Thursday, June 22, 2017

Episode 310: Fee Waybill

Episode 310: Fee Waybill
Pat travels out of the "F-ing Valley" and heads beach side to record with legendary singer of The Tubes, Fee Waybill.
From June 22, 2017

With your host:

Pat Francis

Liner Notes

  • 00:00 - Pat is recording solo at a remote location in Venice, California with legendary lead singer of The Tubes, Fee Waybill. Kyle was held up at work, so Pat is producing as well. Fee lives in a small house and gave away most everything. He does have a few boxes of mostly Tubes costumes and shit in his wife Elizabeth’s garage.
  • 00:03 - Fee has boxes of Tubes tapes as well. Pat think they should be archived or released someday.
  • 00:04 - Mike Cotton and Prairie Prince have been the archivists. Prairie is now the guy to go tons. He has lots of pictures and posters. There is so much stuff.
  • 00:08 - Fee likes David Killingsworth. Dave and Fee moved to San Francisco together. Fee talks about getting busted for smuggling and how Dave saved him.
  • 00:09 - Fee moved to Jerome, Arizona with a bunch of hippies when he was 19 before he moved to San Francisco with Dave. Lived in an abandoned miner shack.
  • 00:13 - Fee owns 5 horses and plays polo. One is retired at a farm and the others at the California Polo Club. Fee explains about playing polo.
  • 00:17 - Baseball talk
  • 00:19 - Fee talks about how he got into music with the Red, White and Blue Band in the summer of 1969. Fee was supposed to be the log player. He was a singer all his life and had no idea about instruments and gear. Was a glorifed roadie and never did play any logs.
  • 00:24 - Fee talks baout their gig at Expo '70 in Osaka, Japan. The name at the time of the Expo was Arizon. The gig was 6 weeks and had too much rice. Leads into Fee talking about how the Tubes were formed. Bill's band, The Beans, would go on as a quartet for 30 minutes and then they would bring on The Radar Men from Uranus (Fee, Roger, and Prairie) dressed as space men (with silver antenna). They were a 7 man bandwith with two managers, eight roadies, and no money. Briefly went by the name Beanazona (the name of the two bands combined), and then The Beans, before they finally came up with The Tubes.
  • 00:31 - The story of how they came up with the name The Tubes (as the storie goes) and their dog Sandwitch's role.
  • 00:34 - The first album gets made. It was made in LA and they were signed with A&M Records after everyone turned them down. They were signed after a being seen video tape. After they were signed, they painted the A&M offices.
  • 00:41 - Talk of female vocalists involvement since the very beginning. Aloso talk that Fee has done Rocky Horror as Frankfuter at the Barn Theater, a summer stock theater, in Augusta, MI over 100 times.
  • 00:47 - The Tubes are pobably biggest in London today, but back in the day they were biggest in Portugal. There were riots when they played in Lisbon. In the Remote Control era they got a gig at the Knebworth festival with Frank Zappa. The Tubes ended up headlining the show. Instead of using a motorcycle during the show during the song Don't Touch Me There they have an idea to use a car. Nothing could go wrong... right?
  • 00:56 - Fee's day job is propery management. The Tubes gig's do not allow enough money to have all his horses. He's not BonJovi... yet. He manages 1,000,000 sq ft of commercial property. It gives him enough extra money for his horse habit.
  • 01:01 - Where did the name Fee come from? David Killingsworth gave him the name. Started calling him Fiji, then it was shortened to Feej, and then finally just Fee.
  • 01:04 - Zoot Suit talk
  • 01:07 - Todd Rundgren produced the albums Remote Control and Love Bomb. Pat and Fee talk about Todd's influence on those albums and how that almost killed The Tubes.
  • 01:09 - The story of how drugs were the downfall of The Tubes.
  • 01:10 - Back to Todd talk. Nothing was written or prepared for Remote Control. They just went into the studio wrote, recorded, played it again and moved on. The album didn't sell well and the relationship with A&M was getting strained. The Black Album came out of this and was not released. They left A&M and moved to Capital records with a 3 record deal.
  • 01:14 - They got hooked up to do The Completion Principle with David Foster. Needed an anthem and they weren't coming up with anything so Fee, David and Steve Lukather wrote Talk To You Later in secret.
  • 01:29 - They start working with Foster again but things are going great. Using lots of other bassists while recording. They still don't have a hit for the new record so Fee, David and Lukather sit down again and write She's a Beauty.
  • 01:37 - After the second record with Foster there are more drugs. Foster tells the band he wants 4 songs from himself, Fee, and Lukather on the new record and the band freaks out. The band fired Foster against everyones advice. Fee records a solo record with Foster.
  • 01:44 - The Tubes are released by Capital in April after two huge albums. The last tour (Love Bomb) was a disaster without promotion. After the tour Fee threatens to quit the band. They have no money, they couldn't pay all of their bills for the tour. Fee tookover and fired all the support staf. The band went out to smaller venues and Fee took all the money and started making deals and paying people off. When everything was paid off Fee quit.
  • 01:55 - Fee starts writing for Richard Marks.
  • 02:02 - The Tubes get back together because of a tour in Europe but only if Fee is in the band. They did 60 shows in Europe. The drugs weren't happening anymore. Everything went fine and they have been together ever since.
  • 2:10 - Fee always did acupuncture for his voice while on the road.
  • 2:14 - Pat gets the scoop on why the Tubes do the Meet and Great after their club shows
  • 2:26 - Pat thanks Fee for allowing him to come and record.

Time Song Album Artist Who
00:33:40White Punks on DopeThe TubesThe TubesPat
00:38:26What Do You Want From LifeThe TubesThe TubesPat
00:39:54Tubes World TourYoung and RichThe TubesPat
00:48:29Don't Touch Me ThereYoung and RichThe TubesPat
01:03:07Hit ParadeNowThe TubesPat
01:06:30Love's a Mystery (I Don't Understand)Remote CotrolThe TubesPat
01:13:43Dreams Come TrueRemote Cotrol [Remastered]The TubesPat
01:16:49Don't Want to Wait AnymoreThe Completion Backwards PrincipleThe TubesPat
01:22:48Talk to You LaterThe Completion Backwards PrincipleThe TubesPat
01:29:00Sports FansThe Completion Backwards Principle [Remastered]The TubesPat
01:33:39She's a BeautyOutside InsideThe TubesPat
01:34:37The Monkey TimeOutside InsideThe TubesPat
01:41:13You're Still LaughingRead My LipsFee WaybillPat
01:43:10Piece by PieceLove BombThe TubesPat
02:06:32Genius of AmericaGenius of AmericaThe TubesPat
02:07:45How Can You Live With YourselfGenius of AmericaThe TubesPat
02:17:32Love LineTubes World Tour 2001The TubesPat
02:27:41Tube TalkThe Completion Backwards Principle [Remastered]The TubesPat

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