The Tubes’ Re Styles are dead at 72

Former Tubes frontman Re Styles died aged 72 on April 17, multiple outlets have confirmed.

Born Shirley Macleod in the Netherlands in 1950, she was a model who appeared in Playboy and Penthouse by the time she met Tubes drummer Prairie Prince in the mid-’70s. The pair developed a relationship and Styles became the band’s costume designer before moving into stage act and then taking on duties voice.

She is probably best known for playing the female lead in the hit ‘Prime Time’ from the 1979 album. Remote, produced by Todd Rundgren. “‘Prime Time’ wasn’t originally a duo,” said frontman Fee Waybill Gold mine in 2013. “Originally, it was a song that Re sang by herself. The record company said, “We want this to be the single, but we can’t release a single with a female singer who isn’t familiar to anyone who knows the Tubes”. You have to put Fee on it. So we had to come back after the recording was finished and re-record this song as a duet.

Watch Re Styles perform ‘Prime Time’ with The Tubes

Styles was seen in a 1980 film Xanadu alongside the Tubes, but by the time they released their fifth album The principle of backward completion the same year, she was no longer a member. Noise11 said she continued her creative career working as a landscape gardener, interior designer, party planner and florist.

In 2019, Waybill confirmed that the group remained in contact with her. “Re’s last tour was in 1979 and at that time she was in bad shape,” he told Vintage Rock. “She was drinking too much and she didn’t really want to tour anymore. So she kind of left the group at that point… She was a really talented girl. Really talented.

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