Looking to break out of the commercial funk that had plagued
the band since their brilliant debut, The Tubes looked to
wunderkind producer and band friend Todd Rundgren, to
oversee their next record. The Tubes managed to reinvent
themselves (yet again), creating an album every bit as
sophisticated and irreverent as their past releases, but
with a new level of musicality and accessibility. But was it
The band devised a concept album based upon the theme, with
tongue firmly in cheek, that television wasnít making any of
its devotees any smarter as they experienced the programming
they were being bombarded with in the late seventies. The
album features the Tubes classics, Prime Time, TV is King
and Love's A Mystery (I Donít Understand).
This expanded edition of the album includes all new
mastering by Vic Anesini and a new essay with fresh
interviews with the current and past band members by Ralph
Chapman. The release is expanded with four unreleased
tracks, chosen by the band's Fee Waybill, excerpted from
their final A&M album submission. That unreleased album has
come to be known alternately as either the "Black Album" or
"Suffer For Sound".
TURN ME ON
TV IS KING
I WANT IT ALL NOW
NO WAY OUT
ONLY THE STRONG SURVIVE
LOVEíS A MYSTERY (I DONĒT UNDERSTAND)
DREAMS COME TRUE
DONíT ASK ME
The ethos of Iconoclassic Records is perfectly captured in
the company's name. Iconoclassic Records reissues classic
titles by iconic artists, many of whom have handled their
careers in an uncompromising, iconoclastic manner.
A CD reissue label focused on rock, pop, and R&B music of
the 1970s and '80s, Iconoclassic Records specializes in
notable albums that have never been released on CD, as well
as classic titles that have fallen out of print. [more]
Are the CDs remastered?
Yes, all Iconoclassic Records CDs are digitally remastered
from the original master tapes by award winning engineers,
such as Grammyģ winner Vic Anesini, who remastered Laura
Nyro's Nested and Season of Lights. Check out photos from the mastering session
on the Nested album page.
Are the original album graphics included in the
Yes, Iconoclassic reproduces all the imagery and text from
the original LP front and back covers and inner sleeves. In
addition, we frequently add newly written liner notes and
additional photographs from the appropriate time periods.