on for a good live show during their mid-'70s heyday. In fact, they became a legend in the rock & roll world for their glitzy shows, which included half-nude women performing elaborate dance routines and a variety of characters invented by frontman Fee Waybill, like punk rocker "Johnny Bugger" and blissed-out glam rock icon "Quay Lewd." What Do You Want from Live can't reproduce all this visual stimuli but it does show what many critics forgot to notice about the Tubes, i.e., the fact that they were a really sharp and exciting live band. Stripped of their outre visual surroundings, songs like "Mondo Bondage" and "I Was a Punk Before You Were a Punk" still pack a visceral punch thanks to their effective combination of gonzo humor and catchy melodies. Elsewhere, the Tubes get to show off their surprisingly impressive chops on "Overture," a fast-paced medley that transforms the instrumental highlights of six different songs into one head-spinning pomp-rock blitz, and "Crime Medley," a witty tapestry of crime jazz woven from television theme songs like "Theme from Peter Gunn" and "Theme from Dragnet." The downside of What Do You Want from Live is that some of the numbers are less potent without the choreographed routines surrounding them: "Smoke (La Vie en Fumer)" and "What Do You Want from Life" both feature Fee Waybill talking about the visual chaos surrounding him and this leaves the listener feeling like they're only witnessing part of the joke (if only someone would put out a video of one of the Tubes' shows from this era). Despite this caveat, What Do You Want from Live remains a witty and entertaining live album. It may not win any new converts to the Tubes' camp, but fans of the group will definitely want to check out this entertaining souvenir from the group's wildest era.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/03/1999
Label:
Universal I.S.
UPC:
0082839600323
catalogNumber:
3960032
Rank:
10027

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Tubes   Primary Artist
Fee Waybill   Vocals
Bill Spooner   Guitar,Vocals
Michael Cotten   Synthesizer
Mingo Lewis   Percussion,Drums,Vocals
Prairie Prince   Drums
Roger Steen   Guitar,Vocals
Re Styles   Vocals,Dancer
Vince Welnick   Keyboards,Vocals
Prarie Prince   Drums
Loryanna Catalano   Dancer
Cindi Osborn   Dancer
Sputnik Spooner   Guitar,Vocals
Michael Springer   Dancer
Rick Anderson   Bass,Vocals

Technical Credits

Tubes   Composer
David Foster   Composer
Fee Waybill   Composer
Bill Spooner   Composer
Bob Bullock   Engineer
Michael Cotten   Composer,Art Direction
Peter Henderson   Producer,Engineer
Prairie Prince   Composer
Roger Steen   Composer
Vince Welnick   Composer
Rikki Farr   Producer
Kenny Ortega   Choreographer
Peter Ayeroff   Art Direction
Chuck Besson   Art Direction
Chopper Borges   Prop Design
John Curd   Concert Presentation
Rick Anderson   Composer

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