Monday, February 8, 2010

The Who: I Can`t Explain

The Who were one of the many classic rock cornerstones of the werewolf's youth. "Behind Blue Eyes" has one of the most awesome transitions from heartbroken ballad to face peeling hard rock ever. Their contributions to rock 'n' roll are epic and people with a decent taste in music owe them a debt of gratitude. Like all bands that are talented enough to have a career spanning many decades, The Who's sound evolved from classic British invasion rock (I Can't Explain), to hard hitting head banging (Who are you), to more mellow rhythmic rock (Eminence Front). A storied and impressive career if there ever was one. They are right up there with the Rolling Stones and Aerosmith. Let's take a step back to realize that the video featured in this post was from 1965. LBJ had only been president for two years!

While the werewolf was glad to note that some of them are still kicking, their presence at the super bowl confirmed his suspicion that some rock acts are best relegated to retirement. Watching Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend was akin to the USSR thinking it could pass off it's gerontocracy of Yuri Andropov and Konstantin Chernenko in the early 1980's as legit leadership. I mean this these guy's looked like they just got a day pass from their Florida retirement community. Daltrey's strained voice is a husk of its former self and he permeated an acknowledged guilt of sucking. Poor Townshend looked like he shat his pants at one point. It was a little pathetic to watch these rock gods play one encore too many. That being said, the werewolf raises a paw to salute one of the best rock bands to grace this lifetime. You guys have earned your retirement. Enjoy it!

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