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The Who — Bargain
Album: Who's Next
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Released: 1971
Length: 5:29
Plays (last 30 days): 1
I'd gladly lose me to find you
I'd gladly give up all I have
To find you
I'd suffer anything and be glad

I'll pay any price just to get you
I'd work all my life and I will
To win you
I'd stand naked stoned and stabbed

I call that a bargain
The best I ever had
The best I ever had

I'd gladly lose me to find you
Gladly give up all I got
To catch you
I'm gonna run and never stop

I'll pay any price just to win you
Surrender my good life for bad
To find you
I'm gonna drown an unsung man

I call that a bargain
The best I ever had
The best I ever had

I sit lookin' round
I look at my face in the mirror
I know I'm worth nothing
Without you
In Life, one and one don't make two
One and one make one
And I'm lookin' for
That free ride to me
I'm lookin' for you

I'd gladly lose me to find you
Gladly give up all I got
To catch you
I'm gonna run and never stop

I'll pay any price just to win you
Surrender my good life for bad
To find you
I'm gonna drown an unsung man

I call that a bargain
The best I ever had

The best I ever had
Comments (107)add comment
KEITH. F-ING. MOON.
 hayduke2 wrote:
OH MAN THIS SONG FUCKIN RRROOCCKKKSSS!!!!  you douchebags are thinking about pee-pee and missing the BLOODY AWESOME POWER OF THE MUSIC MAN!!!  IT IS AWESOME!!!!!!!    WOOOOHOOOOOO!!!!!!!   (stomp around and loosen up folks!)
 

Haha love your attitude
Keith Moon - one of the best drummers ever.  RIP Keith.
 kingart wrote:

Definitely Daltrey. His voice was powerful, unique and very recognizable. 
 

That's right! I guess Der_Hamburger maybe was confused by the middle part which is sung by Townsend.
 hayduke2 wrote:
OH MAN THIS SONG FUCKIN RRROOCCKKKSSS!!!!  you douchebags are thinking about pee-pee and missing the BLOODY AWESOME POWER OF THE MUSIC MAN!!!  IT IS AWESOME!!!!!!!    WOOOOHOOOOOO!!!!!!!   (stomp around and loosen up folks!)
 
   
I'm with you, Duke!
A true classic album, oft imitated but never outdone.
Hit me as hard as you can i dare you
 number7 wrote:

A classic album cover and an all time favorite album for me.
Where do you find a concrete column in the middle of nowhere anyhow.
 
Pete says in his autobiography that they had to pour water on it.
I have to admit to not being that big of a fan. I think that Pete guy is a bit of a c**t. But I sure do like the drummer.
 Der_Hamburger wrote:
Can somebody help me?
 It is John Entwistle singing or Roger Daltrey? For me, it sounds like J.E.

 Thx a lot!

 
Definitely Daltrey. His voice was powerful, unique and very recognizable. 
Can somebody help me?
 It is John Entwistle singing or Roger Daltrey? For me, it sounds like J.E.

 Thx a lot!
As a 12 year old girl, this album forever changed the way I listened to music.  Except for buying Meet the Beatles when I was 6, I'd say these tunes had a life changing impact on me.  I remember sitting in front of my record player and just listening to it over and over.  Thanks for the trip down memory lane, Bill.
C'mon Bill I am trying to hit the sack... Tunes are just to good...{#Bananajam}

A classic album cover and an all time favorite album for me.
Where do you find a concrete column in the middle of nowhere anyhow.

 Holoien wrote:

 
Well thanks for your input. We'll file it under "Shyte". 
They still ROCK!

Setlist from Thursday night 10-6-16 Santa Barbara! Amazing night!

I Can't Explain
The Seeker
Who Are You
The Kids Are Alright
I Can See for Miles
My Generation
Behind Blue Eyes
Bargain
Join Together
You Better You Bet
5:15
I'm One
The Rock
Love, Reign O'er Me
Eminence Front
Amazing Journey
Sparks
The Acid Queen
Pinball Wizard
See Me, Feel Me
Baba O'Riley
Won't Get Fooled Again


 DanFHiggins wrote:
{#Roflol}  {#Drummer}  Ahhhh -  the Moon Man!  {#Clap}

 
Those drums are a-thumpin!  Love it!
 Stingray wrote:

SUCKO-BARFO for the cover-photo plus title!

Childish!

WHO climbs a mountain to piss?

And another of the many-many bad Who-songs too!

 

PS

Believe it - I like "Tommy" and the many early hits. But their LP's

contain mostly fillers - this is a good example! Biggest Who-problem

is that Townsend can`t play the guitar!




.
 dumb and boring also fits and I didn't like 'Tommy'
 bb_matt wrote:
Honest deep rock that straddles the atlantic. 
 

 
Got the r&b England stole from the USA and gave back. Got the west coast sound England discovered in the USA.
 
Honest deep rock that straddles the atlantic. 
 
 Good God man....if we had to rely on the actual lyrics half of the songs of the last 50 years would suck!
flyboy wrote:
I never really understood this song before.  Just read the lyrics for the first time, and it turns out to be a cool song.

 


I won't say that this album changed my life, but it did alter my perceptions.
I never really understood this song before.  Just read the lyrics for the first time, and it turns out to be a cool song.
{#Roflol}  {#Drummer}  Ahhhh -  the Moon Man!  {#Clap}
Have a great memory of jamming with this tune right after college graduation with a bunch of great friends packed to the gills in the car.
Good times. 
I'm 18 again
 Holoien wrote:
Yes, I not only walk, but run, up a 10000-foot plus mountain to piss.  Every. Single. Time.  C'mon give 'em a break and relish that syncopation.


 

 Stingray wrote:

SUCKO-BARFO for the cover-photo plus title!

Childish!

WHO climbs a mountain to piss?

And another of the many-many bad Who-songs too!

 

PS

Believe it - I like "Tommy" and the many early hits. But their LP's

contain mostly fillers - this is a good example! Biggest Who-problem

is that Townsend can`t play the guitar!



 

To win you I'd stand naked, stoned and stabbed
I call that a bargain
The best I ever had
I saw the Who when they were touring and playing this record.  Great night
OH MAN THIS SONG FUCKIN RRROOCCKKKSSS!!!!  you douchebags are thinking about pee-pee and missing the BLOODY AWESOME POWER OF THE MUSIC MAN!!!  IT IS AWESOME!!!!!!!    WOOOOHOOOOOO!!!!!!!   (stomp around and loosen up folks!)
"Yep, boys will be boys!"
I meant that comment in reference to this one below:
   
Ballzak wrote:
Remember staring at this album cover as a boy many years ago (it was my big bro's record) thinking, "oh.... is that really what I think it is? Tee-hee-hee!"  It seemed so... bad, rebellious, and, well, rock 'n roll, baby!

 


Yep, boys will be boys!
 Cynaera wrote:
I kinda really love this song. I love The Who.  It took me a little while to understand this song, but once I realized it wasn't the song, but the concept, I finally got it.

And then I dropped acid and REALLY got it. (Just kidding.)  Whatever people might say about The Who, they were pioneers, and to me, every song meant something. I guess that would explain why I'm so fu*ked up now.   I love The Who.

Geez - is this confession gonna get me executed?
 

Miss you so much, Cynaera...

love this song...  love this album...
 
Remember staring at this album cover as a boy many years ago (it was my big bro's record) thinking, "oh.... is that really what I think it is? Tee-hee-hee!"  It seemed so... bad, rebellious, and, well, rock 'n roll, baby!
The passion that the Who expressed through their music is what has always grabbed me.
Man listen to the drumming and bass playing...
 sirdroseph wrote:


 absolutely I don't care if he likes kiddie porn.
Dude is a great songwriter and guitarists. 
 

1.) A sad thing to say

2.) A stupid thing to say!


SUCKO-BARFO for the cover-photo plus title!

Childish!

WHO climbs a mountain to piss?

And another of the many-many bad Who-songs too!

 

PS

Believe it - I like "Tommy" and the many early hits. But their LP's

contain mostly fillers - this is a good example! Biggest Who-problem

is that Townsend can`t play the guitar!


RP is a Bargain everyday
 lemmoth wrote:

As for "the allegations"  Bollocks to the bullshit cops.  Pete is an innocent man.

And even if he weren't - I try to separate the art from the artist.

So I guess you walk out of a sports arena or a pub every time Rock and Roll Part 2 comes on.

 

Sentence one; I doubt it. 
  If you actually end up in court for such allegations there was substantial enough evidence to suggests otherwise. Dude payed for a child porn site with his credit card.  If it were not for his high priced lawyer and I suspect a sympathetic jury who was raised on The Whos music he would have served time.

Sentence two; absolutely I don't care if he likes kiddie porn. Dude is a great songwriter and guitarists.

Sentence three; I do walk out but only because that song is horrible!!!
I just love the album cover it really makes me laugh. I can almost hear Townsend saying: "Right.. who's next?"
Still great - after all those years! {#Drummer}
 dmax wrote:


Gotta admit, Green Day's "American Idiot" is a fraternal twin of Quadrophenia. Check it out.
 


 EssexTex wrote:

Oh Fred, I thought you were above "trolling"...I am sad to hear.....I'm guessing you were a "Greebo" then? (biker without a bike)

 
Nah - I steered clear of all teen sub-cultures if I could, not through snobbiness but simply because it could get your head kicked in. So often I saw some poor bugger dressed in a particular subculture uniform get twatted by adherents to another subculture, that I figured the 'personal statement' wasn't worth the time in Accident and Emergency. I did used to wear parkas, but mainly because they were bloody warm. Which reminds me of an old joke from the NI Troubles:

Q: Why aren't there any Mods in Northern Ireland?
A: Well, would you walk around Belfast with a target stitched on your back?

I'll get me parka...

I kinda really love this song. I love The Who.  It took me a little while to understand this song, but once I realized it wasn't the song, but the concept, I finally got it.

And then I dropped acid and REALLY got it. (Just kidding.)  Whatever people might say about The Who, they were pioneers, and to me, every song meant something. I guess that would explain why I'm so fu*ked up now.   I love The Who.

Geez - is this confession gonna get me executed?
Good stuff!   Great band.
lemmoth wrote:
...As for "the allegations" Bollocks to the bullshit cops. Pete is an innocent man.
And even if he weren't - I try to separate the art from the artist.
Thank you.


The.Best.Band.Ever.  Pete's guitar, Keith's drums, John's bass, and Roger's voice.  The Best.
I was 16 and the bargain had already been made behind my back. Fortunately the music carried me through...
It was the best I ever heard...
It all came together with this band.  The quintessential rock band.  Love Keith's machine gun drums!
 garycha wrote:

Good point well made.  And exactly why I have never liked the Who.  OK but just terribly overrated, weak songs, overperformed in every sense.   Keith Moon was a lovable inbecile (apart from regularly dressing up as a Nazi) who was an awful drummer incapable of holding down a beat.   Roger should have stayed trout farming.

And the Who still flogging that deadhorse with quite franky embarassing live shows.

The Townsend kiddy porn allegations finally allowed my mind to dismiss the Who.   We won't get fooled again Pete.

"My Generation" stands alone as a classic and I have always had a soft spot for "Just a Boy".
 
No - I think you missed the point.

Pete - the orchestrator - knew who he had in Keith and John and he constructed the perfomances so that their job was not like 95% of all rock rythm sections - to hold down the beat.

As for the songs - brilliantly conceived and structured - growing from a unique Brit version of American R& B through a unique way of telling stories and delivering rythms and melodies in varying ways.

Roger - the epitome of a front man.  Powerful, emotional vocals and great energy.

Their last tour and album — a triumphant comeback from a place where I agree they were just flogging for dollars and not performing as well.

As for "the allegations"  Bollocks to the bullshit cops.  Pete is an innocent man.

And even if he weren't - I try to separate the art from the artist.

So I guess you walk out of a sports arena or a pub every time Rock and Roll Part 2 comes on.

he sure sounds desperate or crazy ~ lol or just something huh


I'd gladly lose me to find you
I'd gladly give up all I had
To find you I'd suffer anything and be glad I'd pay any price just to get you
I'd work all my life and I will
To win you I'd stand naked, stoned and stabbed I'd call that a bargain
The best I ever had
The best I ever had I'd gladly lose me to find you
I'd gladly give up all I got
To catch you I'm gonna run and never stop I'd pay any price just to win you
Surrender my good life for bad
To find you I'm gonna drown an unsung man I'd call that a bargain
The best I ever had
The best I ever had I sit looking 'round
I look at my face in the the mirror
I know I'm worth nothing without you
In life one and one don't make two
One and one make one
And I'm looking for that free ride to me
I'm looking for you I'd gladly lose me to find you
I'd gladly give up all I got
To catch you I'm gonna run and never stop I'd pay any price just to win you
Surrender my good life for bad
To find you I'm gonna drown an unsung man I'd call that a bargain
The best I ever had
The best I ever had
 Hannio wrote:


No Stones camp?  Back in my jr high days in Munster, Germany, we divided into mods and rockers.  Beatles and Kinks were mods, the Who and Stones rockers.
 
For some reason the Stones didn't really hit us until my first year of high school.  Maybe you needed some beer and girls to really appreciate the Stones. . . commodities hard to come by in Jr. High. . . we liked the Stones too. . .

Not too sure waht a lot of the below has got to do with the music. Say what you will about the private lives of the band members, the song itself is a classic.
Love this one, Moonie shines!{#Drummer}
 garycha wrote:

Good point well made.  And exactly why I have never liked the Who.  OK but just terribly overrated, weak songs, overperformed in every sense.   Keith Moon was a lovable inbecile (apart from regularly dressing up as a Nazi) who was an awful drummer incapable of holding down a beat.   Roger should have stayed trout farming.

And the Who still flogging that deadhorse with quite franky embarassing live shows.

The Townsend kiddy porn allegations finally allowed my mind to dismiss the Who.   We won't get fooled again Pete.

"My Generation" stands alone as a classic and I have always had a soft spot for "Just a Boy".
 
2/10

 DanFHiggins wrote:
Oh - it is a 10(ten) in anybodies math
 

Bump.
 lemmoth wrote:
One of the best examples of a unique aspect of this band.

Listen closely - Moon is playing lead drums.  Entwhistle is playing lead bass.

Pete keeps the rythym and lays out the melody with his guitars
 
Good point well made.  And exactly why I have never liked the Who.  OK but just terribly overrated, weak songs, overperformed in every sense.   Keith Moon was a lovable inbecile (apart from regularly dressing up as a Nazi) who was an awful drummer incapable of holding down a beat.   Roger should have stayed trout farming.

And the Who still flogging that deadhorse with quite franky embarassing live shows.

The Townsend kiddy porn allegations finally allowed my mind to dismiss the Who.   We won't get fooled again Pete.

"My Generation" stands alone as a classic and I have always had a soft spot for "Just a Boy".
Oh - it is a 10(ten) in anybodies math
 fredriley wrote:

Nobody, luckily for us. 1's too good for The Who. Of their time (though they were pretty irritating even then, at least for my young ears). Oh, and Mods were a bunch of proto-yuppie petit-bourgeois poncey posers (that should wind a few folk up ;)).

 
Oh Fred, I thought you were above "trolling"...I am sad to hear.....I'm guessing you were a "Greebo" then? (biker without a bike)

Robert Plant once told me (really) that he was a mod but liked rock n roll...he also told me he got his nose broken during a rampage in Clacton.

 nigelr wrote:
So who's making music like this today?
 
Nobody, luckily for us. 1's too good for The Who. Of their time (though they were pretty irritating even then, at least for my young ears). Oh, and Mods were a bunch of proto-yuppie petit-bourgeois poncey posers (that should wind a few folk up ;)).

 nigelr wrote:
So who's making music like this today?
 

Gotta admit, Green Day's "American Idiot" is a fraternal twin of Quadrophenia. Check it out.


Wonderful note sustain on this song.
 copymonkey wrote:
 Hannio wrote:


No Stones camp?  Back in my jr high days in Munster, Germany, we divided into mods and rockers.  Beatles and Kinks were mods, the Who and Stones rockers.
 
Kinda odd that—since The Who (nee the High Numbers) got their start as, basically, the house band for the mods.

 
But they certainly rock!

I was thinking the same thing.  Quadrophenia certainly aligns The Who with the Mods.




I was 13 when this came out.  Hearing Who's Next  for the first time all the way through on old-school progressive FM radio changed my musical tastes forever.  Almost 40 years later I still remember sitting transfixed listening to this, and it still sends that shiver of discovery up my spine.

10
I really love Pete's voice on this. Such a plaintive quality.
 Hannio wrote:


No Stones camp?  Back in my jr high days in Munster, Germany, we divided into mods and rockers.  Beatles and Kinks were mods, the Who and Stones rockers.
 
Kinda odd that—since The Who (nee the High Numbers) got their start as, basically, the house band for the mods.

So who's making music like this today?
Godlike!
Mods and Rockers, showing your years Hannio!

 vandal wrote:

Although we weren't old enough to really experience the true "British Invasion," my Jr. High buddies and I could all be divided cleanly into 3 neat camps: The Kinks, The Beatles, and The Who. . .

Long live The Who!

 

No Stones camp?  Back in my jr high days in Munster, Germany, we divided into mods and rockers.  Beatles and Kinks were mods, the Who and Stones rockers.
 Wizzuvv_oz wrote:
excellent point.  You inadvertantly make another one.....and Roger is doing what, precisely? 
 
{#Lol}  Being Important! 

The best we ever "heard"
 lemmoth wrote:
One of the best examples of a unique aspect of this band.

Listen closely - Moon is playing lead drums.  Entwhistle is playing lead bass.

Pete keeps the rythym and lays out the melody with his guitars
  excellent point.  You inadvertantly make another one.....and Roger is doing what, precisely? 
 Stingray wrote:
considered to be a good CD
Hah. This album was a dozen years old before CDs appeared.

One of the best examples of a unique aspect of this band.

Listen closely - Moon is playing lead drums.  Entwhistle is playing lead bass.

Pete keeps the rythym and lays out the melody with his guitars
 JKFinally wrote:
Almost indisputably the best rock album of all time
 
You could definitely argue that.  One of my all time faves.
Saw them on the Who's Next tour in Bloomington, MN.  A most excellent concert.
Daltrey's scream toward the end of Won't Get Fooled Again sent chills down my spine!
Saw them a couple years back.  Still enjoyable, but just not like the old days.
Check out the Who Live at the Isle of Wight or the recent live package with two live concerts from '69 and '77.

Almost indisputably the best rock album of all time
 gjeeg wrote:
Saw them - my first rock concert - August 1971 - Forest Hills Queens NYC
 
Your first concert was the Who in '71?! Every other concert must have been a disappointment!

I may have jposted something to this effect already, but Who fans should check out that "Amazing Journey: The Story of The Who" DVD.  _Excellent_ old footage. 

Stuttering sonic serendipity
Brilliant album.

I call this a bargain at a 9 rating


 Jungle_Jim wrote:
One of the great rock albums. It never dates whatsoever. The Who crystalise a sound on Who's Next that stayed with them throughout the 70s, and became a blueprint for a lot of 'big' sounding rock even going up to bands like U2. Won't Get Fooled Again, Baba OReilly, Behind Blue Eyes, Bargain - it doesn't get any better.
 
I was just going to try and say the same thing. I can't do as well as you did, let alone improve on it. Bravo! {#Clap}
One of the great rock albums. It never dates whatsoever. The Who crystalise a sound on Who's Next that stayed with them throughout the 70s, and became a blueprint for a lot of 'big' sounding rock even going up to bands like U2. Won't Get Fooled Again, Baba OReilly, Behind Blue Eyes, Bargain - it doesn't get any better.


The album cover portrays the heretics taking a leak on the Great Holy Orb....


Never, never gets old.
 southernman wrote:
God Bless Keith Moon!!!!!
 
Says it all!


God Bless Keith Moon!!!!!
I dreamt last night! seriously, that Pete and Roger came up to my brother and me and let me take the mike, Pete and my brother the guitar, Roger on bass and I was belting out See Me, Feel Me.... just as though we were all blokes, friends, buds....
The Who are wired deeply into my unconscious.
Because of Who's Next.
Every note and chord that Pete chops on Who's Next is ingrained in the soul of a generation. 

Saw them - my first rock concert - August 1971 - Forest Hills Queens NYC


I have seen the famous wrecking of  the whole equipment back in the sixties!
They really didn't make any money in their first years,had to buy new stuff for the gig-money.
So the story says.
Love their work as musicians as well! 
First LP I literally wore out.
What a great lovesong!!  Gritty, yet all the more tender for it.
Saw them last night.    Great.   Pete was amazing.  They did not play this alas.  BUT Plenty of others. 
Can't Explain
The Seeker
Anyway Anyhow Anywhere
Fragments
Who Are You
Behind Blue Eyes
Real Good Looking Boy
Sister Disco
Baba O'Riley
Getting In Tune
Eminence Front
5.15
Love Reign O'er Me
My Generation
Won't Get Fooled Again
Pinball Wizard
Amazing Journey
Sparks
See Me/Feel Me
Tea And Theatre


8.  One of my favorite Who albums, although I think this is one of the weaker picks.  Something about the cover speaks to them not being happy happy with Kubrick......{#Stupid}
Seems like only yesterday. This number is truly amazing. Amazing drums.

Although we weren't old enough to really experience the true "British Invasion," my Jr. High buddies and I could all be divided cleanly into 3 neat camps: The Kinks, The Beatles, and The Who. . .

Long live The Who!

The gormeister approveth.

I like the Who but feel rather indifferent.  I never really dialed in, even when it was innovative and all the rage, and very much part of the background music when I was growing up.


But I really, really like the idea of listening to a radio station that plays lots of Who.


Anybody else relate to that honda?   Or do you have to be over 50?  {#Sunny}


Interesting - I was watching the "Classic Albums" Who's Next edition yesterday. They looked to me in some of the video clips from 1966 like the worlds first punk band.

They would tell themselves that the "girls are all in the back rows, we just can't see them", but it was nothing but boys - head thrashing at the foot of the stage. A preview of the American (and British) Punk scene.

Love this vinyl.

My wife HATES it.


though considered to be a good CD, this is certainly not my piece of cake. And I like the WHO!

Stingray
This was the first record I ever bought, back in the early 70's. It was great, the disc was big, heavy and thick, I think it had a Decca label. Loved it! Was a big influence in my "formative years."
worldwalker wrote:
More More..... Encore...
Too true.
More More..... Encore...
This was a great disc to "discover" as a 17-year-old (this was in 1997). One of those albums that just blows you away from the word "go." It rocks out with its cock out, but its also very deep lyrically.
First time EVER plaved on RP? Now that's just criminal. One of my all-time favorite Who selections. Rock On!!!
More shouting...... & crap by Who??? WTF!!! & BTW the door's on the other side of the HH.