Today’s Music To keep me SsSSAAaaaNnnnNeEEee in Isolation – The Who

This should have been Live at Hull but a glitch in the recording put an end to that. What a brilliant live act!! One of the best!!!!

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Today’s Music to keep me SSsSaaaAAnNNNnEEEEE in Isolation – The Who – Who’s Next

the Who were brilliant – I used to love Keith Moon’s manic drums and Pete Townsend’s antics! So visual and powerful. This is my favourite album. I’ll enjoy playing it today!

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Today’s Music to keep me sane in Lockdown Isolation – The Who!!

Another one of the best bands in the world – so exciting live!!

Keith Moon was a favourite of mine. He made drumming a show all on his own! Nobody did that better!

With Pete Townsend’s his leaps and windmills, Entwhistle’s stolid firmness and Daltrey’s flamboyance, they were the perfect Rock Band. The songs were so exhilarating.

Who’s Next is my favourite album!! So here’s hoping I won’t get fooled again!! I’ll just be talking about my generation! But you know I can’t exzplain.

The Who – real loud and proud!

The Who – Won’t get Fooled Again – lyrics about the futility of war and regime change. Violent revolution changes nothing.

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The sixties was an age of liberation. There was talk of a revolution. The students and workers took to the streets in Paris and set up barricades. Never had there been such a generation gap; such a difference in philosophy between the young who wanted peace, love, equality and a global perspective and the older generation with its paranoia and belligerence.

The Vietnam war had brought it all to a head. The cold war raged and the assured mutual destruction of the nuclear arsenals meant we all lived a few minutes away from annihilation.

We thought there was a better way – global brotherhood.

The trouble is that it is always the psychopathic and sociopathic people who rise to the top. They seem so plausible. They are so coherent; so strong. Once in power they are just the same as the old lot.

The Who summed it up in one of the most powerful songs of its day.

Won’t Get Fooled Again

We’ll be fighting in the streets with our children at our feet
And the morals that they worship will be gone
And the men who spurred us on sit in judgment of all wrong
They decide and the shotgun sings the song

I’ll tip my hat to the new constitution
Take a bow for the new revolution
Smile and grin at the change all around
Pick up my guitar and play, just like yesterday
Then I’ll get on my knees and pray
We don’t get fooled again

The change, it had to come, we knew it all along
We were liberated from the fold, that’s all
And the world looks just the same and history ain’t changed
‘Cause the banners, they are flown in the last war

I’ll tip my hat to the new constitution
Take a bow for the new revolution
Smile and grin at the change all around
Pick up my guitar and play, just like yesterday
Then I’ll get on my knees and pray
We don’t get fooled again, no no

I’ll move myself and my family aside
If we happen to be left half alive
I’ll get all my papers and smile at the sky
Though I know that the hypnotized never lie
Do ya?

There’s nothing in the streets, looks any different to me
And the slogans are replaced, by-the-bye
And the parting on the left is now parting on the right
And the beards have all grown longer overnight

I’ll tip my hat to the new constitution
Take a bow for the new revolution
Smile and grin at the change all around
Pick up my guitar and play, just like yesterday
Then I’ll get on my knees and pray
We don’t get fooled again
Don’t get fooled again, no no

Yeah
Meet the new boss
Same as the old boss

Read more: Who – Won’t Get Fooled Again Lyrics | MetroLyrics

The Who – Opher’s World pays tribute to genius.

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The Who started life as a Mod Beat group in the early sixties with the heavy riffed and highly original ‘I Can’t Explain’. For a number of years they were largely a singles act with a series of diverse and distinctive numbers that headed into the psychedelic market as well as developing an explosive stage act which featured the auto-destruction of equipment and sometimes each other.

As the sixties culminated in the development of the youth counter-culture the Who were one of the bands who made the transition into the Hippie culture and scored hugely with the Rock Opera ‘Tommy’. They weren’t the first Rock outfit to do a Rock Opera – The Pretty Things had that distinction with their SF Sorrow. By this time the Who had established themselves as the most exciting act on the circuit. Their antics were on everyone’s lips. They had it all.

Keith Moon was the most incredible drummer. Not only was he extremely technically proficient but also projected an extremely visual and lively image. Seldom has anyone obscured behind a huge kit managed to become the leading showman of the group. Keith, with his flailing arms, huge personality, popping eyes and pouting mouth managed just that. Not only did he sound great but you couldn’t tear your eyes off him.

Pete Townsend on guitar had to pull out all the stops to stay with him and get a little attention for himself. He became one of the most sensational guitarists and leading exponent of that combined rhythm and lead. He filled in all the riffs and blazed out scorching lead runs and did it all while leaping half a mile in the air with bent knees or wind milling his arms like a demented propeller or performing a series of antics that rivalled Jimi Hendrix. It usually ended in him smashing his guitar and gouging it into the amps and mic-stand. The cost of repairing and replacing equipment almost bankrupted them but it certainly got the crowd going.

Roger Daltry, with his long corkscrew hair flying, bright blue eyes and microphone antics not only had the voice but also commanded the stage in a way that caught the eye. He strut around with the tassels on his jackets flying, his chest bare and fling the microphone out like a lasso in a circle over the audience hauling it back in and catching it. It was awesome.

John Entwhistle had obviously long ago decided that there was more than enough histrionics in one band and stood stock still living up to his name ‘The Ox’. Yet he delivered the most incredible bass in a fashion never heard before. He played the bass as a lead instrument creating a style that changed Rock Music.

They were almost unbeatable. You got three top showmen for the price of one. Even with the loss of first Keith and then John they were still formidable. The quality of the songs held it together.

Neither Tommy or Quadrophenia were my favourites. I preferred the incredible ‘Who’s Next’. What an album.