Tuesday, September 16, 2014 23:26

Friday Funneh – White Punks On Dope edition

- Wiccapundit


I’ve been burned out on politics for the last few days, so ergo, no posts.  I felt like posting this, ’cause it’s totally cool.  The Tubes were an MTV/video-worthy band that came on the scene 10 years too early.  Often, and wrongly, categorized as punk, the band was actually a collection of superb musicians (keyboardist Vince Welnick went on to play with The Grateful Dead, and drummer Prairie Prince was a session drummer on many other musicians’ records).  Their music ran the gamut from catchy pop (“Talk To Ya Later”) to crunchy rock (“Out of the Business”), to relentlessly grooving Earth,Wind & Fire-style funk (“Tip of My Tongue”), always with an undercurrent of humor and irony.  Here is a video from their early career, playing one of their classics: “White Punks On Dope.”  Satirical and very theatrical.

Lead singer Fee Waybill is playing his frequent onstage persona “Quay Lewd,” a drugged-out, barely coherent glam-rock lead singer with impossibly tall platform shoes.

Other dudes are livin’ in the ghetto.  But born in Beverly Hills don’t seem much… betto.

CLASSIC.

Do yourself a favor and check this band out.  Recommended albums are The Completion Backwards Principle, Outside Inside (with the minor radio hit “She’s A Beauty” and some of the wickedest grooves you’ll ever hear), and Remote Control (a concept album produced by Todd Rundgren).  You will not be disappointed.  Thirty years later, this music still beats the bland dreck that passes for popular music you hear on the radio.

I’ll leave you with the lyrics to “No Mercy” from Remote Control, which seem as pertinent today as they did in 1979:

Well it’s a shame when you got nobody
And it’s a drag when you got no friends
But it’s a worse when you get no mercy
And you’re startin’ all over again

And back in my own world
Nobody bugs me
But down on the shop floor
They show me no mercy

I’ve been down to the railway station
I’ve been over to the taxi stand
I’ve been standing in the lobby of the Hyatt Hotel
But I’ve never seen a helpin’ hand

I’m lookin’ for someone
Not out to get me
I’m keepin’ my guard up
Expectin’ no mercy

No mercy
No pity
There’s no mercy for me
No sympathy

They say it’s just like a gentle rainfall
But it ain’t never rained on me
And back in my own world
Nobody bugs me
But down on the shop floor
They show me no mercy

No mercy
No pity
There’s no mercy for me
No sympathy

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3 Responses to “Friday Funneh – White Punks On Dope edition”

  1. Vesper says:

    The Tubes! Brings back a lot of good memories.

  2. Last I saw Fee Waybill (loved his nick!) was in Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure.

    The platforms….dear goodness that was ridiculous!!!

  3. cmblake6 says:

    I always found them very very good musicians. Glam, but good.

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