The Tubes ‎– Tip Of My Tongue (1983)

The Tubes are a San Francisco-based rock band, whose 1975 debut album included the hit single, “White Punks on Dope”. During its first fifteen years or so, the band’s live performances combined quasi-pornography with wild satires of media, consumerism, and politics.They are perhaps best-remembered for their 1983 single “She’s a Beauty”, a top 10 U.S. hit with a frequently-played music video in the early days of MTV and in the 1980 film Xanadu singing the rock portion of the cross-genre song “Dancin'” opposite a big band.

After the band’s fifth album was rejected by A&M, The Tubes moved to Capitol Records and begun working with David Foster, the resulting album “The Completion Backwards Principle” in 1981 yielded the band’s first hit single, “Talk To Ya Later” which hit #6 on the Billboard US Mainstream Rock chart.

Continuing their partnership with David Foster, The Tubes’ sixth album, titled “Outside Inside”, was released in 1983. The album included a large roster of guest artists including Patti Austin, Martha Davis, Steve Lukather and Steve Porcaro.

The first single from “Outside Inside” was “She’s A Beauty” and this would hit #1 on the Mainstream Rock charts and #10 on the Pop Singles chart. Following up this smash hit was “Tip Of My Tongue” and to further cement their new found place in the pop charts, the 12″ single would contain a dance mix as well as an extended version of the album track “Drums”.

Unfortunately the single would only reach #52 on the US pop charts.

Tip Of My Tongue (Dance Mix)         3:59

Drums                                           4:59

TUBES

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2 comments on “The Tubes ‎– Tip Of My Tongue (1983)

  1. Never knew there was a 12″ for this single.
    Thanks for another introduction, EV!
    Working with David Foster was a good call for The Tubes back in the early 80s.

    • Liked this one so much, I grabbed the recent remaster of The Completion Backward Principle on CD, unfortunately the remaster of Outside Inside did not include either track from this 12″

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