Daily Archives: February 7, 2010
In honor of the performance of what is left of The Who during halftime of tonight’s Superbowl, we thought it would be appropriate to feature the band with its full original lineup in tonight’s music byte. This is the last full video of all four band members playing together. Drummer Keith Moon died shortly after taping in 1978.
The Who are an English rock band formed in 1964. The primary lineup consisted of vocalist Roger Daltrey, guitarist Pete Townshend, bassist John Entwistle, and drummer Keith Moon. They became known for energetic live performances including the pioneering spectacle of instrument destruction. The Who have sold about 100 million records and have charted 27 top forty singles in the United Kingdom and United States with 17 top ten albums,including 18 Gold, 12 Platinum and 5 Multi-Platinum album awards in the United States alone.
The Who rose to fame in the UK with a series of top ten hit singles, boosted in part by pirate radio stations such as Radio Caroline, beginning in January 1965 with “I Can’t Explain”. The albums My Generation (1965), A Quick One (1966) and The Who Sell Out (1967) followed, with the first two hitting the UK top five. They first hit the U.S. Top 40 in 1967 with Happy Jack” and hit the top ten later that year with “I Can See for Miles”. Their fame grew with memorable performances at the Monterey Pop and Woodstock music festivals. The 1969 release of Tommy was the first in a series of top ten albums in the U.S., followed by Live at Leeds (1970), Who’s Next (1971), Quadrophenia (1973), The Who By Numbers (1975), Who Are You (1978) and The Kids Are Alright (1979).
Moon died at the age of 32 in 1978, after which the band released two studio albums, the UK and U.S. top five Face Dances (1981) and the U.S. top ten It’s Hard (1982), with drummer Kenney Jones, before disbanding in 1983. They re-formed at events such as Live Aid and for reunion tours such as their 25th anniversary tour (1989) and the Quadrophenia tours of 1996 and 1997. In 2000, the three surviving original members discussed recording an album of new material, but their plans temporarily stalled upon Entwistle’s death at the age of 57 in 2002. Townshend and Daltrey continue to perform as The Who, and in 2006 they released the studio album Endless Wire, which reached the top ten in the UK and U.S.
The Who were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1990, their first year of eligibility. Their display there describes them as “Prime contenders, in the minds of many, for the title of World’s Greatest Rock Band.” The Los Angeles Times wrote that during their tenure as a quartet, the band “rivaled The Beatles, Bob Dylan and The Rolling Stones as the most vital rock voice of youth.” Time Magazine wrote in 1979 that “No other group has ever pushed rock so far, or asked so much from it.” They received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the British Phonographic Industry in 1988, and from the Grammy Foundation in 2001. In 2008 surviving members Townshend and Daltrey were honoured at the 31st Annual Kennedy Center Honors.
Please enjoy this video of The Who performing “Who Are You” for the last time as the original band. Pay close attention to drummer Keith Moon as this is some of the last footage of him ever taken. Also below, is the cover from the Who Are You album. It is eerie to note that Keith Moon is sitting upon a chair on which it says, “Not To Be Taken Away”.
Just a few noteworthy political meteorites and comments thereon that have been careening around the galaxy this past week.
BREAKING NEWS: The first (maybe annual) Tea-Bagging Convention is taking place this weekend in Nashville. The event is being attended by every uneducated, Fox News watching retard (oops, sorry Sarah) that could scrape up the $ 500.00 admission fee to help fund Sarah Palin’s six figure speaking fee. The opening speaker was former Republican Colorado Senator Tom Tancredo and he was way over the top. Here is a portion of what he said to the grey matter deprived audience,
People who could not even spell the word ‘vote’, or say it in English, put a committed socialist ideologue in the White House. His name is Barack Hussein Obama. So the race for America is on right now. The president and his left-wing allies in Congress are going to look at every opportunity to destroy the Constitution before we have a chance to save it. So put your running shoes on. Because I’ll tell you, I’ve heard we need a revolution. My friends, we already had it. We lost. I mean, what happened to us in that last election was a revolution.
This guy is a racist of the first order. Let’s hope that the rest of the speakers are just as hate filled as Tancredo. If this type of ideology is branded to the Tea-Baggers, the movement will implode sooner than later.
THIS JUST IN: Don’t you wish that John Edwards was Republican so that blogs like this could have some fun?
BREAKING NEWS: This week’s edition of “Republicans Eating Their Own” co-features The Club For Growth and Newt Gingrich. CNN reports the conservative Club for Growth is hitting back at former House Speaker Newt Gingrich for criticizing the small government group during an appearance in Utah for Republican Sen. Bob Bennett. The Club is actively working to defeat Bennett, who is seeking re-election in November. Gingrich said,
I wish the Club for Growth would spend as much time and energy to defeat liberal Democrats as they do dividing Republicans,” Gingrich told a crowd at Bennett’s formal campaign launch, according to the Deseret News. “I try to defeat liberal Democrats. I don’t spend much time trying to defeat Republicans.
The Club For Growth fired back through its president Chris Chocola ( by the way, where do Republicans get these names, Chocola, Boehner, etc.) who said,
Newt has proven time and again that he will support any Republican, regardless of policies and principles. That’s his right, but the Club for Growth PAC puts principles over party
Keep up the feuding, G.O.P. Divide and collapse.
THIS JUST IN: The Fox News network reports that 75 million people have already attended the Tea -Bagging Convention as of Sunday morning. Glenn Beck predicts that another 200 million will appear for Sarah Palin’s speech.
BREAKING NEWS: This week’s edition of “Flip-Flopping Republicans” features the addle-minded John McCain. Remember in 2006 when he said this about the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy regarding gays in the military,
The day that the leadership of the military comes to me and says, ‘Senator we ought to change the policy’ then I think we ought to seriously consider changing it.
Well, that was then and this is now. Defense Secretary Robert Gates and Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Mike Mullen (i.e. “leadership of the military”) have now said that the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy should be abandoned. McCain’s response?
It would be far more appropriate, I say with great respect, to determine whether repealing this law is appropriate and what effects it would have on the readiness and effectiveness of the military before deciding on whether we should repeal the law or not, and fortunately it is an act of Congress and it requires the agreement of Congress in order to repeal it…
Well, I’m happy to say we still have a Congress of the United States that would have to pass a law to repeal Don’t Ask Don’t Tell, despite your efforts to repeal it, in many respects, by fiat.
They call him Flipper, Flipper, faster than lightening…
THIS JUST IN: The Queen of Stupid, Sarah Palin spoke at the Tea-Bagging Convention last night. She repeated all oher usual drivel and added this to the Pig with lipstick’s lexicon, “How’s that hope-y, change-y stuff working out for you?”. Don’t worry however because CNN reports that opinion on Sarah Palin breaks down along party lines, with 7 in 10 Democrats disliking her and 7 in 10 Republicans with a positive view of Palin. She has a net-negative rating among Independents: 42 percent favorable and 47 percent unfavorable. She is unelectable.
BREAKING NEWS: For those wondering, Lynnrockets’ heart is with the Saints but his/her money is on the Colts to cover. GO COLTS!
Please remember to click on the song link below to familiarize yourselves with the tune and to have more fun singing along to today’s song parody.
A Day In The Life song link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=di7fKh3Vbj8&feature=related
A DAY IN THE LIFE (OF THE G.O.P.)
(sung to the Beatles song “A Day In The Life”)
I read the news today oh, boy
About a senator who made the grade
And though the news was rather sad
Well, I just had to laugh
Is there a photograph?
John Ensign’s tryst will leave a scar
A “family values” guy who’s values changed
His dirty laundry will be aired
We’ve seen his kind before
In hypocrisy the G.O.P. wins all of the awards
I watched the news today oh, boy
Seems David Vitter spent time with a whore
It was a girl so he’s not gay
But here’s the funny hook
It’s all in her book
He’d love to make her gone
Horned up and out of bed
Larry Craig needed some head
Went to the airport to find a pup
Things looking up, he thought he found some bait
Found a leg to give a pat
Caught a bust in seconds flat
Gave a poor excuse when the news broke
Just another joke in the dirty G.O.P.
Ah, ah,ah, ah, ah, ah ,ah ……….
I read the news today oh, boy
The Sunshine State’s Mark Foley is a queer
These guys spew hate but have no balls
The party’s sure to fall
Hypocritical A-holes heading straight into a wall
They’d love to turn you on
Supertramp were a British progressive rock band that released a series of top-selling albums in the 1970s and early 1980s.Their early music included ambitious concept albums, from which were drawn a number of hits including “Goodbye Stranger”, “Bloody Well Right”, “The Logical Song”, “Breakfast in America”, “Dreamer”, “Give a Little Bit”, “It’s Raining Again”, and “Take the Long Way Home”. Supertramp attained superstardom in the United States, Canada, most of Europe, Australia and Brazil, although they were not quite as popular in their home country, the UK. Nonetheless, the album Breakfast in America was a big hit there, reaching number three on the UK charts and featuring two top 10 singles.
Crime of the Century, released in September 1974, began the group’s run of critical and commercial successes, hitting number four in Britain, supported by the iconic countercultural opening track “School”, and the top-10 single “Dreamer”. Its B-side “Bloody Well Right” hit the US Top 40 in May 1975, peaking at #35. Siebenberg would later comment that he thought the band hit its artistic peak on this, their third album, though their greatest commercial success would come later.
The band continued with Crisis? What Crisis? released in November 1975. It achieved good though not overwhelming commercial success. The following album, Even in the Quietest Moments, released in April 1977 spawned their hit single “Give a Little Bit” (#15 U.S.), and the FM radio staple Fool’s Overture. During this period, the band eventually relocated to the United States and moved steadily from the progressive styles of their early albums towards a more song-oriented pop sound.
This trend reached its zenith on their most popular album, Breakfast in America in March 1979, which reached Number 3 in the UK and Number 1 in the United States and spawned four successful singles, “The Logical Song” (#6 U.S.), “Take the Long Way Home” (#10 U.S.), “Goodbye Stranger” (#15 U.S.), and “Breakfast in America”. The album has since sold over 18 million copies worldwide.
The run of successes was capped with 1980s Paris, a 2-LP live album, in which the band stated its goal of improving on the studio versions of their songs. Instead of focusing on songs from the hugely successful Breakfast in America, it included nearly every song from Crime of the Century, another testament to the importance of that album in the group’s development. Initially, it was supposed to be a show recorded in Quebec City, Canada, but A&M vetoed the idea for a “more mainstream city”. Also in 1980, the song “Dreamer” was finally released as a single in the U.S., where it reached #15.
Please enjoy this video clip of Supertramp performing “Goodbye Stranger” live in 1983.