Saturday, August 02, 2008

FOR NO GOOD REASON: The Tubes’ “PRIME TIME"


It came up on the iPod shuffle this afternoon while I was finishing up my schoolwork and I had to listen to it several times in a row—one of the big tracks from the keen Todd Rundgren-produced concept album Remote Control, "Prime Time" is about as seductive and instantly memorable a pop song as the ‘80s ever produced (the album was actually released in 1979, but who’s counting), with unbeatably smoky come-on vocals by Re Styles that resided just this side of porn parody. And then there’s the familiar music clip, a great, insane relic of the nascent age of music video and a test of the viewer’s ability to endure the visual dichotomy of Styles’ salacious beauty slammed up against Fee Waybill’s somewhat more grotesque visage. Can your heart stand the shocking fact of Waybill’s disembodied head whispering sweet nothings in the song’s spoken-word interlude? Press play and find out.

2 comments:

Filmbrain said...

Dennis --

I can not thank you enough for this post. I'm a massive Tubes fan, and had completely forgotten about this video.

One of these days I'm going to have to get all my Tubes material on VHS transferred to digital. (I actually bought the Completion Backwards Video.)

The work they did with Rundgren was great -- I'm still a huge fan of Love Bomb!

Thanks again!

Dennis Cozzalio said...

My pleasure, Andrew. It was literally like a ghost reaching out at me from my past when this song came on the iPod, so I had to immediately go searching for the video. I'm glad someone understands!