The Tubes (album)

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The Tubes
Studio album by The Tubes
Released June, 1975
Recorded March-April, 1975; Record Plant, Los Angeles, California
Genre Rock
Length 37:11
Label A&M
Producer Al Kooper
The Tubes chronology
The Tubes
Young and Rich
(1976)Young and Rich1976
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars[1]

The Tubes is the debut album by the Tubes. Songs which received significant airplay from this album include "What Do You Want from Life?" and "White Punks on Dope," the latter of which peaked at number 28 on the UK singles chart.[2] The album was dedicated to Bob McIntosh and Tom Donahue.[3]

Track listing[edit]

Side One

  1. "Up from the Deep" (The Tubes, Ray Trainer) – 4:28
  2. "Haloes" (Al Kooper, Bill Spooner, Roger Steen) – 4:53
  3. "Space Baby" (Bill Spooner, Mike Carpenter, Vince Welnick) – 4:25
  4. "Malagueña Salerosa" (Pedro Galindo, Elpidio Ramirez) - 3:52

Side Two

  1. "Mondo Bondage" (The Tubes) – 4:34
  2. "What Do You Want from Life?" (Bill Spooner, Michael Evans) – 4:01
  3. "Boy Crazy" (Bill Spooner) – 4:09
  4. "White Punks on Dope" (Bill Spooner, Roger Steen, Michael Evans) – 6:49


Adapted from Discogs.[3]

  • Lee Rhett Kiefer – engineer
  • Al Kooper – mixing
  • Lee Rhett Kieger – mixing
  • Roland Young – art direction
  • Michael Cotten – design
  • Prairie Prince – design
  • Ian Patrick – photography
  • Harry Mittman – photography

Cover versions[edit]

  • 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. In the 1993 film "Fear of a Black Hat" , the band N.W.H. ( with Ric Ocasek of The Cars ) perform a parody of "White Punks on Dope" , titled "White Cops on Dope" !