The Tubes is the debut album of The Tubes. Songs from this album which received significant airplay include "What Do You Want from Life" and "White Punks on Dope". The latter song peaked at number 28 on the UK singles chart.
Mötley Crüe covered "White Punks on Dope" on their album New Tattoo, and performs it live in concert on their "Lewd, Crüed, & Tattooed" DVD. The Nina Hagen Band interpreted the song in a German-language version, translated to "TV-Glotzer" (with re-written lyrics about being an East German who lives vicariously by staring at West German television all day) on their self-titled debut album in 1978.