THE WHO

 my generation – 1967

the whoOne of the most influential rock bands of the 20th century, selling over 100 million records worldwide and establishing their reputation equally on live shows and studio work.  The band was famous for destroying their equipment and explosive climaxes.

This is a must see performance!

Unheard of at the time, at the conclusion of performing “My Generation”, “The Who” destroys their instruments and uses explosives for a pyrotechnic effect.  This is the famous ‘dynamite in the drum kit’ performance which caused Townshend to be partially deaf in one ear.

It was 1967 when The Who appeared on the controversial “Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour”.  It was a ground breaking show that featured musical artists that other comedy-variety shows rarely gave airtime to due to the nature of their music or their political affiliations. This set includes “I Can See For Miles and Miles”, “My Generation”, an intro by Tommy Smothers and a short commentary by brother Dick Smothers at the finale.

THE WHO 1967

People try to put us d-down (Talkin’ ’bout my generation)
Just because we get around (Talkin’ ’bout my generation)
Things they do look awful c-c-cold (Talkin’ ’bout my generation)
I hope I die before I get old (Talkin’ ’bout my generation)

This is my generation
This is my generation, baby

Why don’t you all f-fade away (Talkin’ ’bout my generation)
And don’t try to dig what we all s-s-say (Talkin’ ’bout my generation)
I’m not trying to cause a big s-s-sensation (Talkin’ ’bout my generation)
I’m just talkin’ ’bout my g-g-g-generation (Talkin’ ’bout my generation)

This is my generation
This is my generation, baby

Why don’t you all f-fade away (Talkin’ ’bout my generation)
And don’t try to d-dig what we all s-s-say (Talkin’ ’bout my generation)
I’m not trying to cause a b-big s-s-sensation (Talkin’ ’bout my generation)
I’m just talkin’ ’bout my g-g-generation (Talkin’ ’bout my generation)

This is my generation
This is my generation, baby

People try to put us d-down (Talkin’ ’bout my generation)
Just because we g-g-get around (Talkin’ ’bout my generation)
Things they do look awful c-c-cold (Talkin’ ’bout my generation)
Yeah, I hope I die before I get old (Talkin’ ’bout my generation)

This is my generation
This is my generation, baby

ROLLING STONE June 2004: The guitar-smashing incident at the Railway Hotel in 1964 is one of Rolling Stone magazine’s “50 Moments That Changed the History of Rock ‘n’ Roll.”

quotes:

Pete Townsend. “I started to bang my guitar around and experiment with it. And it broke. A few people giggled, and I thought, Fuck, it’s broken, so I might as well finish the thing off.'”

“I don’t really know any other musicians like me. I grew up backstage with my dad who played in a post-war dance band, so I always feel at home at a venue.”

“No one knows what it’s like to be the bad man, the be the sad man, behind blue eyes..

read more:

THE WHO’S OFFICIAL WEB SITE “The UK release featured an iconic front sleeve, taken at Surrey Docks in south east London by Decca Records’ photographer David Wedgbury, featuring an aerial view of the four members of The Who gazing skywards, a pose that other bands, Blondie, The Jam and The Undertones amongst them, copied in almost perfect pastiches years later.”

“the best base guitarist in history”

“Although groups had used synthesizers before, the Who were one of the first to integrate the sound into a basic rock structure.”

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