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The Who — Who Are You
Album: Who Are You
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Released: 1978
Length: 6:12
Plays (last 30 days): 1
Who are you?
Who, who, who, who?
Who are you?
Who, who, who, who?
Who are you?
Who, who, who, who?
Who are you?
Who, who, who, who?

I woke up in a Soho doorway
A policeman knew my name
He said "You can go sleep at home tonight
If you can get up and walk away"

I staggered back to the underground
And the breeze blew back my hair
I remember throwin' punches around
And preachin' from my chair

[chorus:]
Well, who are you? (Who are you? Who, who, who, who?)
I really wanna know (Who are you? Who, who, who, who?)
Tell me, who are you? (Who are you? Who, who, who, who?)
'Cause I really wanna know (Who are you? Who, who, who, who?)

I took the tube back out of town
Back to the Rollin' Pin
I felt a little like a dying clown
With a streak of Rin Tin Tin

I stretched back and I hiccupped
And looked back on my busy day
Eleven hours in the Tin Pan
God, there's got to be another way

Who are you?
Ooh wa ooh wa ooh wa ooh wa ...

Who are you?
Who, who, who, who?
Who are you?
Who, who, who, who?
Who are you?
Who, who, who, who?
Who are you?
Who, who, who, who?

[chorus]

I know there's a place you walked
Where love falls from the trees
My heart is like a broken cup
I only feel right on my knees

I spit out like a sewer hole
Yet still recieve your kiss
How can I measure up to anyone now
After such a love as this?

[chorus]
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like everything by the Who, you really have to hear/ see this live. I was lucky enough to do so at Madison Square Garden in 2004. One of the best nights of my life
This is a kick ass fucking song Used to play it volume 10 Still do
I want to like the Who, but it just doesn't work.
CSI show wrecked this one for me. But after years of ignoring it, nice to hear it on FLAC
Neighbours get to hear this one.
 number7 wrote:
It's kinda funny for me to read all the negative comments about this song & The Who overall. I was born in 1953 & was lucky enough to work in a great record store in the 70's. The Who were never a great band for me back then. Now however, I have come to love most of their wonderful music.
 
I was born in 53 as well, and remember buying Whos Next and being blown away by it. Great Band.
It's kinda funny for me to read all the negative comments about this song & The Who overall. I was born in 1953 & was lucky enough to work in a great record store in the 70's. The Who were never a great band for me back then. Now however, I have come to love most of their wonderful music.
Who the fuck am I??
I use that to explain that although spelt Who, you can't actually hear the W!
Grissom's taken it for analysis.
 Grayson wrote:
Why are you playing this craptastic song, Mr. Bill? 
 
Would you be shocked to learn that your tastes in music are not universally embraced?
 Grayson wrote:
Why are you playing this craptastic song, Mr. Bill? 

 
For the sheer POWER of it, no doubt, Mr. Grayson.
Why are you playing this craptastic song, Mr. Bill? 
Well who the fuck are you
: )
On the Titanic, it's doubtful that anyone said: more ice!
Hearing a Who track, no one said: more drumming! 
 TJOpootertoot wrote:
CSI not withstanding, I wish I could explain why I've never been able to wrap my head around these guys. 
Daltrey has a reasonable, if not superlative voice. Obviously Moon and Entwhistle were great at what they do.
Is it the consistent use of cheesy keyboards?
The poor backing vocals?
The generally lame lyrics barely even worth discussing? 
Is it the overblown opera about pinball that seemed really cool when I was 12 but now seems really pretentious?
Maybe it's just that FM radio only plays the bad Who songs? 

I really don't know. Shrug. 

 
it's just teetotaler rock... having said that, this isn't their worst song.
 Skydog wrote:

don't bother trying to analize The Who, they are just lame
.
can I get a 'beep beep' from the 'Going Mobile' crowd? 

 
As always here at RP, diverse opinions are welcome and encouraged.
 TJOpootertoot wrote:
CSI not withstanding, I wish I could explain why I've never been able to wrap my head around these guys. 
Daltrey has a reasonable, if not superlative voice. Obviously Moon and Entwhistle were great at what they do.
Is it the consistent use of cheesy keyboards?
The poor backing vocals?
The generally lame lyrics barely even worth discussing? 
Is it the overblown opera about pinball that seemed really cool when I was 12 but now seems really pretentious?
Maybe it's just that FM radio only plays the bad Who songs? 

I really don't know. Shrug. 

 
don't bother trying to analize The Who, they are just lame
.
can I get a 'beep beep' from the 'Going Mobile' crowd? 
 I am becoming a ?.
 coloradojohn wrote:
I remember when this came out, they did a video — before MTV — where Pete windmills like a madman in the studio alone to lay down the guitar, then it shows him playing notes on piano and synthesizer, and Roger was tunefully screaming, and Moonie blazing away on the drums, meanwhile John stands there like The Ox, fingers flying but stout as a tree...  FRICKIN' BLEW ME AWAY!...I went back to high school after the summer break and everyone else had seen it, too, and we were all windmilling and screaming, "Ah, WHO THE FUCK ARE YOU?" and the teachers were warning us to stop and asking us what had gotten into us and we were like, WE HAVE GOTTEN INTO THE WHO is what has happened...then a month or so later, Keith WAS taken away, in spite of the words on his Director's Chair in the album cover shot, and maybe they were never quite the same without Moon, or John, but I can vouch, they were always awesome live, and:  THE WHO ROCKS!

 
fuck yeah  : )
Anybody else remember the smashing video of Pete doing the guitar parts on this, getting it down on the tape? Changed my life, it did! 
 bb_matt wrote:
This song is based on a day in the life of Pete Townshend. It began with a very long meeting dealing with royalties for his songs: "Eleven hours in the Tin Pan, God, there's got to be another way." The "Tin Pan" he is referring to is "Tin Pan Alley" which is the name given to the collection of New York City-centered music publishers and songwriters who dominated the popular music of the United States. After this excruciating meeting he received a large check for royalties, left and went to a bar and got completely drunk. In that bar he encountered Paul Cook and Steve Jones of The Sex Pistols, who thought very highly of Pete for paving the way for Punk rock music. Townshend was conflicted because he feared The Who had sold out, and seeing The Sex Pistols, who were icons of rebellion, exasperated him even more. Pete left that bar and passed out in a random doorway in Soho (a part of New York). A policeman recognized him ("A policeman knew my name") and being kind, woke him and and told him, "You can go sleep at home tonight (instead of a jail cell), if you can get up and walk away." Pete's response: "Who the f—k are you?" (thanks, Tim - Waterloo, Canada)

https://www.songfacts.com/detail.php?id=2394

 
Methinks the events in this song took place in London which has a "Tube", a more famous SoHo, and was where Townshend was living with his "Rolling Pin" at the time it was written.  The music business part may well be true, though, given the "Tin Pan" line (which could be an allusion to the whole business rather than specifically NYC's Tin Pan Alley) could be further supported by a verse that was dropped from the original:

I used to check my reflection, jumping with my cheap guitar
I must have lost my direction, cause I ended up a superstar
One-nighters in the boardroom petrify the human brain
You can learn from my mistakes, but you're posing in the glass again

This is one of the few songs played by mainstream radio that I get excited by every time I hear it!!! Crank it!!
This song is based on a day in the life of Pete Townshend. It began with a very long meeting dealing with royalties for his songs: "Eleven hours in the Tin Pan, God, there's got to be another way." The "Tin Pan" he is referring to is "Tin Pan Alley" which is the name given to the collection of New York City-centered music publishers and songwriters who dominated the popular music of the United States. After this excruciating meeting he received a large check for royalties, left and went to a bar and got completely drunk. In that bar he encountered Paul Cook and Steve Jones of The Sex Pistols, who thought very highly of Pete for paving the way for Punk rock music. Townshend was conflicted because he feared The Who had sold out, and seeing The Sex Pistols, who were icons of rebellion, exasperated him even more. Pete left that bar and passed out in a random doorway in Soho (a part of New York). A policeman recognized him ("A policeman knew my name") and being kind, woke him and and told him, "You can go sleep at home tonight (instead of a jail cell), if you can get up and walk away." Pete's response: "Who the f—k are you?" (thanks, Tim - Waterloo, Canada)

https://www.songfacts.com/detail.php?id=2394
Nice album cover. ...not because of the Keith Moon chair sign.....because of the cables. I'm a cable salesman (ooooooohhhhhh)
 ziggytrix wrote:
Ah who the fuck are you?
 
{#Roflol}
 dragon1952 wrote:

Seriously....."who who, who who?" Definitely the epitome of 'lame'.

 
Ah who the fuck are you?
this is a awfully good song... can't help but to turn it way up.
Masterful

Must.. turn.... volume......up.....{#Music} 
8......9......9.5....10...10.5....12...15......... 

Something is wrong with my headphones
Can't seem to get them loud enough.  :( 
 TJOpootertoot wrote:
CSI not withstanding, I wish I could explain why I've never been able to wrap my head around these guys. 
Daltrey has a reasonable, if not superlative voice. Obviously Moon and Entwhistle were great at what they do.
Is it the consistent use of cheesy keyboards?
The poor backing vocals?
The generally lame lyrics barely even worth discussing? 
Is it the overblown opera about pinball that seemed really cool when I was 12 but now seems really pretentious?
Maybe it's just that FM radio only plays the bad Who songs? 

I really don't know. Shrug. 

 
It was the 70's dude. Don't bother trying to wrap your head around anything that happened in the 70's.
 TJOpootertoot wrote:
CSI not withstanding, I wish I could explain why I've never been able to wrap my head around these guys. 
Daltrey has a reasonable, if not superlative voice. Obviously Moon and Entwhistle were great at what they do.
Is it the consistent use of cheesy keyboards?
The poor backing vocals?
The generally lame lyrics barely even worth discussing? 
Is it the overblown opera about pinball that seemed really cool when I was 12 but now seems really pretentious?
Maybe it's just that FM radio only plays the bad Who songs? 

I really don't know. Shrug. 

 
Seriously....."who who, who who?" Definitely the epitome of 'lame'.
CSI not withstanding, I wish I could explain why I've never been able to wrap my head around these guys. 
Daltrey has a reasonable, if not superlative voice. Obviously Moon and Entwhistle were great at what they do.
Is it the consistent use of cheesy keyboards?
The poor backing vocals?
The generally lame lyrics barely even worth discussing? 
Is it the overblown opera about pinball that seemed really cool when I was 12 but now seems really pretentious?
Maybe it's just that FM radio only plays the bad Who songs? 

I really don't know. Shrug. 
Timeless identity issue question… 
 hayduke2 wrote:
Emperor Moon, Hail His everlasting Dominance!!!
IMO this is a showcase for Entwistle.  But heck, they're all on fire.
Emperor Moon, Hail His everlasting Dominance!!!
 Cynaera wrote:
With all the negative criticisms, my one positive one is this:  Bill played the "Who the fuck are you?!" without censorship.

Count your blessings, children. Radio is being smothered by the self-designated "moral, politically-correct' group who seems to have the airwaves by the short hairs.

I think I'm understanding why people want vinyl - it was the very beginning of true uncensored music. Anyone with vinyl and a turntable is guaranteed to hear the ORIGINAL work of an artist, warts and all. Everything after vinyl has been digitally remastered (translation: censored, modified, upgraded, "enhanced," made more "sell-able.")

Well, this settles it - I'm going back to vinyl. A friend of mine just informed me that there's a unit that converts vinyl to CD, and it's actually almost in my price-range. The conversion takes a long time, but I'm not employed, and winter's coming on, so maybe this might be something I can do. I'll need blank CDs and jackets or jewel cases, but it'll be fun.

We'll see how it goes...
 
miss you so much Cynaera...

everybody in my alien space craft loves this song... 
Turn it up to 11 !!
I can never listen to this song too loud. I push any stereo to the max when listen to this song.

Good Shit! {#Bananajam}{#Drummer}{#Dancingbanana_2}


Oh - how I just love to live in London!
place these little Bose speakers at each ear and crank this virtuoso symphony, "I really want to know…"   FUCK YEAH MAN!!!!!!!

love it 
I enjoy seeing the video for this song. It's fun to see The Who perform. Especially fun to see Keith Moon bash the hell out of his kit. As far as Who songs go...this is NOT very Who-like. To me...the essence of Who sound is something like 'Real Me'. THAT...my friend...is a Who song. This? Not so much.
There is no way in hell this song should ever be rated below 8.  Come on people.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v2sWjouB1YA


All those years later, right after 9-11 and the last concert that John Entwistle ever played on American soil, The Who still show how it's done.
 oldviolin wrote:
Not to be taken away...

 
... but, sadly, it took him.
Oh yeah Baby!  Some old school ROCK 'n FREAKING ROLL!

(and how fun to think of the f-word making it onto the FM airwaves for so many years now....)
 robertomiller wrote:
Fuck yeah.

 
yup
Fuck yeah.
Who are you that give 1?
 Jeez....that's harsh....

coccyx wrote:

Nothing was spoiled for me. I have hated this song since its very beginnings.

 


Who loves rock, loves Who. Who loves Who give 10.
Not to be taken away...
This song has a fascinating story behind it ...

https://www.allmusic.com/song/who-are-you-mt0011086220



Awesome Kinks tune on PSD...
 snitramc wrote:

The song spoiled this great band for me. PSD time!

 
Nothing was spoiled for me. I have hated this song since its very beginnings.
I hear this song, and I feel a strange compulsion to apply for a job at the Las Vegas crime lab.
 Diamond_Dog wrote:

CSI spoiled this great tune for me, unfortunatly!



 
The song spoiled this great band for me. PSD time!
 DoctorHooey wrote:

Can't think of anything else now when I hear this...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Asha8x15uo

You're driving and your kids are in the car, moron! 

Love that show
 
the Louis C. K. video - I do that still.  With or without anyone in the car.  No choice.

CSI spoiled this great tune for me, unfortunatly!


I love it !!!
 coloradojohn wrote:
I remember when this came out, they did a video — before MTV — where Pete windmills like a madman in the studio alone to lay down the guitar, then it shows him playing notes on piano and synthesizer, and Roger was tunefully screaming, and Moonie blazing away on the drums, meanwhile John stands there like The Ox, fingers flying but stout as a tree...  FRICKIN' BLEW ME AWAY!...I went back to high school after the summer break and everyone else had seen it, too, and we were all windmilling and screaming, "Ah, WHO THE FUCK ARE YOU?" and the teachers were warning us to stop and asking us what had gotten into us and we were like, WE HAVE GOTTEN INTO THE WHO is what has happened...then a month or so later, Keith WAS taken away, in spite of the words on his Director's Chair in the album cover shot, and maybe they were never quite the same without Moon, or John, but I can vouch, they were always awesome live, and:  THE WHO ROCKS!
 
Word.
 flapser wrote:
Anyone saw this song on Louis? Louis CK his show? Was great :)
 
Can't think of anything else now when I hear this...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Asha8x15uo

You're driving and your kids are in the car, moron! 

Love that show
I remember when this came out, they did a video — before MTV — where Pete windmills like a madman in the studio alone to lay down the guitar, then it shows him playing notes on piano and synthesizer, and Roger was tunefully screaming, and Moonie blazing away on the drums, meanwhile John stands there like The Ox, fingers flying but stout as a tree...  FRICKIN' BLEW ME AWAY!...I went back to high school after the summer break and everyone else had seen it, too, and we were all windmilling and screaming, "Ah, WHO THE FUCK ARE YOU?" and the teachers were warning us to stop and asking us what had gotten into us and we were like, WE HAVE GOTTEN INTO THE WHO is what has happened...then a month or so later, Keith WAS taken away, in spite of the words on his Director's Chair in the album cover shot, and maybe they were never quite the same without Moon, or John, but I can vouch, they were always awesome live, and:  THE WHO ROCKS!
 Cynaera wrote:
With all the negative criticisms, my one positive one is this:  Bill played the "Who the fuck are you?!" without censorship.

Count your blessings, children. Radio is being smothered by the self-designated "moral, politically-correct' group who seems to have the airwaves by the short hairs.

I think I'm understanding why people want vinyl - it was the very beginning of true uncensored music. Anyone with vinyl and a turntable is guaranteed to hear the ORIGINAL work of an artist, warts and all. Everything after vinyl has been digitally remastered (translation: censored, modified, upgraded, "enhanced," made more "sell-able.")

Well, this settles it - I'm going back to vinyl. A friend of mine just informed me that there's a unit that converts vinyl to CD, and it's actually almost in my price-range. The conversion takes a long time, but I'm not employed, and winter's coming on, so maybe this might be something I can do. I'll need blank CDs and jackets or jewel cases, but it'll be fun.

We'll see how it goes...
 
Miss you so much, Ann...

rest in peace... 
 {#Yes}whtahtefcuk wrote:
I am ready to watch CSI!!!
 


I am ready to watch CSI!!!
Love it {#Dancingbanana}. I remember hearing a story once about a time when The Who played a mind blowing set and The Rolling Stones refused to follow them on stage and didn't perform. I love the Stones too, but can you imagine that set?
 LPCity wrote:
The last album with Keith Moon on it.

The last great album by The Who.

. not a coincidence.
 
Apparently this SONG is the last song Moon recorded! Although "Music Must Change" was the last song the Who recorded for the album, Moon didn't play on that track.
 dwhayslett wrote:

Um, I'm not sure that's really the issue; it's more the marketing power of Wal-Mart that's the problem there.  My CD has the unedited version of this song.

 
And that's great - the problem is what's being played on FM radio - which used to be so progressive and rebellious. Now, it's just AM radio with a different bandwidth. It's a gelded stallion. Pretty, but no power.

The last album with Keith Moon on it.

The last great album by The Who.

. not a coincidence.
 jools wrote:

Fred is almost always right.  Be careful what you say.
 
{#High-five}

 Danimal174 wrote:
Hmm...I just noticed that song that plays during the ending credits (I think?) of "WKRP in Cincinnati" is eerily similar to "Who Are You". Weird.
 

Close, but not quite.




Anyone saw this song on Louis? Louis CK his show? Was great :)
 wade44 wrote:

Lead singer sounds like Adam Sandler singing  on SNL!


Adam Sandler was probably around 10 years-old when this came out.  Why do so many people use SNL (especially the unfunny, post-Belushi/Ackroyd/Radner concoctions) as a reference point for culture?


Not even the best band with the word "Who" in the title...

Just can't get into much of their stuff with the exception of Baba O'Rieley.
 tapatia1072 wrote:

Except that this is Daltrey's singing, not Townsend's wailing - which means your statement must not apply to this song, right? {#Naughty}
 
Nope. Pete "just curious, me" Townsend and Roger "big hair" Daltrey are equally dire in the wailing department. This song is an insta-mute, as indeed is the major part of The Who's oeuvre. 'Oo are ya, 'oo are ya...

CSI - The original and the best!
Sometimes you need 11 ...

when my Creative 6.1 speakers died ... I moved my old JVC RX-884V receiver into my "home office".  5.1 surround @110 watts per channel, JBL Center speaker, Sony fronts, surrounds, & sub ... yeah.. why did I wait for the creatives to die? {#Mrgreen}

 Cynaera wrote:
Everything after vinyl has been digitally remastered (translation: censored, modified, upgraded, "enhanced," made more "sell-able.")
 
Um, I'm not sure that's really the issue; it's more the marketing power of Wal-Mart that's the problem there.  My CD has the unedited version of this song.

 Cynaera wrote:
Well, this settles it - I'm going back to vinyl. A friend of mine just informed me that there's a unit that converts vinyl to CD, and it's actually almost in my price-range. The conversion takes a long time, but I'm not employed, and winter's coming on, so maybe this might be something I can do. I'll need blank CDs and jackets or jewel cases, but it'll be fun.
 
Even Bestbuy sells turntables that burn vinyl into mp3.s. I can't speak to the quality of the file, haven't tried it yet. I of late, however, have had trouble with my car players that play mp3 filled cd's, when they skip they REALLY skip or degrade, chirp loudly, back up and all sorts of digital weirdness. The one with a usb port off of a flashdrive works better but still the navigating technology leaves me wanting more. Waiting for a home machine that turns cd's into hot pressed vinyl. THAT would be awesome. 
Who's on first,whats on second, I dont know is on third. I only wanna know the Name from the Band on first.
I miss Grissom.
 romeotuma wrote:
This song brings it all back...  what memories...  what a great classic... 
Driving to the clubs at Wildwood, NJ, summer of '78, in my friend's brand new 280Z!  Had to teach her how to drive it since she couldn't drive stick ... and how to do burn-outs, too!  {#Cool}
With all the negative criticisms, my one positive one is this:  Bill played the "Who the fuck are you?!" without censorship.

Count your blessings, children. Radio is being smothered by the self-designated "moral, politically-correct' group who seems to have the airwaves by the short hairs.

I think I'm understanding why people want vinyl - it was the very beginning of true uncensored music. Anyone with vinyl and a turntable is guaranteed to hear the ORIGINAL work of an artist, warts and all. Everything after vinyl has been digitally remastered (translation: censored, modified, upgraded, "enhanced," made more "sell-able.")

Well, this settles it - I'm going back to vinyl. A friend of mine just informed me that there's a unit that converts vinyl to CD, and it's actually almost in my price-range. The conversion takes a long time, but I'm not employed, and winter's coming on, so maybe this might be something I can do. I'll need blank CDs and jackets or jewel cases, but it'll be fun.

We'll see how it goes...
 rah wrote:
I wish wasn't doomed for eternity to imagine high-def blood-spatter patterns CGI bullets crushing cranial tissue whenever I hear this song. 
 

yeah, me too.  but it's the perfect song for it.
 Imkirok wrote:

Agreed.  LZ and Pink Floyd are standing up the best IMO.  But The Who is still winning out over The Doors.
 

Yes, but I have to admit that, having never been a Who fan, I am appreciating them more and more now.  Especially the drums and bass.  I somehow missed that for 35 years?? Go figure.
I wish wasn't doomed for eternity to imagine high-def blood-spatter patterns CGI bullets crushing cranial tissue whenever I hear this song. 
 lee_sf wrote:
Who tunes haven't aged as well as, say, Led Zeppelin (though, oddly, Pete Townsend solo tunes still sound good; I'm thinking in particular of his tracks on Pete Townsend / Ronnie Lane Rough Mix). But I love their personality and energy. Ten years ago, this might have gotten a 9 from me; now it's more like 7-8.
 
Agreed.  LZ and Pink Floyd are standing up the best IMO.  But The Who is still winning out over The Doors.




This song brings it all back...  what memories...  what a great classic...

 

Who tunes haven't aged as well as, say, Led Zeppelin (though, oddly, Pete Townsend solo tunes still sound good; I'm thinking in particular of his tracks on Pete Townsend / Ronnie Lane Rough Mix). But I love their personality and energy. Ten years ago, this might have gotten a 9 from me; now it's more like 7-8.



The Who - "Who Are You" Live-studio (1970´s)

"Its probably because he is improvising, he was the most improvisational drummer has ever seen... "     Trademark691

"I could watch this video for hours. Its a musical eargasm. Its hilarious. Its tragic. Its a masterpiece. There will never be another character like Keith Moon. No disrespect to John Bonham fans, but Moon was the best drummer ever."       tidefootball27

 



Hmm...I just noticed that song that plays during the ending credits (I think?) of "WKRP in Cincinnati" is eerily similar to "Who Are You". Weird.
 tapatia1072 wrote:

Except that this is Daltrey's singing, not Townsend's wailing - which means your statement must not apply to this song, right? {#Naughty}
 
Fred is almost always right.  Be careful what you say.
 sirdroseph wrote:


I now right, they almost ruined this great song, I really do not like that show. but I do like Emily Proctor!{#Hearteyes}
 
I prefer Las Vegas - but do agree than EP is cool - love that southern belle accent!
 fredriley wrote:

If you're really a 'hater hater' then you should keep your flame wars off-board. Put your handbags away, both of you.

This song reminds me of the standard football (soccer, to those across the Pond) chant: "OO ARE YA? OO ARE YA?". Which I'd rather hear than yer man Townsend's wailing.

 
Except that this is Daltrey's singing, not Townsend's wailing - which means your statement must not apply to this song, right? {#Naughty}
 jools wrote:
Oh is CSI on already??
 

I now right, they almost ruined this great song, I really do not like that show. but I do like Emily Proctor!{#Hearteyes}
 Fredrikson wrote:
what a boring song..
 

{#Roflol}Where are you performing your stand up gig? You are pretty good!{#Roflol}
Oh is CSI on already??
what a boring song..
 h8rhater wrote:

Holborne you are a tool.  A clueless tool.  A pompous tool.  A boring tool.  Some might even say a douche-bag.

The world is not the least bit curious about what you like and it doesn't appreciate your profanity.  So... use your last sentence (above) as an instruction to thyself.
 
If you're really a 'hater hater' then you should keep your flame wars off-board. Put your handbags away, both of you.

This song reminds me of the standard football (soccer, to those across the Pond) chant: "OO ARE YA? OO ARE YA?". Which I'd rather hear than yer man Townsend's wailing.

I LOVE RP


 holborne wrote:


Uh, I was asking a sincere question about why people might like a song in which I myself hear nothing of value, not asking them to "justify" why they liked it. See, unlike you, I'm curious about the world around me and in this case, am interested in hearing about why people might like something I don't. And I was obviously addressing people with a brain — a set that doesn't seem to include you. So, you know, fuck off, bitch..

 
Holborne you are a tool... some might even say a douche-bag.

The world is not the least bit curious about what you like and it doesn't appreciate your profanity.  So... use your last sentence (above) as an instruction to thyself.


Keith Moon, The WHO - "Who Are You" Live on Studio:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JgWQ1erBnMo


 calypsus_1 wrote:

Keith Moon - "Who Are You" (isolated drum track at studio):
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=moNGqf6iSME

 
Really some weird drumming on that song when you listen to it!


Keith Moon - "Who Are You" (isolated drum track at studio)

Keith's isolated drum track from Rock Band with video of the band at work and play from "The Kids Are Alright."




Why does that poodle keep asking me who I am?

Another thunderfingers' masterclass...........
 peter_james_bond wrote:

Well who the F#&K are you to say such a thing! {#Wink}
 

Touche.
holborne wrote:

Again, here's a song where I just can't get my head around why anyone likes it. It's just beyond my ken - it's got a dreadful vocal; a stupid, annoying chorus that sounds like a bunch of loons during the late mating season; and some phoned-in instrumental solos. Could someone point out anything worthy about it?

 

stescott100 wrote:

I agree {#Puke} Roger Daltry is bobbins


  I must say a lot of the negative comments are quite hilarious, even if I do disagree and deem this piece to be sublime and godlike

 {#Notworthy}

This song not withstanding one of truely great rock bands! Live they were like a swirling storm of sound incrdible, only Led Zepp could match the intensity of Pete and the boys. Ahhh those were the days! The British invasion era when every band had this truely unique style and creativity the best of rock!


 denmom wrote:
Exactly. Such a good band, marred by that lead singer.  Someone should've taken a lawnmower to that dreadful hair.
 
Well who the F#&K are you to say such a thing! {#Wink}
 wade44 wrote:

Lead singer sounds like Adam Sandler singing  on SNL!


 

That's the dumbest post I've read in a while. The lead singer is Roger Daltry, a musical legend, Adam Sandler an actor an average actor at that !
 Wizzuvv_oz wrote:
Really highlights Kieth's drums though, and thinking of his face playing this (the clip where he has the headphones on) always brings a smile to me.

And probably 9 out of ten Who fans would agree that Roger is a nob.

 

Exactly. Such a good band, marred by that lead singer.  Someone should've taken a lawnmower to that dreadful hair.
 stescott100 wrote:

I agree {#Puke} Roger Daltry is bobbins

  Really highlights Kieth's drums though, and thinking of his face playing this (the clip where he has the headphones on) always brings a smile to me.  Cool song too, I think.

Probably 9 out of ten Who fans would agree that Roger is a nob.  I know Pete T. would.

Lead singer sounds like Adam Sandler singing  on SNL!


 holborne wrote:

Again, here's a song where I just can't get my head around why anyone likes it. It's just beyond my ken — it's got a dreadful vocal; a stupid, annoying chorus that sounds like a bunch of loons during the late mating season; and some phoned-in instrumental solos. Could someone point out anything worthy about it? I'm interested to hear why this song has received such a hearty chorus of hosannas since 1979 or so, and I sure can't figure it out just by listening.


 
I agree {#Puke} Roger Daltry is bobbins

With moonie this was the best live band that I've seen. And the absolute loudest.
It's the chorus the same as they were singing in Whoville in The Grinch?


classic...


Woke up and thought i was watching CSI....Aww, I SOO miss Grissom......


I remember when this came out like it was yesterday...  love it...


 holborne wrote:

Again, here's a song where I just can't get my head around why anyone likes it. It's just beyond my ken — it's got a dreadful vocal; a stupid, annoying chorus that sounds like a bunch of loons during the late mating season; and some phoned-in instrumental solos. Could someone point out anything worthy about it? I'm interested to hear why this song has received such a hearty chorus of hosannas since 1979 or so, and I sure can't figure it out just by listening.


 
Here's one reason this song is historically noteworthy: It proved that synthesizers had a place in rock music. I can't think of a real rock song before this one that had prominent synths. (Except maybe their own Baba O'Reilly.)


This song is great for several reasons, not the least of which being that it was the last of the "Keith Sessions". But the best thing about it has to be the repeated lyric "who the f*ck are you" that makes it past the censors! Gotta love it! {#Roflol}