The Completion Backward Principle

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The Completion Backward Principle
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Studio album by The Tubes
Released April 1981
Recorded August 1980
Genre Rock
Length 39:30
Label Capitol
Producer David Foster
The Tubes chronology
T.R.A.S.H. (Tubes Rarities and Smash Hits)
(1981)T.R.A.S.H. (Tubes Rarities and Smash Hits)1981
The Completion Backward Principle
Outside Inside
(1983)Outside Inside1983
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The Completion Backward Principle is the sixth studio album by the American rock group The Tubes. It is the group's first for Capitol Records. It was accompanied by a long form music video release of the same name, although it did not contain all of the songs from the album. It is a concept album presented as a motivational business document. The album contains two hit singles, "Don't Want To Wait Anymore" and "Talk To Ya Later."


The album's first release and first top 40 hit, "Don't Want To Wait Anymore" peaked at number 35 for two weeks on the US Billboard Hot 100[1] and for one week on the Cashbox Top 100.[2] It also reached number 22 on the Billboard Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks chart. "Talk to Ya Later" hit number 6 on the Billboard Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks chart. It also spent five weeks on the Billboard Bubbling Under chart, peaking at number 101.

Chart performance[edit]

Weekly charts[edit]

"Don't Want to Wait Anymore" (August 1981) Peak
U.S. Billboard Hot 100[3] 35
U.S. Cashbox Top 100[2] 35
U.S. Billboard Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks 22
UK[4] 60
"Talk to Ya Later" (October 1981) Peak
U.S. Billboard Bubbling Under chart 101
U.S. Billboard Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks 6

Original LP track listing[edit]

All tracks composed by The Tubes; except where indicated.

Side one[edit]

  1. "Talk to Ya Later" (The Tubes, David Foster, Steve Lukather)
  2. "Sushi Girl"
  3. "Amnesia"
  4. "Mr. Hate"
  5. "Attack of the Fifty Foot Woman"

Side two[edit]

  1. "Think About Me"
  2. "A Matter of Pride"
  3. "Don't Want To Wait Anymore"
  4. "Power Tools"
  5. "Let's Make Some Noise"

2011 Remastered CD (IconoClassic ICON 1021)[edit]

  1. Talk To Ya Later
  2. Sushi Girl
  3. Amnesia
  4. Mr. Hate
  5. Attack Of The Fifty Foot Woman
  6. Think About Me
  7. A Matter Of Pride
  8. Don't Want To Wait Anymore
  9. Power Tools
  10. Let's Make Some Noise
  11. Tube Talk
  12. What's Wrong With Me
  13. Gonna Get It Next Time
  14. Sports Fans

CD Mastered by Vic Anesini at Battery Studios, NY.


  1. Matter of Pride
  2. Sports Fans
  3. Amnesia
  4. Mr. Hate
  5. Mondo Bondage
  6. Don't Want to Wait Anymore
  7. Business
  8. Talk To Ya Later
  9. Sushi Girl
  10. Let's Make Some Noise
  11. White Punks on Dope

This video was choreographed by Kenny Ortega.

"White Punks on Dope" is included after the closing credits, and contains many scenes from the Tubes early cable access TV appearances as well as footage from early shows where Waybill would play the part of Quay Lude.