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Tubes, The - 1981 The Completion Backward Principle



ARTIST: Tubes, The
ALBUM: The Completion Backward Principle
LABEL: A&M
SERIAL: SOO-12151
YEAR: 1981
CD REISSUE: 1990, Capitol, CDP 7 48454 2 * 1991, BGO, BGOCD100

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:

LINEUP: Fee Waybill - lead vocals * Bill Spooner - guitars * Roger Steen - guitars * Rick Anderson - bass * Mike Cotten - synths * Vince Welnick - keyboards * Prairie Prince - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Talk To Ya Later * 02 Sushi Girl * 03 Amnesia * 04 Mr Hate * 05 Attack Of The 50 Foot Woman * 06 Think About Me * 07 A Matter Of Pride * 08 Don't Want To Wait Anymore * 09 Power Tools * 10 Let's Make Some Noise

WEBLINKS: www.thetubes.com


Background
After a hat trick of nondescript albums which were really a soundtrack/backdrop to the outrageous Tubes stage shows, 1979's 'Remote Control' showed a definite move into melodic AOR territory. Commercially it didn't have the required effect which is a pity, but to the band's credit they vowed to continue in the AOR direction and sought a new deal after parting ways with A&M, landing with Capitol. All of this resulted in the David Foster produced 'The Completion Backward Principle'. While 'Remote Control' had been a concept album of sorts, CBP looked like one but wasn't - the band represented themselves as a corporation, mugging in suits for their photo shots and coming up with corporate titles for themselves such as Bill Spooner: Analysis and Guitar!! They even had a corporate mission statement in the liner notes ending in the biting rejoinder 'We're here because you're there'! The songs didn't follow any kind of concept, except that of glittering AOR!


The Songs
'Talk To Ya Later' begins with a hilarious corporate speech requesting that both sides of the album be played at one meeting, before launching into the song proper, and what a classic - a hook sharper than a great Twin Peaks episode plays host to some of the most delicious swirling vocal melodies this side of Toto. Not surprising then that Steve Lukather co-wrote the song and plays a solo on it. 'Let's Make Some Noise' is not as uptempo but still rewarding enough, until 'Matter Of Pride' wipes the floor with it - pretty much the ideal midtempo AOR dream, keys and guitars combine with silky ease and the vocals, like the opener, are out of this world (something like Journey meets Michael MacDonald era Doobies Brothers). 'Mr Hate' revisits The Tubes often ironic/cynical subject matter, though this time in the form of a decent melodic song, unlike previous meandering wastelands. 'Attack Of The Fifty Foot Woman' sees them at their zaniest, possibly the musical nadir of the record, yet still listenable. 'Think About Me' gets things back on track though: a speedy, hi-tech AOR excursion with occasional Cars-like overtones, it's another one in the plus column. 'Sushi Girl' is predictably quirky in terms of lyrics, yet there are real melodies and a rewarding chorus that must've, like much of this album, been quite bewildering to fans of their first three albums. 'Don't Want To Wait Anymore' was nothing less than the blueprint for David Foster's imminent power ballad assault on the charts through Chicago. All the hallmarks are there already, and it also provided the first Tubes entry into the top 40 singles chart, peaking at #33. 'Power Tools' revisits the midtempo AOR realm with a wistful melody and the kind of chorus that's so simple it shouldn't work but does anyway - big time. 'Amnesia' closes the album on a power ballad note, and I do mean power. IMHO this is even better than the chart hit, the verse riff coming off like early 80's Saga and the chorus nothing less than Shooting Star or Survivor's best.


In Summary
Bigger success was to come with 1983's 'Outside Inside' vinyl, but this one definitely paved the way and set the template, while achieving a measure of success of it's own. If you take AOR seriously, the four albums starting with 'Remote Control' are essential.


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#1 | rocklover on January 28 2008 12:07:11
hey,

I just downloaded this cd/ wow it starts great fantastic first songclap. Lol the song Attack Of The 50 Foot Woman it's so funny the lyricseekah my favorite song all time from this band is don't wanna wait anymore it's a fantastic ballad just great i love ityummy

well I think it's a good album not great just good But hey i'm gonna try the other album too, there are a few great songs on this one and some are less

greetz rocklover
#2 | jeffduran on January 28 2008 18:42:40
This is an excellent slab of AOR brilliance. This is one of two releases with David Foster that are excellent. They also worked with him for a song on the 'Modern Problems' film which is worth hunting for. Even 1985's Todd Rudgren produced 'Love Bomb' is worth checking out for 'Piece By Piece' alone.
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#3 | reyno-roxx on May 07 2008 16:33:02
One of my favourite albums, Just managed to track down the early A&M CDs for bargain prices. 'Young And Rich' is pretty overlooked.
#4 | Jez on June 13 2008 04:11:46
Another of my all time fave albums this one. Westcoast AOR - call it what you will, but there is no denying the quality of this one.'Talk To Ya Later' & 'Sushi Girl' are great uptempo AOR songs & are both absolute belters with the rest of the album following suit. Some of the Tubes Quirkiness appears throughout, especially lyrically, which is why this band stands out for me. 'Don't Want To Wait' is a supreme ballad & probably the best known song on show. A must have genre classic
 
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