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Re: The Who Thread

Post by MrMagpie » 15 Nov 2014, 21:42

I'll try to dig it out! Coolest part was after the finished Quadrophenia, only Roger, Pete, and John came out to start the encore and they played a few songs with just Pete on acoustic, John on bass, and the three of them harmonizing. A funny moment is when Pete sang the "you can't have it!" line in Magic Bus and Roger stopped, looked at the crowd, and said "40 bloody years and he still won't let me have it!" :lol:
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Post by KingLouieLouie76 » 16 Nov 2014, 08:50

MrMagpie wrote:I'll try to dig it out! Coolest part was after the finished Quadrophenia, only Roger, Pete, and John came out to start the encore and they played a few songs with just Pete on acoustic, John on bass, and the three of them harmonizing. A funny moment is when Pete sang the "you can't have it!" line in Magic Bus and Roger stopped, looked at the crowd, and said "40 bloody years and he still won't let me have it!" :lol:

That's hysterical! :lol:


I know I posted Graham covering the Kinks under that particular thread...but here he covers "A Quick One" and it's a solid attempt! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FD72usB8adA

Yes, I'm going off subject, but I love discussing music in general w/Graham (have done before in Twitter and on his FaceBook page, but never in the old forum)..I wish he would come on here because I love his insight on Classic Rock (IE the Garage Bands or "Golden Nuggets" of the 60s)......
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Post by MrMagpie » 10 Dec 2014, 02:54

I had the pleasure of interviewing Mark Blake about his new book I recently reviewed, you can read the interview here!

http://rnrchemist.blogspot.com/2014/12/ ... -of_9.html
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Post by KingLouieLouie76 » 14 Dec 2014, 15:48

MrMagpie wrote:I had the pleasure of interviewing Mark Blake about his new book I recently reviewed, you can read the interview here!

http://rnrchemist.blogspot.com/2014/12/ ... -of_9.html

Fantastic interview! Really shocked when he said "Dogs" inspired "Parklife".......
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Post by MrMagpie » 22 Dec 2014, 21:43

I said the exact same thing about a year or so ago on the old Blur forums and people thought I was nuts. I was glad to see I wasn't the only one who has made that connection!
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Post by KingLouieLouie76 » 24 Dec 2014, 16:13

MrMagpie wrote:I said the exact same thing about a year or so ago on the old Blur forums and people thought I was nuts. I was glad to see I wasn't the only one who has made that connection!
It seems Graham (more than Damon) is a very hardcore Who fan, so he probably geared them some in that direction or got Damon into them during that point. Interesting parallel would be how "Parklife" helped salvage Blur while obviously "Tommy" (which essentially followed "Dogs") prevented the Who from disbanding.
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Post by MrMagpie » 26 Dec 2014, 14:15

^yep, great analogy! Although it's a bit different only because, while "Popscene" was the single that tanked and almost sank Blur, it was a GREAT song that was just ahead of its time, while "Dogs" is charming but downright bizarre given what was happening in rock in 1968. Otherwise, the analogies are pretty close. And yeah, can't see Damon as a Who fan, while we all know Graham's love for the band. Hell, they even covered "Substitute" for the Who Covers Who tribute album, so there's that as well :D
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Re: The Who Thread

Post by Mallard No. 22 » 29 Dec 2014, 08:17

MrMagpie wrote:while "Popscene" was the single that tanked and almost sank Blur, it was a GREAT song that was just ahead of its time, while "Dogs" is charming but downright bizarre given what was happening in rock in 1968.
Yes I agree. When you hear these songs retrospectively, it is difficult to hear anything wrong in them.
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Post by MrMagpie » 31 Dec 2014, 02:58

I love Dogs, it's classic 60s Who...catchy, power pop with their brand of bizarre yet charming humor. But, seeing what was going on elsewhere in the rock landscape in 1968 (and even held up against the Who's own blistering live shows of that year), to say it was an incongruous single is an understatement! :lol:
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Post by Mallard No. 22 » 02 Jan 2015, 07:58

Yes, The Who, like The Kinks, had a bit of a dip in 1968 chartwise in the UK. Their main songs did not really connect with what else was going on at that particular time.

Just prior to this, they anticipated that 'I Can See For Miles' was going to be a stratospheric hit, probably a number one for weeks. I don't know why, but it didn't quite have that effect, although it did reach the UK top ten.

Despite the psychedelia, the UK record-buying public often preferred the orchestral MOR in autumn 1967, with such by Long John Baldry, Bee Gees, Engelbert, Dave Clark Five, Val Doonican, Frankie Vaughan, Cliff Richard, Tom Jones, Anita Harris and Nancy Sinatra being notable.

I often think that other influences are at work regarding the success of records. I just have a nagging feeling that certain people in certain places didn't want a total psyche takeover. And the pirate ships had been taken off air. Music was put back in the hands of the good old BBC, and this possibly did The Who no favours. It was ensured that balladeers, with traditional playing and recording techniques, with unionised musicians, remained in the charts.
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Post by MrMagpie » 02 Jan 2015, 14:14

All good points! The weird thing is that the Who, of all of the big British bands (Beatles, Stones, Kinks, Who) were the ones who embraced psychedelia the LEAST. There are some moments on Sell Out, and in their stage clothes in '67, that definitely are psychedelic, but compare it to Sgt Pepper/Magical Mystery Tour, Satanic Majesties/Between the Buttons, or even Something Else by the Kinks, and it's not even close (all of those albums kick ass, though!). In a way, for a band as violent, aggressive, but also introspective as the Who, the whole "peace-love-flowers" thing was as antithetical to their approach as anything. All you have to do is look at the horrified reaction of the crowd at Monterey at the end of "My Generation" to see what I mean :mrgreen:
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Post by Forever Low Man » 03 Jan 2015, 03:40

Well, if you think hard enough about it, The Who were very early punk.
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Post by MrMagpie » 05 Jan 2015, 15:02

^oh absolutely! I've always considered them (and the Kinks) as the first punk bands, both for their music as well as attitude and the violence (literal and metaphorical) in their music, stage show, and offstage antics.
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Post by Mallard No. 22 » 06 Jan 2015, 09:45

Psychedelia was a part of music in 1967. But not the whole of it.

And I think the stance of The Who at this time represents this. They could mix in and out of it.

And remember in the midst of 'flower power', the UK had huge hits by Frank & Nancy Sinatra, Engelbert Humperdinck and Long John Baldry at number one.

:idea: The who needed a 'revolution'-type song in 1968, one that was powerful and going somewhere. If 'I Can See For Miles' had been released a few months later than it was, its intended impact may have been realised. It should have been shoulder to shoulder in the top ten with 'Macarthur Park' rather than 'Itchycoo Park'.
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Re: The Who Thread

Post by MrMagpie » 06 Jan 2015, 14:16

^all good points

That's always been an interesting thing about the Who to me...they kind of dipped their toe into psychedelia, but only just barely. The Who Sell Out has touches of it but it's still unlike most of what else was going on that year. Still, it's a fantastic record.
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