It’s Who day suckas! I love THE WHO. They R AWESOME! Live at Leeds alone qualifies them as one of the greatest bands of all time! Yes I know, they were never the same after Moonie died but it doesn’t mean I can’t still love them. It doesn’t mean Pete isn’t one of the greatest song writers of the 20th Century. It doesn’t mean I can’t celebrate them on WHO DAY 2012! Roger, John, Keith & Pete. (and even Kenny). That’s all I’ve got to say.
5:15 – The Who
Quadrophenia is The Who’s greatest accomplishment and assuredly one of the greatest albums in the rock era. The breadth and scope of it’s music and lyrics transcend its era and makes most of the music that was released at that time seem like nursery rhymes. Maybe everything after as well.
Happy Jack – Southern Culture on the Skids
This is an incredible version by SCOtS. Does anyone else think Happy Jack is an incredibly sad song? “They couldn’t prevent Jack from being happy?” Why do “they” want to prevent him from being happy? Why are “they” being cruel? Doesn’t it seem as if Jack is the “slow” man who lives in the neighborhood and he’s being tortured by the local children? Little bastards! When I was growing up “Jack’s” name was “Cecil” and he rode his bike around the city honking at cars (a strange sound he made with his voice) and trying to pull them over to give them tickets for speeding. We didn’t try to prevent him from being happy.
My Generation – Patti Smith
I’ve seen/heard a bazillion bands cover My Generation but I think Patti and band captured the essence of it here. It makes me wish I was still young enough to sing this and not have it be nostalgia.
I Can See For Miles – Marty Stuart and his Fabulous Superlatives
I think this is just great. Hook up with The Old Crow Medicine show and do a faithful rendition of a classic Who song with just enough twang to give it a country seasoning and… well… you’ve done right.
Won’t Get Fooled Again – Richie Havens
If you haven’t heard this… you must. The arrangement is stellar and Richie makes it seem as if he’s preaching to a parking lot filled with people who are sick of being on the outside. Ready to change the world… this is where it starts. The hypnotized never lie.
Celebrate Who Day! Play them loud. On Vinyl. Make your neighbors call the police. It’ll be a good day. Stand up and shout.Yeahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!