Radio Mans fave with The Who


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The Who are an English rock band formed in London in 1964. Their core lineup consisted of lead vocalist Roger Daltrey, guitarist Pete Townshend, bassist John Entwistle and drummer Keith Moon. They are considered one of the most influential rock bands of the 20th century, and have sold over 100 million records worldwide. Their contributions to rock music include the development of the Marshall Stack, large PA systems, the use of the synthesizer, Entwistle and Moon’s influential playing styles, Townshend’s feedback and power chord guitar technique, and the development of the rock opera. They are cited as an influence by many hard rockpunkpower pop and mod bands, and their songs are still regularly played. The Who were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1990.

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  1. I love this song. Google the Shepperton Studios version.

    “It’s only a teenage wasteland”

    According to Pete Townsend, the song was inspired by “the absolute desolation of teenagers at Woodstock, where audience members were strung out on acid and 20 people had brain damage. The irony was that some listeners took the song to be a teenage celebration.”

    And 50 years later, Roger Daltrey says it is a stark warning to kids to get off social media.

    “‘Teenage Wasteland’ speaks to generation after generation,” Daltrey told the Big Issue in a recent interview. “The bridge – ‘Don’t cry / Don’t raise your eye / It’s only teenage wasteland’ – if that doesn’t say more about the new generation, I don’t know what does.”

    “Talking ’bout my generation” … or generation after generation because The Who didn’t “die before they got old”


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