The Tubes – “White Punks On Dope”

Leave it to The Tubes and Fee Waybill (aka “Quay Lude”) to indict punk music, punk ethos, and the SoCal and NorCal rich kids who played at being punk with an over-the-top glam song like “White Punks on Dope.”

I use the word “indict” with some reservations, since Fee does seem to have a bit of sympathy for the white punks on dope.

We’re white punks on dope
Mom & Dad moved to Hollywood
Hang myself when I get enough rope

Other dudes are living in the ghetto
But born in Pacific Heights don’t seem much betto

I go crazy ’cause my folks are so fucking rich
Have to score when I get that rich white punk itch
Sounds real classy, living in a chateau
So lonely, all the other kids will never know

Despite what YouTube commenters may think, The Tubes are not now and have never been a punk band.

Incidentally I’ve seen these guys live several times in the last few years, and despite their advancing age, or maybe because of it, The Tubes rock. Check ’em out if you get a chance.

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