Musical palate cleanser, before I get old edition

Every time Pete Townsend has a birthday (he turned 74 over the weekend), another version of “My Generation” gets its wings.

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  1. ilini84

    This version from Quadrophenia takes me back to my yout.

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  2. Funny how the definition of “old” keeps getting pushed back for many of us. I’m not far behind Pete.

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  3. ilini84

    Townshend has also credited Mose Allison’s “Young Man Blues” as the inspiration for the song, saying “Without Mose I wouldn’t have written ‘My Generation.

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    • Muttley

      Mose Allison also inspired this Monkees classic they were jamming on his “Parchman Farm” and evolved it into “Goin’ Down” :

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      • Muttley

        [With corrected god damned punctuation: “Mose Allison also inspired this Monkees classic- they were jamming on his “Parchman Farm”…]

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      • Russ

        I like the Monkees but “the Monkees” and “jamming” are not often seen together.

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        • Muttley

          They did for one phase, around their third (and best) album, “Headquarters”. After getting some criticism in the press, they went into the studio and became a real band, briefly, and did most of the writing and almost all the playing.

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    • truck

      The Live At Leeds version of Young Man Blues is an absolute clinic on how a limited number of instruments can create a HUGE sound. The way the boys play off each other and keep the groove rolling is simply amazing.

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      • illini84

        Moon was insanely good.

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      • Bulldawg Bill

        The original release of this was also a clinic on studio post production. A lot of instrumental overdubs. Compare it to the later “Deluxe” release. Still great primal rock!

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  4. DugLite

    I was going to their show in Toronto on June 1. They rescheduled to Sept 3. I had to sell my tickets but I did get better seats at a cheaper price for the show in ATL. The Who rock.

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    • Russ

      Picked up two Groupons for $20 tickets to see them this fall in Houston. My daughter is looking forward to seeing them.

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  5. Muttley

    Pete”s birthday (May 19, 1945, Shepherd’s Bush) is one I’ve remembered since I was 15 and he was my idol of idols.

    In about 1981 a friend at the time (still in contact) told me this great story from his friend: a kid our age wrote Pete letter after letter, all unanswered. Finally, he wrote: “you don’t know how much time I spend thinking about you.” Townshend finally replied: “You don’t know how much time I spend thinking about teenagers.”

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  6. Mayor

    https://youtu.be/NS3nRcwWktA This isn’t the Who but is my favorite Pete Townsend song.

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