But if truth be told they gained more notoriety than they did sales.
Indeed someone famously remarked about the only the thing The Tubes didn’t do was sell a lot of records.
They were different parts of the eyeball and since we were visual — we were already doing these costumes and characters such as the cowboy or Carmen Miranda — that seemed to fit. That we were open enough to make fun of our culture and it kind of struck home, especially with the girls.
The story goes that whoever put in Tubes, Rods and Bulbs put mayonnaise on the piece of paper, which is why Sandwich picked out that one. My god you guys have tits everyday with Page 3, but America didn’t have that.
So maybe the next thing I’ll do is work on the autobiography. And I love that venue Concorde 2, right on the beach, it’s so cool.And more than anything, that was down to lead vocalist, Fee Waybill. Roger’s band played for a number of years as a trio and one day they kicked the bass player out of the band and they couldn’t find another guy who was suitable. At the time, I became the background singer, because they already had roadies, so we worked as The Beans for a while.Without him it’s unlikely they would have lasted so long. Some friends of ours from Phoenix were in a band called The Beans and they had also moved to San Francisco on our recommendation. But then another band from New Jersey came out with an album and they were also called The Beans. We sat down and everybody came up with ten names which we put in a bowl.Now, let’s be clear here: it is great to speak to people on public transport.I often do it - a nice chat on the bus with the old man who lives round the corner, or a discussion about something that’s occurring on said bus, say perhaps when it’s all kicking off and everyone is having a good laugh about the situation.