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1006: The Distance Around
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If you quiz them, then you'll test Twobes ...

A little music trivia: this is the kind of song that I enjoy on the radio, but never bought the entire album (which is what they had back then). It's because of this that even though I've heard the song Talk to You Later many, many times over the (multiple periods of ten) years, it wasn't until about a week ago that I actually knew who sung the song. I might've had a couple of guesses, but they would've been wrong because I don't remember ever hearing the name The Tubes before.

The Tubes, and this song, have an interesting place in music history. A long time ago, in the early days of MTV -- you know, back when they played Music -- the network didn't air in places like NY or LA. It did, however, air on cable TV in places like Tulsa, OK. By co-incidence, Talk to You Later sold out in Tulsa despite not getting any airplay at all on the radio. MTV took full credit for this and went to music studios and told them that they needed to produce videos to advertise their records ... and give them to MTV.

The rest is History. As in thing that happened in the past because no one makes albums any more, MTV doesn't play music, and videos go straight to YouTube these days. (Or whatever the next thing after that is.)


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