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    (1973- )
    Born in San Francisco, California
    Original line-up:
    Fee Waybill (birth name was John Waldo Waybill; September 17, 1950- ), vocals
    Prarie Prince (birth name was Charles Prince; May 7, 1950- ), drums
    Bill 'Sputnick' Spooner, guitar
    Roger Steen, guitar
    Rick Anderson, bass guitar
    Vince Welnick, piano
    Michael Cotten, synthesizer
    Recorded the albums 'The Tubes' (1975), 'Young and Rich' (1976), 'Now' (1977), 'What Do You Want From Live' (1978), 'Remote Control' (1979), 'The Completion Backwards Principle' (1981), 'Outside Inside' (1983), 'Love Bomb' (1985), 'Genius of America' (1996) and 'Wild in London' (2005)
    Songs include 'White Punks on Dope,' 'Don't Touch Me There,' 'Talk To Ya Later,' 'Mondo Bondage' and 'She's a Beauty'
    Their elaborate stage shows, featuring more than 20 performers, left the band perpetually short of money.
    Spooner said, 'We had to get weird so somebody would notice us.... We got instant negativity so we knew we had something.'
    Waybill said of their fans, 'Some of these kids don't have the faintest idea that the whole thing's a parody.'
    They appeared in the god awful film 'Xanadu.'
    Proving to be well ahead of the times, they got a deal with A&M Records by submitting a 'video demo.' (1974)
    Prince and Cotten were graphic artists who designed album covers and sets for Todd Rundgren, Billy Joel, Styx and Bette Midler.
    They were one of the nominees for the first Grammy given for videos (1981).
    Their live shows were described in Newsweek as combining 'touches of Spike Jones, Monty Python and Chiquita Banana' and satirizing 'everything from TV game shows to rock superstardom.'

Credit: C. Fishel

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