My iPod #58: The Who – Baba O’Riley

NOT ‘Teenage Wasteland’.

“What are you going to do now?”
“Rest until July, then I’ll find something to do.”

That was one exchange of words by my mum and I after I had finished my last exam in secondary school. I have been working endlessly all year for this stuff, and it feels like a whole weight has been lifted off my shoulders, it feels very relaxing. Everytime I feel like I should be doing something… but I don’t, and it feels weird and a bit creepy.

It’s fine not doing anything at the moment but seeing as other people still have exams to do, it’s quite boring being in your house by yourself when the weather’s crappy and there’s nothing on except…. daytime television…. eurgh.

At least I have my iTunes library to keep me company. And that reminds me… it’s the second of the ‘B’ series. Yay.

I feel like I’ve already gone on about The Who in an earlier post, so I won’t rabble on too much. “Who’s Next”, the album ‘Baba O’Riley’ is on, is actually the most recent one of theirs that I downloaded and listened to. It’s considered to be their magnum opus by many critics, and I knew that their two most overplayed songs including this and “Won’t Get Fooled Again” were on it. I didn’t want to listen to an album which I thought was only good for two songs, so I chose to listen to “Quadrophenia” and “Sell Out” instead. Heck, I might have even listened to “By Numbers” before it. I can’t remember. I’ll have a look at my computer.

Yeah, “Who’s Next” is beast. This song is the perfect way to start things off.

Firstly, the synthesiser which seems to last for an eternity until the descending riff is introduced by the piano and Moon’s drums come crashing in. “Who’s Next” is mainly regarded to be the album in which each individual member had reached their peak in creativity, much like “Revolver” by The Beatles. Although Roger Daltrey wasn’t much of a songwriter, but listen to his vocals on here compared to those of “Tommy”… I know right? Pete Townshend was well in the way of writing songs with meaning, and with links between one another to tell a story, simply put as a concept album, and had completely abandoned the writing for the “singles band” that The Who was once regarded to be. John Entwistle and Keith Moon…. well with a rhythm section like that, how much better can you get? Come on, people.

Yep. I don’t want to ruin the song for you. It’s already up there.

Until tomorrow.


P.S. I can confirm that I did listen to “The Who by Numbers” before “Who’s Next”. And what… bitch.


Author: Jamie Kyei Manteaw

An English student at Coventry University who spends most days listening to music (old and new) and reading and writing about it, however informal it may be. And studying too, obviously.

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