The Who

The Who

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Only a handful of bands are recognized as among the greatest of all time. Everyone knows the short list, and invariably, The Who is on it. Since joining together in 1963, The Who has consistently created engaging and challenging music, much of it defying easy categorization. That the…more


Trivia and Quotes

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  • Quotes

    • John Entwistle: We'll open for anyone, we are just looking to play.

    • John Entwistle: I got a couple on per album but my problem was that I wanted to sing the songs and not let Roger sing them.

    • John Entwistle: I don't mind doing the Who tours when they come along but I want to get out there and play.

    • Keith Moon: I was a rust repairer. I was a rust repairer and full-time survivor. I survived all the major earthquakes, and the Titanic, and several air crash.

    • Roger Daltrey: We were too rough at the edges to be a pop group.

    • Roger Daltrey: I feel it went downhill during the later part of the '70's when Pete actually attained that position of being the leader and being the insular writer, writing everything, producing demos.

    • Roger Daltrey: And of course I personified Tommy. I was the guy who used to play the part. I played the damn part for five years.

    • Roger Daltrey: All you could do was to see them. We were backstage when the Beatles were on and you could just about hear a noise. It was just literally screaming.

    • Pete Townshend: Everything that I had done creatively related to two or three incidents that happened to me when I was a child that I'd forgotten. Everything, absolutely everything.

    • Pete Townshend: I'm only interested in rites of passage stories.

    • Pete Townshend: If the music in Quadrophenia is Wagnerian it's because I was listening to music that I thought had that awful grandiosity.

    • Pete Townshend: A lot of our audience are in their 50s. But they want me to pretend to continue to be pretending.

    • Pete Townshend (about the fans at a show): I'll throw guitar pics at the end. Like scraps to savages, I swear.. Sometimes people hold stuff up in the middle of the show they want you to sign!

    • Pete Townshend (about starting the 2006 tour at the same venue of the famous 1970 album): It's so great to be back. I haven't been here for ages and I love it in Leeds. This is the perfect, perfect venue to start this tour, I'm so happy.

    • Pete Townshend (About the heat at the concert at Leeds in 2006): This is heart attack stuff, but I'm not going to be the cunt that has one...

  • Baba O'Riley.

    Out here in the fields

    I fight for my meals

    I get my back into my living

    I dont need to fight

    To prove Im right

    I dont need to be forgiven

    Dont cry

    Dont raise your eye

    Its only teenage wasteland

    Sally ,take my hand

    Travel south crossland

    Put out the fire

    Dont look past my shoulder

    The exodus is here

    The happy ones are near

    Lets get together

    Before we get much older

    Teenage wasteland

    Its only teenage wasteland

    Teenage wasteland

    Oh, oh

    Teenage wasteland

    Theyre all wasted! . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .moreless
  • Best of the best.

    The Who is most definitely in my top five greatest and most loved bands of all time. They are brilliant!

    The songs, the sound, the image, the whole "rock opera" concept ... where would music be today if it hadn't been for bands like The Who?

    I have been a fan of their music for over 25 years, and I plan to listen to them forever. I doubt any future group will ever be able to top them or their fellow 60's icons such as The Beatles, Rolling Stones, Led Zepplin, ect..moreless