Music Reviews

The Tubes

The Best of the Tubes

A&M

The Tubes were always a bit of an enigma. An extremely visual band that almost missed out on the whole video revolution save for their biggest hit, “She’;s A Beauty.” It makes one wonder how big they might have been if in their earlier days they had had MTV instead of FM radio. They now have a Best Of album as part of the 20th Century Masters collection that has featured acts as diverse as Buddy Holly, the Who, and the Ink Spots. The Tubes disc features the band in all of their post David Bowie glam glory. Classic tracks like “Mondo Bondage” and “White Punks on Dope,” yet the bands two biggest hits, “Talk to Ya Later” and “She’;s A Beauty” are curiously missing. I suspect this has to do with the band. Recently on Behind The Music, Tubes frontman Fee Waybill acted as if the band’;s Top 40 hits were somehow beneath them now. If that is why those hits have been omitted from this otherwise impressive collection, than allow me to remind everyone of the Tubes’ involvement in the Olivia Newton-John narcissistic epic Xanadu. (Isn’;t it about time they re-made Xanadu with Britney Spears and Tony Curtis?) Put that in your pomposity pipe and smoke it, and give us the Top 40 hits along with the album cuts.


Recently on Ink 19...

Meditations on Crime

Meditations on Crime

Print Reviews

Politics is Crime. Crime is Politics. Discuss… Carl F. Gauze reviews Meditations on Crime, the book half of Harper Simon’s super-collaborative art and music project.

Porn and Ice Cream

Porn and Ice Cream

Screen Reviews

Three aimless misfits find themselves a purpose when they unwittingly start a band. It’s not your typical rock story, as Ian Koss explains.

Fire and Iceland

Fire and Iceland

Interviews

New York filmmaker April Anderson talks with Bob Pomeroy about volcanoes, horses, and making documentaries in Iceland.

Best of Film 2022

Best of Film 2022

Screen Reviews

With a year of festival and microcinema screenings behind them, Lily and Generoso select and review their ten favorite films, six supplemental features, and one exceptional repertory release of 2022.

Laura Citarella

Laura Citarella

Interviews

Director Laura Citarella, of the famed filmmaking collective El Pampero Cine, has created with her newest feature Trenque Lauquen a provocative transformation of her protagonist Laura (Laura Parades), whom Citarella first introduced in her 2011 film Ostende. Lily and Generoso enjoyed an in-depth conversation with Citarella about Trenque Lauquen when it screened at AFI Fest 2022.

New Music Now 009: Sleepyhead

New Music Now 009: Sleepyhead

Features

Join us for a new edition of New Music Now, with our special musical guest, Sleepyhead. All three members of the band are school teachers, so you didn’t hear it from us, but there might be a pop quiz about their album New Alchemy after the show.

%d bloggers like this: