Also The Who found their place in the list of the Greatest Bands Of All Times due to their hits, which became classical nowadays and the onstage behavior: The Who were the first ones to start crashing the instruments after the show. What kind of wreck has the life made him? Come on tell me, who are you? Pete Townsend, aware of this attitude by the punks wrote a song Who are You? A Policeman woke him up and recoginized him and said the famous line. However, when punk rock became the new buzz on the British rock scene in 1976 and 1977, it was as if Townshend's desire for musical anarchy and intelligent rage had finally found its perfect vehicle. He then angrily stormed out of the bar and passed out a block away. The expletives, while not clearly enunciated and slightly obscured by Moon's drum fills, are nevertheless quite audible.
After this excruciating meeting he received a large check for royalties, left and went to a bar and got completely drunk. Sex And The City Star Kim Cattrell discovers how her grandfather went awol from the family, and became a stowaway. But my understanding is this is Townshend thanking Daltery for saving his life. After The Who performed at the famous Woodstock festival in 1969 they achieved the international recognition. At the club were Steve Jones and Paul Cook of the Sex Pistols, obviously not only the new rage musically, but in Petes's mind everything that he had left behind. Some people here looking for hidden meanings.
Townshend stopped in at The Speakeasy, a club long known as a hangout for the old guard of British rock, and wasted no time tying one on; after he was a full three sheets to the wind, he was informed that two members of the Sex Pistols were in attendance. I staggered back to the underground And the breeze blew back my hair -still just the subway I remember throwin' punches around And preachin' from my chair -this time, the flash back is to the 'preachin' to the Sex Pistols as Brian suggested, which reportedly lead to a fist fight Who are you -a message to the Sex Pistols, maybe violent and asking who they think they are, or maybe a challenge to really defign themselves and step up to take The Whoo's placeI took the Tube back out of town Back to the Rollin' Pin -still the subway. I remember throwing punches around and preaching from my chair, more attempts to get their point across. Apparently, he hit rock bottom and actually found himself face to face with a cop after collapsing in public. And while he didn't quite seem to be one of the hated rock dinosaurs punk was meant to eradicate, he was still viewed as having more in common with Eric Clapton and Mick Jagger -- both near the top of the hit list -- than any of the young upstarts even Paul Weller of the Jam, the punk band with the most obvious stylistic debt to the Who, told Townshend in an interview it was high time the band started overhauling its live set. As for Brandon's question about the final verse on the album version, not the single release about Spit out like a sewer I think this is probably about him getting back to his long suffering wife the following morning! I don't believe God is in there in some symbolic reference.
You could insert any lyric in any one of the verses. To verify this actually event occuring there is a foto of the 3 sitting at i believe the roxy. You also can hear the piece in a classical arrangement performed by the Bach Chamber Choir see below on May 21, 2010. Roger Daltrey recalled to Uncut magazine: We were getting incredible accolades from some of the new Punk bands. That pressure is beautiful but scary at the same time. You can learn from my mistakes But you're posing in the glass again. I really wanna know Oh I really wanna know Come on tell me who are you You You Ow.
The song has since been featured on multiple compilation albums. Thus the line I spit out like a sewer hole and still receive your kiss, how can I measure up to anyone else after such a love as this. That is what the song is about. The idealist in me wants to believe that he made the song to make a deep statement through a passed-over, societally insignificant person's view; but the more cynical side of me thinks it's more likely that this song originated from his fight with the Sex Pistols, and the conversation with God is no more than a cover. You can go sleep at home tonight if you can get up and walk away. The rolling pin is his wife obviously.
Townshend has only vague memories of writing this song, as he composed it with a hangover. The earlier parts are autobiographical, with him getting into the Sex Pistols and repeatedly and sarcastically asking them who they think they are. Soho is the night-club area and Pete was drinking with Steve Cook and Paul Jones of the sex pistols. Oh tell me who are you Who are you? Davids, EnglandThis song is superb. Tell me tell me who are you Who are you? And instead of being happy about it. It may be a prayer for the destitute man. Pete Townshend is such an underated guitarist.
The subculture of the Mods -- a subculture which informed the early music of the Who, who in time would come to personify mod thinking in the eyes of many fans -- was once described as an effort to transform revolt into style. It was released as a double-A sided single with the composition , also featured on the album. The arrangement is what is so compelling. 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 hiccuped And looked back on my busy day Eleven hours in the Tin Pan God, there's got to be another way Well, who are you? Pete Townshend always seems to have some sort of spiritual meaning in a lot of his songs. After going out drinking with and of the , Townshend was found in a doorway by a policeman, who let him go if he could safely walk away.
I staggered back to the underground And the breeze blew back my hair -meaning the subway, the 'brease' a passing train I remember throwin' punches around And preachin' from my chair -this flashes back to hard times, but what he was 'preachin' about is debateable I took the Tube back out of town Back to the Rollin' Pin -took the subway, but where is 'the Rollin' Pin'? The Who's angry, punk rock style of performing songs is shown at its best in this song. Perhaps a reflection of the rebelists hair, and the Underground as a symbolic place to gain noteriety since underground music was hot in the eighties. They were saying how much they loved The Who, that we were the only band they'd leave alive after they'd taken out the rest of the establishment! Thus, the audience was greatly satisfied. It alludes to a punk - but refers to Townshend himself - the two give aways are firstly, dying clown - Townshend referred to himself autobiographically as a paper clown in the first line of However Much I Booze on Who By Numbers, and secondly, eleven hours in the Tin Pan - referring to the recording studio. The first is by the musician James Taylor, which you can listen to.