Dec 3: The Who released “My Generation” in 1965

 An explosive debut, and the hardest mod pop recorded by anyone. At the time of its release, it also had the most ferociously powerful guitars and drums yet captured on a rock record. Pete Townshend’s exhilarating chord crunches and guitar distortions threaten to leap off the grooves on “My Generation” and “Out in the Street”; Keith Moon attacks the drums …

October 3: The Who released The Who By Numbers in 1975

The Who by Numbers pretends to be a series of ten unconnected songs, it’s really only a pose; there’s not a story line here, but there are more important unities — lyrical themes, musical and production style, a sense of time and place. … Townshend has now pulled the fastest one of all, disguising his best concept album as a …

September 4: The Who released It’s Hard in 1982

It’s Hard is the tenth studio album by English rock band The Who. It is the last Who album to feature bassist John Entwistle and drummer Kenney Jones, as well as the last to be released on Warner Bros. Records in the US. It was their last album until 2006’s Endless Wire. It was released in 1982 on Polydor in …

August 23: The late great Keith Moon was born in 1946

We lived the life with Keith Moon. It was all Spinal Tap magnified a thousand times. — Roger Daltrey From Wikipedia: Birth name Keith John Moon Born 23 August 1946 Wembley, Middlesex, England Died 7 September 1978 (aged 32) Westminster, London Genres Rock, art rock, hard rock,power pop Occupations Musician, songwriter, producer, actor Instruments Drums, percussion, vocals,bugle, trumpet, tuba Years active 1962–1978 Associated acts The Who, Plastic …

August 14 in music history

August 14: The Who released “Who’s Next” in 1971 (read more) With its acoustic guitars and drumless bits, this triumph of hard rock is no more a pure hard rock album than Tommy. … And… it uses the synthesizer to vary the power trio format, not to art things up. ~Robert Christgau – On Who’s Next, the band crossed that …

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