Fabulous Thunderbirds – Wrap It Up / Tuff Enuff

I couldn’t pick between these two songs from The Fabulous Thunderbirds so I thought we would have two songs today. I love the riff that kicks off Wrap It Up. It was a minor hit for The Fabulous Thunderbirds in 1986. The band featured Jimmy Vaughan on guitar who was the older brother of Stevie Ray Vaughan. This band helped a blues revival in the 1980’s that included Robert Cray and SRV.

I must admit when I heard these songs for the first time I liked them a lot. I thought the band would have more hits.

The Fabulous Thunderbirds didn’t just hit out of nowhere. They formed in 1974 with original members Jimmie Vaughan, Kim Wilson (singer), Keith Ferguson, and Mike Buck. Austin vocalist Lou Ann Barton also performed occasionally with the group during its early years.

These two songs were on their 5th album Tuff Enuff, produced by Dave Edmunds. The album peaked at #13 on the Billboard Album charts, and eventually went platinum. It was their breakout album and one they could not duplicate.

Tuff Enuff and Wrap It Up received heavy airplay on MTV. That was the secret of success in the 1980s…if you have MTV pushing… you would probably be alright.

Tuff Enuff peaked at #10 in the Billboard 100 in 1986 and Wrap It Up peaked at #55 in the Billboard 100.

They are still touring today with Kim Wilson (lead singer) the only original member left. Jimmie left the band in 1990 to work with his brother. Stevie and Jimmie made an album together that was released in 1990 called Family Style. It was released on September 25, 1990, and Stevie died a month before on August  27, 1990.

Art Honoring Stevie Ray Vaughan and Jimmie Vaughan Planned for Dallas –  Billboard

Stevie Ray Vaughan talks about his older brother Jimmie:

“Jimmie would leave his guitars around the house and tell me not to touch ’em. And that’s basically how I got started. I actually wanted to be a drummer, but I didn’t have any drums. So I just go into what was available to me at the time.”

“I was little brother, especially then” 

“What happened was he was moving ahead a little faster than me and I guess I was dragging it down a bit, so that didn’t work out too well. But I think with any brothers there’s a period of time when the little brother always gets in the way. That’s just brother-to-brother shit. It wasn’t anything between us that lasted. Hell, now we can’t see enough of each other.”

After being told that Jimmie brags on him in interviews Stevie said…”Well, I think he’s the better guitar player – so there.”

Eric Clapton just announced a tour with Jimmie Vaughan later this summer in the US.

Wrap It Up

I’ve been watchin’ you for days now baby
I just love your sexy ways now baby
You know our love will never stop now baby
Just put your lovin’ in my box now baby

Wrap it up I’ll take it
Wrap it up I’ll take it

Well no more will I shop around now baby
I know I got the best thing in town now baby
I’ve seen all I want to see now baby
Bring your lovin’ straight to me now baby

Wrap it up I’ll take it
Wrap it up I’ll take it
Wrap it up I’ll take it
Wrap it up I’ll take it

Well I’m gonna treat you like the queen you are
Bring you sweet things from my candy jar
You’ve got tricks you ain’t never used
Give it, give it to me, it won’t be abused

I’ve been watchin’ you for days now baby
I just love your sexy ways now baby
You know our love will never stop now baby
Just put your lovin’ in my box now baby

Wrap it up I’ll take it
Wrap it up I’ll take it
Wrap it up I’ll take it
Wrap it up I’ll take it

Wrap wrap
Wrap wrap
Wrap

Wrap it up I’ll take it
Wrap it up I’ll take it
Wrap it up I’ll take it
Wrap it up I’ll take it

Wrap it up I’ll take it
Wrap it up I’ll take it
Wrap it up I’ll take it

Author: Badfinger (Max)

Power Pop fan, Baseball fan, old movie and tv show fan... and a songwriter, bass and guitar player.

33 thoughts on “Fabulous Thunderbirds – Wrap It Up / Tuff Enuff”

  1. I like both of those songs. I think I might have mentioned before that my cousin and I got “approached” by some of the band (Kim and I’m not sure who else) at a “swimming hole” in Austin way back around 1980 when I drove down there with her so we could visit with her family. We turned them down as my cousin wasn’t having any of that. Ah the good old days. I’ve seen Kim around in taped shows (e.g. that big blues one with Buddy Guy) and see he’s bald now. He’s still a good musician. Very interesting to hear Eric and Jimmy will be touring. Eric has also been a good mentor/collaborator to/with another one of my favorite blues guitarists, Doyle Bramhall II.

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    1. Oh cool story! How was Austin in those days? I bet it was pretty cool. I always wanted to go there.
      I would love to catch Eric and Jimmie… Jimmie will always be over shadowed by his brother but he is a great guitar player.

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      1. At that time it was a college town. I remember a section where it was some number of blocks with bars on both sides of the street and one big party. I also remember the night we went there some dude stalking us from place to place. Finally we turned around and gave him the staredown and he dispersed.

        I would love to see Eric Clapton live just once, but I don’t see it happening.

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      2. Yea I would imagine there was a lot of partying then… and probably now but probably not as wild… the old staredown!

        I’ve seen Clapton twice. In a three week span I saw Clapton, Santana, and Robin Trower… great guitar month!

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    1. I heard both of them played around the same time in our area…I don’t know why but I always favored Wrap It Up…but I like both.

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    1. I actually saw them on MTV back in the day…it surprised me to say the least in the land of synth and hair metal…I loved it.

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      1. Always cool when a working band like that can make some cash. Similar to Geils finally cashing in later in their career. T-Birds were such a good solid band. Like Ire good. said, those tunes a

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      2. After all the bars they played yea…they deserved the payoff. Reminds me of the Replacements…they didn’t make much when they were together but those tours from 2012-2015…they made some serious coin…they deserved it.

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      3. Funny you should mention the Replacements. I’ve been on a listening jag for the last few days. Going into the solo work now. Good to hear they made some $$$ they are good. To my ear anyways and I know to yours also.

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      4. I’ve been listening to Dead Man’s Pop…they released it in 2019 I think. It is their Don’t Tell A Soul album with the original mixes. They took the shine off of them. I think they have it posted on youtube as well.

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      5. I am getting to that one. Ive left a few of their compilations and reissues for the end. Just catching the vibe of my journey with the music and the stuff I missed. Recently did the same with JJ Cale and the Waterboys. T-Birds will get the treatment

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  2. “Tuff Enough” I remember , I didn’t think I knew “Wrap it Up’ until I played and got to the chorus, then it sounded familiar. I actually like it quite a bit better than ‘Tuff enough’. Ahh the 80s… I know I sound like a broken record but the great thing was the diversity of sounds and styles on radio and on TV. This is another example of a band that honestly, I’d get tired of very quickly if there were dozens of soundalikes being played, but I quite liked hearing now and again.

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    1. I do think the better stuff the mass public missed… REM and the Replacements until REM made it big. There was another world going on and they didn’t know about it.

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  3. I remember hearing Tuff Enuff back then and thinking, “This is different, and I like it.” It was a very welcome change from the other stuff on the radio at that time. I liked Wrap it Up a lot too. it had a catchier flow to it I think.

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      1. Oh yea! I meant to mention that one… Porkys…man that will always be connected to my high school days. I’ll check it out

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