We’re still in the same era here, 1975 that is. This one is perhaps a bit more obscure, not a big hit single per se, and not a lot written about the production. So this one is more of a listen-and-see-what-you-think and give-your-opinion piece. It’s very personally meaningful to me, so a bit indulgent perhaps, but I think there’s a lot here to appreciate. The Tubes were an act that came out of San Francisco, and were quite original with varied musical styles and a mix of comedy and burlesque (including nudity on stage at times) woven into their act. The lead singer even did some acting for different characters, the most notorious being Quay Lewd, an over-the-top drugged-out rock star caricature standing on ridiculously tall platform shoes.
From their debut album, The Tubes, “What Do You Want From Life” asks the important existential questions that keep us up at night. The deep soul searching of philosophical essays. Nah, it’s way more fun than that, it may even tickle your funny bone! BTW, supposedly the first “rap” ever done was by Blondie on “Rapture” (1977), and while this may simply be spoken/sung word in one part, I think it’s a hell of a verbal spiel.
One interesting note on production is that the producer was Al Kooper, and for those of you that aren’t familiar with The Tubes, you probably know about Al’s work from that era if you follow such things.