White Punks on Dope
|"White Punks on Dope"|
|Single by The Tubes|
|Genre||Early New wave/Punk|
"White Punks on Dope", abbreviated as "WPOD", is a 1975 song by San Francisco-based rock group The Tubes from their debut, eponymous album, produced by Al Kooper. The song was written by the band's dual lead guitarists, Bill Spooner and Roger Steen with Michael Evans (later a sales manager at Ingram Entertainment and VP at Sony Pictures). It has been called “absurd anthem of wretched excess,” ridiculing the rich and famous offspring of Hollywood elite. The song became the group's rock anthem and spectacular closing number to their elaborate stage shows. The band developed a cult-like fan base that has followed them for decades.
Known for frequent costume changes, the group's lead singer Fee Waybill plays the character of Quay Lewd, a take off on Quaalude, a drugged out British rock star wearing two-foot tall platform shoes, a feather boa and a long blonde wig. In his early career as a choreographer, Kenny Ortega would add elements to try to make every show more spectacular. There were explosions, smoke, chainsaws and a daredevil aerial artist. Among the barely-dressed dancers and characters were Jane Dornacker and Pearl E. Gates. Even up and coming local actor/comedian Robin Williams auditioned for the show.
- Mötley Crüe covered "White Punks on Dope" on their album New Tattoo, and performs it live in concert on their Lewd, Crüed, & Tattooed DVD.
- 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".
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