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“These guys were light years ahead of their time. Prairie Prince – incredible drummer. Fee Waybill – great singer. Mike Cotton, who now has a huge career a set designer – he was a zany, crazy guy, totally brilliant.
“When I produce a record, I roll up my sleeves; I’m not one of those passive guys. I really get in there and make sure every note is measured. I tell the bass player, ‘You have to play it like this,’ or I tell the drummer, ‘It’s got to be like this.’ That’s annoying to a lot of people, and it was annoying to The Tubes. But the results are fabulous.
“She's A Beauty was a smash. Steve Lukather and I wrote it together, and Fee wrote the lyrics. The three of us were way in the zone with the song, but the rest of the band, because they weren’t part of it, they didn’t feel that it was right for the record. Maybe they learned to like it after they got more money for their gigs [laughs] – I don’t know. But it was a great experience working with them. Really talented guys.”