Forgotten Who Albums

After the 1970s, The Who struggled as a band. The death of drummer Keith Moon in 1978 took the wind out of the band’s sails. Two studio albums would eventually follow before the band went on a long hiatus, releasing only live albums, greatest hits compilations and unreleased tracks, until 2006’s Endless Wire, a studio … More Forgotten Who Albums

Who (2019)

The Who released a new album recently, simply title Who.   This is their first release of new songs since Endless Wire (2006). Endless Wire had interesting moments but after a 24 year wait for new material, I found it unsatisfying.  It was a song-cycle I didn’t really understand or care much about. In recent years, … More Who (2019)

Who’s Next (1971)

Who’s Next began as a project called “Lifehouse.”  Pete Townshend would almost drive himself to a nervous breakdown trying to create another musical tale called “Lifehouse.” Unlike Tommy, this project collapsed under its own weight.  Even Roger Daltrey couldn’t quite fathom what “Lifehouse” was supposed to be about.  The band had rented The Old Vic … More Who’s Next (1971)

The Who’s Decade

Every band has a core period where they produce their best music. For The Who, survivors of more than 50 years, it was from 1969 to 1978.  For my money, the golden decade. From 1965 to 1969, The Who cut their teeth as musicians, toured and developed their sound, and learned to use the studio. … More The Who’s Decade