Wednesday, May 19, 2010

He's not old so he doesn't have to have died yet.

Pete Townshend is 65 today (USA time). Townshend has written some great music. He appears to be  pain in the arse to work with but I can forgive him because of the music. He is someone who is always interesting, anyway.

12 comments:

Peter said...

The kiddy porn thing is especially interesting.

Another Kiwi said...

I thought so. One of the recurring themes of Pete's life is that he doesn't really understand the thing we call life. He is all about big themes and great causes. When it comes down to simple common sense he is lost and makes fundamental errors that anyone else would have avoided. John Gielgud the British actor was the same, very little of the outside world got through to him.

ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© said...

The Who, along with Led Zep, was one of the bands I worshiped as a kid.

I saw them live at the New Haven Coliseum (since demolished, I believe) back in 1982 or some such. We all waited up all night in line to get our tickets.

AND IT WAS AWESOME!
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ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© said...

Correction: December 15, 1979 - New Haven Coliseum, New Haven, Connecticut.
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mikey said...

"Empty Glass" is a GREAT FUCKING ALBUM. "All the best cowboys have chinese eyes" is a GREAT FUCKING ALBUM.

Very seldom is someone involved with the groundbreaking stuff, over and over again. Most get one shot, and never can catch lightening in a bottle again.

The great ones ARE the bottle.

mikey said...

Put on "Rough Boys" and push the volume. [Fuck the neigbors - it's one goddam song. They'll get over it.]

Now, tell me that isn't just genius.

Go back to "It's Hard". Or "Meaty Beaty Big and Bouncy". If you're infected with brilliance, you have to work awfully hard to kill it...

Brando said...

And he once commented on Blue Girl's blog!

Greatest songwriter of my lifetime in my opinion.

Another Kiwi said...

Yep, "Empty Glasses" and "Chinese Eyes" are the real deal alright.
Pretty cool that you saw them Thunder, I wouldn't go to see just PT and Daltrey but when Mikey is finished with the time machine, I will back to see the Who in the 70's I think.

Smut Clyde said...

Talkin' about my degeneration...

Another Kiwi said...

And he once commented on Blue Girl's blog!
Blimey!

M. Bouffant said...

B-sides being best (As in, "Time to play ...") I rate for Meaty, Beaty, Big, &tc.

J— said...

I saw The Who in Oakland in August 1989. It was basically a greatest hits show, but I'm glad I went. If I had to rate for just one album, it would be Live at Leeds.