T.R.A.S.H. (Tubes Rarities and Smash Hits)

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T.R.A.S.H. (Tubes Rarities and Smash Hits)
Compilation album by The Tubes
Released November 1981
Genre Rock
Label A&M
The Tubes chronology
Remote Control
(1979)Remote Control1979
T.R.A.S.H. (Tubes Rarities and Smash Hits)
The Completion Backward Principle
(1981)The Completion Backward Principle1981

T.R.A.S.H. (Tubes Rarities and Smash Hits) is a compilation album by the rock band The Tubes, released in November 1981.[1]


After four studio albums and a live album for A&M Records, the band were working on the Suffer for Sound album when they were dropped by the label.[1] They subsequently signed a deal with Capitol Records in 1981, but to fulfil their contract, A&M released this collection of recordings in November that year, including tracks from their early singles and unreleased material.[1][2][3][4] One track from the shelved Suffer for Sound album, "Drivin' All Night", was included as the album's opener.[5]

T.R.A.S.H. has been described as the band's best album.[2] A review from Billboard picked out the live version of Captain & Tennille's "Love Will Keep Us Together" as a highlight.[4]

Track listing[edit]

Side one[edit]

1. "Drivin' All Night" (Bill Spooner, Steen, Prairie Prince, Vince Welnick, Cotten, Anderson, Fee Waybill, Styles, Kesse)

  • from the unreleased album Suffer for Sound, referred to as the "Black" album in the sleeve notes

2. "What Do You Want from Life?" (Spooner, Evans)

3. "Turn Me On" (Spooner, Steen, Prince, Welnick, Cotten, Anderson, Waybill)

4. "Slipped My Disco" (Spooner, Steen)

5. "Don't Touch Me There" (Ron Nagle, Jane Dornacker) (sic)

  • from Young and Rich

6. "Mondo Bondage" (Spooner, Steen, Prince, Welnick, Cotten, Anderson, Waybill)

Side two[edit]

1. "Love Will Keep Us Together" (Neil Sedaka, Howard Greenfield)

  • unreleased live recording from 1976

2. "White Punks on Dope (W.P.O.D.)" Parts A&B (Evans, Spooner, Steen)

  • Part A is an unreleased live "country rock" version from 1979
  • Part B is a promo single edit of the track from The Tubes

3. "Prime Time" (Spooner, Steen, Prince, Welnick, Cotten, Anderson, Waybill)

  • alternate version of the Remote Control track featuring Re Styles on solo vocals

4. "I'm Just a Mess" (Steen, Spooner)

5. "Only the Strong Survive" (Spooner, Steen, Prince, Welnick, Cotten, Anderson, Waybill)

  • from Remote Control[6]


  1. ^ a b c Strong, Martin C. (2002) The Great Rock Discography, Canongate, ISBN 1-84195-312-1, p. 1076
  2. ^ a b Eddy, Chuck (2009) "Essentials", SPIN, June 2009, p. 90. Retrieved November 25, 2012
  3. ^ Stone, Doug "T.R.A.S.H. Review", Allmusic. Retrieved November 25, 2012
  4. ^ a b "Billboard's Top Album Picks", Billboard, August 15, 1981, p. 80. Retrieved November 25, 2012
  5. ^ "T.R.A.S.H.", thetubes.com. Retrieved November 25, 2012
  6. ^ Tubes, The. T.R.A.S.H. (Tubes Rarities and Smash Hits). A&M, 1981. LP.