Friday, May 15, 2009

"Won't get fooled again" by the Who.

There is only way to listen to this one - at 11.

Pete Townsend's windmill powercords and first dabblings at the synthesizer, Keith Moon's animal like drumming, Entwhistle's understated and steady bass chords and of course the single best scream in Rock and Roll by Roger Daltry.

This is four pieces held together despite shearing and turbulence.

This song was supposed to be part of an overall piece like Tommy and Quadrophenia named lifehouse but when that fell through it was put on the subsequent Who's Next along with other lifehouse refugees like Baba O'Riley.

Thematically it captures a Ecclesiastical futility of revolution with lines like the "change it had to come, we knew it all along" and "meet the boss, same as the old boss". In it Townsend just decides to ignore politics and revolution and "pick up his guitar and play".

And play he does. This song is frantic ride on a junkyard built supersonic jet fighter that screams across the sky overhead yeaaaaaaaaaaah!

The real thrill of the ride is you know it could explode under you at any moment and eventually the Who did just that.

This was the final song that the original line ever play together live.

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