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Albums: My Generation (1965), A Quick One (1966), The Who Sell Out (1967), Tommy (1969), Who's Next (1971), Quadrophenia (1973), The Who by Numbers (1975), Who Are You (1978), Face Dances (1981), It's Hard (1982), Endless Wire (2006)
Awards: Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, UK Music Hall of Fame, Lifetime Grammy Achievement, 5 Tony awards
Hits: I Can’t Explain, My Generation, Pinball Wizard, Baba O’Riley
Other: Wrote Tommy, the first ever Rock Opera
Pioneers of the Rock genre and the British music scene, The Who are all up there in there with the all-time greats like The Rolling Stones and The Beatles. With a career spanning over 5 decades The Who’s influences on so many genres cannot be overlooked.
Starting out as part of the popular mod scene in the 1960s Britain, The Who have grown in stature over the years, from the inventors of rock opera, and pioneer the genre of rock too, they have also set the standard with their live performances. From their early onstage antics of trashing equipment to selling out stadiums worldwide, they are unquestionably one of the all-time greats.
The original line of The Who features the still present Pete Townsend, main songwriter and guitarist of the band, along with singer and founder Roger Daltrey. Keith Moon was the original drummer along with bassist John Entwistle.
The band rose to fame in the mid-60s, with the release of the debut single ‘I Can’t Explain’, which initially wasn’t too successful, this changed with televised appearance from the band. The TV show Ready, Steady, Go featured the band smashing their equipment and not long after the single had reached the top ten singles chart.
Further releases saw them firmly establish on the British music scene, with their on stage personas truly catching the ears of the young rebellious generation who shared a lot in common with 4 young men from London.
The Who spent the rest of the sixties releasing popular albums, very much in keeping with superstars the Beatles. Their sound also began to evolve, most notable with the release of Tommy, the first successful Rock Opera to be made, and the brainchild of lead songwriter Pete Townsend.
The 1970’s were proving to show a change in the dynamics of what popular music was, with the rise of punk. This sparked some inner turmoil with Townsend, who struggle to identify with the younger generation emerging, and the bands place on the music landscape. This inspires some of the Who’s most legendary work with ‘Who are You?’ becoming one of their bestselling albums ever.
The band would go on to suffer tragedy and essentially the demise of the original band when Keith Moon was found dead. Known for his crazy on stage antics and general rock and roll lifestyle, the drummer had an on-going battle with drug and drinking, which he decided to give up after his performance levels dropped significantly. This led to the accidental overdose of the medicine Heminevrin, which he was taking to help battle the effects of coming off alcohol.
Despite continuing to tour for three years after Moons death, the band openly admitted that it was never the same without their original drummer. They did work on the soundtrack of their classic rock opera Quardaphenia, which was being adapted into a film, which was well received
These years where not kind to remaining member, particularly Townsend who himself had a deep addiction to drink and drugs, although he managed to get clean towards the start of the 80s the band decided to announce their split in 1982.
It would prove not to be the definitive end many would have though, as the band as reformed over the last 30 years for numerous tours and one off specials. This included the charity event Live 8 in 2005, where they would announce their first new album in 24 years.
Whilst ‘Endless Wire’ performed well commercially, it was not as well received as previous works of the band. However their subsequent tours and performances have firmly proven that they are unrivalled in concert performances ensuring that their legacy as one of the best bands of all time remains intact.