Bookended by Cats was named after Milo and Otis. They are the short, orange, and furry brothers who, upon entering our lives in 2003, often bookended us on our couch. And who are we? We're a geek couple living in PA. We love music, movies, TV, comics, books, and comic cons. And, from time to time, we'll share our thoughts on these nerdy things.

Friday, April 7, 2023

Friday 80s Flashback for April 7, 2023

[Outside Inside] -- On April 4, 1983, The Tubes released their sixth studio album, Outside Inside. That was forty years ago this week! Early releases of the album had embossed lettering for the eye chart-esque title on the front cover, but it was difficult to read; you can see it on Discogs. A later version of the cover printed the eye chart, and the artist and title info, in red and blue, and that's the version that graces this week's post. 

Outside Inside peaked at #18 on the US Billboard Albums chart. Of the three singles, only "She's a Beauty" made it into the top ten, peaking at #10 on Pop Singles and actually topping the Mainstream Rock chart. That was their biggest radio hit. "Tip of My Tongue" has serious power-funk vibes, almost evoking Earth Wind & Fire, but it couldn't crack the top 40. And this record's final single, a cover of "The Monkey Time," is interesting because there are two recorded versions: One features Martha Davis (of The Motels fame), and the other features Michelle Gray, who was one of the band's principal dancers from 1983–1985. I guess you have to check your album's liner notes to determine which version you have. Oh, and I'm pretty sure it's Gray who appears in this video of the song

Non-single standouts for me include "No Not Again," "Fantastic Delusion," and "Drums," that third one being less radio friendly, but certainly wacky and fun.  

FlashbackOutside Inside (April 4, 1983)

And ... that's all till next week. Dedicated 80s-philes can find more flashbacks in the Prophet or Madman archives or via Bookended's 80s Flashback tag. As always, your comments are welcome on today's, or any other, flashback post. And if you like what I'm doing here, please share the link with your friends. If, however, you don't like the flashback, feel free to share it with your enemies.

I'll see you in seven!

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