This is one of the most popular tracks on the first Tubes album, which was released by A&M Records. The band didn't sell a lot of albums, but drew huge crowds to their live shows, which were not traditional concerts. They used video monitors and a troupe of dancers to bring a visual element to the songs, with themes like guerilla warrior and Hawaiian luau. "What Do You Want From Life" was the opener to their 1975 concerts, with an extended intro that played for a while before Fee Waybill emerged in a white tuxedo. During the instrumental breaks and at the end, he would throw random items into the crowd.
The band sold out a New Year's Eve show at the Winterland Ballroom in San Francisco that year, but their act didn't translate to album sales. A&M dropped them in 1981 - bad timing because MTV went on the air that year. Capitol picked them up, and the group released two hit albums, The Completion Backward Principle
(1981) and Outside Inside
(1983), goosed by the MTV hits "Talk To Ya Later
" and "She's A Beauty