The Tubes’ first album for Capitol/EMI found them paired with up and coming producer and songwriter, David Foster in search of a more commercial sound. Their A&M albums had been very strong but failed to ignite the charts or expand fan interest beyond their rabid cult. 1981’s The Completion Backward Principle changed all that with “Talk To Ya Later” (an AOR radio smash) and the Top 40 chart success of the single “Don’t Want To Wait Anymore.”
A favorite of many Tubes fans, this is a unique album in their catalog in that it married their quirky songwriting and stage persona with a commercial appeal that would be emphasized more heavily on their next project. The breakout that the band had been searching for with their backs to the wall had finally arrived.
This remastered and expanded release includes B-sides and the follow-up single to the album. Liner notes by noted rock journalist Brett Milano include fresh interviews with band members Fee Waybill and Roger Steen.