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Gregg Bolinger
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So I heared this song on the radio, "Behind Blue Eyes" and it is really cool. And then I find out the Limp Bizkit performs it. So then I was really dissapointed. But then I found out that it was a The Who cover. So that was good. I can just listen to The Who's version.
Can anyone suggest some other good The Who songs? I have never really listened to them before.
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Why do you care who the band is? It's a good song that I like also, but I like most of LB stuff.


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Can anyone suggest some other good The Who songs? I have never really listened to them before.
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The Who was one of the great English invasion bands, and like the Stones, Pink Floyd and Led Zeppelin, forever altered music as we know it. The Who's primary contribution was the grand epic "concept" album, although they simply wrote tons of great music.
If you get a chance, you might want to rent Tommy, the totally surreal movie based on the Tommy album. To list good Who songs is almost impossible, but I'll try:
The first three albums showed glimpes of greatness: My Generation, The Kids Are Alright,Happy Jack (currently of all things a Hummer jingle), I Can See For Miles.
After a few albums of finding their way, they then broke out.
Tommy: Virtually everything on this album is classic. It is really hard to pick a mediocre song on this album, although many of them are only really understandable in context of the whole album.
Who's Next: Same here, though Baba O-Riley is probably the 70's teen anthem, Magic Bus the greatest road song ever written, and Goin' Mobile, Behind Blue Eyes, and Won't Get Fooled Again are classic protest songs.
Personally, I am not as fond of the next three albums (Quadrophenia fans will lynch me in effigy for this), although they still produced some classic tracks: 5:15, The Real Me, Love Reign O'er Me, Who Are You, Squeeze Box, maybe even Slip Kid.
Face Dances I'd rather not talk about, and It's Hard has a couple of good tunes.
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Why do you care who the band is?
Well when you find one song you like, it's reasonable to wonder who the band is so you can see if they also did other stuff you'd like. Evidently Gregg has already ruled out Limp Bizkit for the most part, but not The Who.
Some past discussion of The Who can be found here and here. I'm not as big a fan as Joe, nor as familiar with the albums beyond what I've heard on the radio - but I'll second his recommendations for the individual songs he's named, especially the later ones. "Baba O'Riley" is my own favorite, then maybe "Love Reign O'er Me", "Behind Blue Eyes", "Won't Get Fooled Again".
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There's a compilation record called "Meaty, Beaty, Big and Bouncy" which collects all the early hits. It's a great introduction to the band.


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Originally posted by Jim Yingst:

Well when you find one song you like, it's reasonable to wonder who the band is so you can see if they also did other stuff you'd like. Evidently Gregg has already ruled out Limp Bizkit for the most part, but not The Who.
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Yes but he said when he found out who it was he won't listen to that version when he liked it before he knew
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I never really liked Tommy. My favorite Who album is Quadraphenia.


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Originally posted by Tim Baker:

Yes but he said when he found out who it was he won't listen to that version when he liked it before he knew

I just can't stand Fred Durst is all. So if I know he is singing it, it makes it hard for me to listen to it. Even though the song is good, the artist is worthless. I guess I look at music differently than most people though...
Big surprise though, Fred Durst sings a good song, and it isn't even his. He got a lot of credit for Staind's Outside as well, and all he did was stand there behind Aaron Lewis and chime in on the chorus a bit, and then swear at the crowd. Pathetic.
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I never really liked Tommy.
I've heard of this before. I believe they are working on a cure, but it's been difficult to find people willing to admit to this rare malady.
Seriously, though, I can't tell you how much that music means.
Pinball Wizard: Perhaps the most commonly recognizable use of those incredible Entwistle power bass chords.
We're not Gonna Take It: Two of the most wonderful lyrics in history. First, the most fun:
"And put in your earplugs
put on your eyeshades
you know where to put the cork."
And then one of the more poignant, as the masses turn their back on their "Messiah":
"We ain't gonna take you
Never did and never will
We're not gonna take you
We forsake you
Gonna rape you
Let's forget you better still."
And of course, The Acid Queen, although once you've heard Tina Turner's version, nothing compares.
Anyway, it's a great album. The songs are for the most part short and simple, sometimes only a couple of lines, but the musical atmosphere around them is still unmatched to this day for me.
Joe
 
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