Now (The Tubes album)

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Studio album by The Tubes
Released May 1977
Recorded Winter (?) 1976 His Masters Wheels, San Francisco; The Record Plant, Los Angeles; The Record Plant, Sausalito; Funky Features, San Francisco
Genre Rock
Length 42:09
Label A&M
Producer John Anthony
The Tubes chronology
Young and Rich
(1976)Young and Rich1976
What Do You Want from Live
(1978)What Do You Want from Live1978
CD Cover
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Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars [1]

Now is the third album released by The Tubes. It was produced by John Anthony. Fed up with constant meddling from Bud Scoppa and Don Wood under the direction of Bill Spooner including surreptitiously remixing a track when John was not at the studio, John Anthony was advised to quit the project by Jerry Moss. Head of A&M A&R Kip Cohen said they took advantage of John and believed they overran the budget to bump up their union fees. Bill Spooner took over and completed the project with the help of engineer Don Wood and Bud Scoppa. John believes in retrospect he should not have tried to be "one of the boys" with this band but remains proud of his idea to get the band playing again live in the studio liked they used to do in the Bay Area bars. "My Head Is My Only House Unless It Rains" is a firm Anthony favourite and sonically shows what he was trying to achieve.

Now features a cover version of Captain Beefheart's "My Head Is My Only House Unless It Rains" and Captain Beefheart also played saxophone on "Cathy's Clone". The project was intended to be a double album but delays lead to cutting several songs including a version of Gene Pitney's "Town Without Pity" complete with horn arrangement by Bay-area comedian/musician, Dick Bright. The cover of Now was drawn by Tubes drummer, Prairie Prince entitled "Tubes Descending a Staircase", and was inspired by a similar drawing in Time magazine of the Ramones. In an A&M leaflet, they described the album as "This outrageous and zany band have developed musically and visually since their inception in San Francisco and their previous albums".

2012 Reissue[edit]

Real Gone Records reissued Now with Young and Rich the band's second album as a 2-CD set. The liner notes included comments from drummer Prairie Prince. Unlike the reissues from Iconclassic, this reissue had no bonus tracks. This reissue is currently out of print.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Smoke (La Vie en Fumér)" 4:50 (Bill Spooner, Michael Cotten, Vince Welnick)
  2. "Hit Parade" 3:35 (Bill Spooner, Vince Welnick)
  3. "Strung Out on Strings" 4:10 (Bill Spooner, Roger Steen, Michael Evans)
  4. "Golden Boy" 4:00 (Bill Spooner, Michael Evans)
  5. "My Head Is My Only House Unless It Rains" 4:30 (Don Van Vliet)
  6. "God-Bird-Change" 3:18 (Mingo Lewis)
  7. "I'm Just a Mess" 3:10 (Bill Spooner, Roger Steen)
  8. "Cathy's Clone" 3:30 (The Tubes)
  9. "This Town" 3:15 (Lee Hazlewood)
  10. "Pound of Flesh" 3:00 (Ron Nagle, Scott Mathews)
  11. "You're No Fun" 4:51 (Michael Cotten, Vince Welnick)


Additional personnel
  • Bud Scoppa - voices
  • Don Van Vliet - soprano saxophone on "Cathy's Clone" (uncredited)
  • Harry Duncan - harmonica on "Golden Boy" (uncredited)
  • Roberta Burger - violin
  • Don Wood - engineer, production assistance
  • Roland Young - art direction
  • Michael Cotten, Prairie Prince - design

"Special thanks to: Captain Beefheart, Bernie Krause, Rick Bright and his Sounds of Delight Orchestra, Rob Lawrence and Harry Duncan".


  • Michael Cotten's upcoming documentary, White Punks on Dope
  • Now CD liner notes