Front-To-Back: The Who

Written by on February 6, 2019

For all fans of the Pinball Wizards themselves: The Who! Once called the worlds loudest band, The Who had been making waves since their inception and worked to constantly redefine the boundaries of their music, and just how far they could take this whole “Rock N’ Roll” thing, changing music history forever.

This is the first episode of Front-To-Back, looking at an artists discography and playing choice selections from their bands history. I chose the first episode to do The Who as they’d been a staple of mine for such a long time and I wanted to showcase the range and versatility found in the group. You can look out for a new episode of Front-To-Back every 1st Monday of the month. I believe the next one will be either Black Sabbath or The Doors, but that is subject to change of course.

On Front-To-Back: The Who, hear everything from John Entwistles blistering basswork on “The Real Me”, the truly inventive psychedelia of “Armenia City In The Sky”, early Soul James-Brown wanna-be’s on “Out In The Street”, and Pete Townshend’s stripped-down acoustic works, such as the ukulele led delight “Red Blue and Grey” and his Delta influenced trills on “Sunrise”, using techniques ripped directly from his banjo-playing days.

Yes, it would seem that this band has it all. Of course, having only an hour to play music from a band can’t fully justify their broad scope, but I hope that it can act as a closer look at the band for those previously unfamiliar or act as a welcomed reminder of their greatness for fans.

Stream below, my friends!

 

You can also listen to my other shows I run, Left of the Dial and Thoroughly Modern Mondays.

Left of the Dial: “T-Minus: Whenever It Feels Right”

Thoroughly Modern Mondays 1/28/19

For full transparency, I’d rank their discog based on my personal enjoyment like this:

Quadrophenia
Tommy
The Who Sell Out
A Quick One
Who’s Next
Live at Leeds
The Who Sing My Generation
The Who By Numbers
Who Are You
It’s Hard
Face Dances

Some extra cuts that I couldn’t make time for on this program are:

The Who Sing My Generation

“The Ox”
“La-La-Lies”
“The Good’s Gone”
“A Legal Matter”

A Quick One

“A Quick One While He’s Away”
“Whiskey Man”
“Heat Wave”
“Run Run Run”
“I Need You”

The Who Sell Out

“I Can’t Reach You”
“Tattoo”
“Rael 1”
“Our Love Was”

Tommy

“Overture”
“Christmas”
“Eyesight To The Blind”
“Sally Simpson”
“We’re Not Gonna Take It”

Live at Leeds

“My Generation”
“Summertime Blues”

Who’s Next

“This Song Is Over”
“My Wife”
“Going Mobile”

Quadrophenia

“Cut My Hair”
“Doctor Jimmy”
“Bell Boy”
“The Punk and the Godfather”
“5:15”
“The Rock”

The Who By Numbers

“Slip Kid”
“Dreaming From The Waist”
“How Many Friends”

Who Are You

“Sister Disco”
“Trick of the Light”

Non-Album songs

“Zoot Suit” -The first song the band released as their original moniker: The High Numbers
“Pictures Of Lily”
“Batman Theme”
“Heaven and Hell”
“Substitute”
“Pure and Easy”
“Water”
“Long Live Rock”
“Now I’m A Farmer”
“Naked Eye”

Playlist:

Track

Artist

Album

  • I Am The Sea/The Real Me/Quadrophenia
    The Who
    Quadrophenia
  • Bargain
    The Who
    Who's Next
  • Out In The Street
    The Who
    The Who Sing My Generation
  • Go To The Mirror!
    The Who
    Tommy
  • Magic Bus -Live
    The Who
    The Who Live at Leeds
  • Armenia City In The Sky
    The Who
    The Who Sell Out
  • Mary-Anne With The Shaky Hand
    The Who
    The Who Sell Out
  • Silas Stingy
    The Who
    The Who Sell Out
  • Sunrise
    The Who
    The Who Sell Out
  • Red Blue and Grey
    The Who
    The Who By Numbers
  • Boris The Spider
    The Who
    A Quick One
  • Cobwebs and Strange
    The Who
    A Quick One
  • 1921
    The Who
    Tommy
  • Love Reign O'er Me
    The Who
    Quadrophenia

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