In 1967 Pete Townshend coined the phrase Power Pop to describe The Who sixties singles sound.
The Who were inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame in 1990.
For a period, John Entwistle wore a Halloween-style skeleton suit in concert.
The US tour supporting the Quadrophenia featured a legendary November 20, 1973 San Francisco concert where drummer Keith Moon passed out twice during the show and was replaced by a member of the audience.
In the early days, Daltrey was briefly kicked out of the The Who for insulting the other members and getting in a lot of physical fights with them to.
Moon was always trying to sneak into the vocal recordings. In "Happy Jack," you can hear Townshend at the end of the song yelling, "I saw ya!"
The Who are the first band known for destroying their instruments at the end of a live show. Keith Moon would often load his drums with explosives.
Regardless of their incredible success, The Who NEVER had a number 1 hit single.
"The Seeker" is featured on the video game Guitar Hero 3.
"Baba O' Reilly" is on the soundtrack for the movie "Invincible."
"Bargain" is played on Chevorlet commericals.
The Who is ranked number 4 on MTV's top 50 classic rock groups.
"Love Reign O'er Me" is ranked number 470 on rock.com's top 500 classic rock songs.
"Magic Bus" is ranked number 423 on rock.com's top 500 classic rock songs.
"I Can See For Miles" is ranked number 324 on rock.com's top 500 classic rock songs.
"Bargain" is ranked number 225 on rock.com's top 500 classic rock songs.
"Baba O' Reilly" is ranked number 110 on rock.com's top 500 classic rock songs.
"Pinball Wizard" is ranked number 86 on rock.com's top 500 classic rock songs.
"Behind Blue Eyes" is ranked number 56 on rock.com's top 500 classic rock songs.
"Who Are You" is ranked number 80 on rock.com's top 500 classic rock songs.
"Won't Get Fooled Again" is ranked number 32 on rock.com's top 500 classic rock songs.
"My Generation" is ranked number 24 on rock.com's top 500 classic rock songs.
The Who is ranked number 3 on rock.com's top 25 classic rock bands.
The Who is #8 on VH1's 100 Greatest Artist of Hard Rock.
On September 21st, 2006, a limited run channel on Sirius, will consist entirely of 5 generations of The Who's music. It will feature live broadcasts of The Who's Tour.
A Quick One (Happy Jack) was ranked 383 in the Rolling Stone article 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.
Quadrophenia was ranked as 266 in the Rolling Stone article 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.
The Who Sings My Generation was ranked 236 in the Rolling Stone article 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.
Live at Leeds was ranked 170 in the Rolling Stone article 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.
The Who Sell Out was ranked 113 in the Rolling Stone article 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.
Who's Next was ranked 28 in the Rolling Stone article 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.
Tommy was ranked 96 in the Rolling Stone article 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.
In 1970, The Who released Live at Leeds. This is commonly referred to as the greatest live rock album ever.
The Who Sell Out is a concept album that plays as if you are listening to the radio. It includes jingles and commercials.
It is rumored that Hendrix set his guitar on fire at the Monterey Pop Festival, because he had to go onstage after Pete Townshend and The Who.
The Who were one of two UK bands to play at the Monterey Pop Festival in June of 1967.
The Who's first hit single was "I Can't Explain" in 1965.
They were one of the most succesful Mod bands in Britain.
The Who are #9 on VH1's 100 Greatest Artists of Rock N Roll.
The Who are #8 on VH1's 100 Greatest Artists of Hard Rock.
Keith Moon is one of the drummers in the video that Freddy Jones is told to watch in the movie School of Rock.
Pete Townshend's signature move is called The Windmill, he strums the guitar with his arm out straight and going around in circles.
Daltrey's stuttering in "My Generation" is meant to emulate a person addicted to meth.
The Who song "Won't Get Fooled Again" is the theme song for the TV show CSI: Miami.
The Who song "Who Are You" is the theme song for the show CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, and was in the movie Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle when they parody CSI.
The Who hit song "Baba O' Reilly" is the theme song for the TV show CSI: New York.
Keith Moon was responsible for The Who being banned from every Holiday Inn for life in the United States after creating a ruckus while celebrating his 20th birthday at the Flint, Michigan.
Rock historians credit The Who as being the very first punk rock band. They are often called, "The Godfathers of Punk."
The Who Compilations:
Magic Bus: The Who On Tour - 1968
Meaty Beaty Big And Bouncy - 1971
Odds And Sods - 1974
Join Together - 1982
Who's Missing - 1985
Two's Missing - 1987
The Who: Then And Now - 2004
In 1968, The Who released their first collection album entitled Magic Bus: The Who On Tour. The album is not live, as the title would imply.
In 1981, The Who released Face Dances. It was the first studio album with Kenney Jones on drums.
The Who's studio albums:
My Generation - 1965
A Quick One - 1966
The Who Sell Out - 1967
Tommy - 1969
Live At Leeds - 1970
Who's Next? - 1971
Quadrophenia - 1973
The Who By Numbers - 1975
Who Are You - 1978
Face Dances - 1981
It's Hard - 1982
Endless Wire - 2006
Pete, John, and Roger were originally in a band together called The Detours.
The Who's members were also known for their attire they used to wear on stage for their concerts.
Entwistle of The Who passed away on June 27, 2002. The results of his death were determined to have been death from a heart attack which resulted for a Cocaine overdose.
Pino Palladino replaced Entwistle as the bass guitarist for The Who.
Zak Starkey is the replacement for Moon in the new band members of The Who.
The Who will begin touring again in 2006. This will be their first tour since 2002.
Daltrey and Townshend shared the vocal leads when performing songs for The Who.
All The Who's members were also noted as being outstanding vocalists. With the exception of Moon who could not sing a note.
Entwistle from The Who is known as being one of the best bassists of all time.
Townshend of The Who has the reputation for being one of the greatest guitarists of his time for his riffs and power chords.
The member of The Who gained notoriety for their work. Moon is remembered as one of the greatest drummer's of all time.
The Who was different than most bands of it's time when vocals were the attraction. The Who concentrated on their instrumental portions of their music. Often times the Drums, or Guitar or even the bass would have the leads in their songs.
In the early years, The Who was known as the Power Trio. That is until Roger Daltrey joined. Roger didn't play an instrument but could sing. He on occasion would play the tambourine or the harmonica.
At the time when The Who got together all the band member were with other bands.
The Who recorded and used Albert and Epic Records as their labels.
The Who's origin was from London, England.
The Who's classic performances and basically the band itself ended when Keith Moon died.
The Who was also known for Keith Moon's antics in hotel rooms after shows. He would destroy the hotel rooms. One time Moon went as far as driving his Rolls Royce into the hotels swimming pool.
The Who was also known for it's theatrical show enders when Townshend would smash his guitar on stage, and Moon would destroy his drum kit.
Townshend's style of music for The Who set a precedent for other types of music such as Punk Rock and Power Pop.
The Who was led by Pete Townshend who wrote the songs.
The Who is also known for being one of the first bands to do Rock Opera's.
The Who popularized the Power Chord in their music.
The Who was known for their dynamism and thoughtful music in their live performances.
The Who gained fame in the 1960's and 1970's. They were part of the British Invasion.
Keith Moon died in 1978, which led to the band's breakup in 1982.
When The Who appeared on The Simpsons in 2000, Pete Townshend was actually played by his brother, Paul.
The Who released their first single Zoot Suit I'm the Face in 1964 when they were known as The High Numbers.
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...
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