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(YouTube)   Happy 68th birthday to Pete Townshend. Here is a recent Letterman appearance where he talks about being a third of the way to becoming a pinball wizard   (youtube.com) divider line 35
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2013-05-19 08:38:01 AM  
eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee
 
2013-05-19 08:59:21 AM  
He's not *THAT* dumb.
 
2013-05-19 09:09:18 AM  

dittybopper: He's not *THAT* dumb.



Between the homeopathy endorsement, the whole child porn "research" thing and actually thinking that he could pull off Lifehouse, I'm not sure

Guy's a brilliant songwriter and musician but I think that may be his only area of competence.
 
2013-05-19 09:35:13 AM  
i4.photobucket.com

Research... my ass.
 
2013-05-19 09:53:07 AM  
Between the whole pedophile research thing and this quote:

In the November 14, 1990 issue of Newsweek Townshed explained: "I know how it feels to be a woman because I am a woman, and I won't be classified as just a man."

I have a hard time taking him seriously anymore.
 
2013-05-19 09:56:13 AM  
Who?
 
2013-05-19 10:09:56 AM  
All Who songs sound alike. Overrated guitarist and songwriter. If his "research" had occurred after the Savile /Stuart Hall/Gary Glitter scandal, he might be doing time right now. Of course, Glitter should have already been doing time long ago.
 
2013-05-19 10:19:55 AM  

Snapper Carr: dittybopper: He's not *THAT* dumb.


Between the homeopathy endorsement, the whole child porn "research" thing and actually thinking that he could pull off Lifehouse, I'm not sure

Guy's a brilliant songwriter and musician but I think that may be his only area of competence.


Not at all. He is astonishingly smart.
 
2013-05-19 10:24:54 AM  
He should be in jail.
 
2013-05-19 10:25:56 AM  
He's dumb?
 
2013-05-19 10:41:48 AM  
over-rated guitarist is WAY over rated.. "Look at me I'm doing that windmill thing!"
 
2013-05-19 10:59:48 AM  
orange whip

Listen to the whole Live at Leeds concert and you will discover he is not over rated.
 
2013-05-19 11:02:28 AM  

JK8Fan: All Who songs sound alike. Overrated guitarist and songwriter. If his "research" had occurred after the Savile /Stuart Hall/Gary Glitter scandal, he might be doing time right now. Of course, Glitter should have already been doing time long ago.



  Townshend caught a major break...The guy (Eric Rosser) that played keyboards for John Melloncamp is still locked up..and he was arrested in 2001..
 
2013-05-19 11:19:09 AM  
68? That's it? I honestly thought he was over 70.
 
2013-05-19 12:06:07 PM  

wiseolddude: orange whip

Listen to the whole Live at Leeds concert and you will discover he is not over rated.


Apparently not enough scrunchy face for orange whip.

/some people are lost without a laugh track
 
2013-05-19 12:27:53 PM  
"Overrated"

I love music comments from non-musicians. Makes me chuckle.

Yeah. "Live At Leeds" is a great starting point.

Pete is a profound influence.(Entwistle too)
Townshend had a direct impact on Marshall/Hiwatt amplification. (SUNN0))) also)
Him and Entwistle demanded more power and vollume and this directly led to modern high wattage amplifiers. Sorry,Hendrix would never have become "HENDRIX" with just a Fender Twin.

All guitarists after 1965 owe a huge immeasurable debt to Townshend.


....also,John Entwistle's specific demands for a certain bass tone directly led to the developement of the round-wound bass string. Just imagine Flea or Les Claypool trying to "slap" on old original bass flatwound strings.
 
2013-05-19 12:45:23 PM  
 Im a little fuzzy today...Who did the smashing guitar thing first??  Hendrix or Townshend?
 
2013-05-19 02:55:36 PM  
25.media.tumblr.com

♪♫  I throw your children in my van sometimes
Saying ayo, I'm a pedo!
♪♫
 
2013-05-19 06:29:54 PM  

AcesFull: JK8Fan: All Who songs sound alike. Overrated guitarist and songwriter. If his "research" had occurred after the Savile /Stuart Hall/Gary Glitter scandal, he might be doing time right now. Of course, Glitter should have already been doing time long ago.


  Townshend caught a major break...The guy (Eric Rosser) that played keyboards for John Melloncamp is still locked up..and he was arrested in 2001..


Ummm, yeah, Rosser did a little more than log in to a website:

Eric Franklin Rosser, 51, a former keyboardist for John Mellencamp who was on the FBI's 10 Most Wanted List, pleaded guilty to child pornography and international conspiracy charges in July. He confessed to producing a sexually explicit video with a preteen Thai girl and trading it for pornography involving two Bloomington girls.

http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2003-10-26/news/0310260444_1_chil d- pornography-eric-franklin-rosser-explicit

Yeah, if you actually make it, rather than just end up on a website, you really should just rot in prison.
 
2013-05-19 06:46:12 PM  
Who?
 
2013-05-19 07:10:38 PM  

JK8Fan: All Who songs sound alike. Overrated guitarist and songwriter.


Well, he may be a one trick pony, but like AC/DC, it's a really good trick.
 
2013-05-19 08:00:25 PM  
"....all Who songs sound alike"


Really?


"The Relay" sounds like "Love Reiign O'er Me"??

"Sister Disco" sounds like "Join Together"??   "Eminence Front" like "The Seeker" ??

....your ass,please stop talking out of it.
 
2013-05-19 09:14:59 PM  
Fantastic and innovative musician.  I became a farmer after hearing "Now I'm a Farmer" and haven't looked back since thanks to government subsidies!
 
2013-05-19 11:01:38 PM  

craigdamage: "Overrated"

I love music comments from non-musicians. Makes me chuckle.

Yeah. "Live At Leeds" is a great starting point.

Pete is a profound influence.(Entwistle too)
Townshend had a direct impact on Marshall/Hiwatt amplification. (SUNN0))) also)
Him and Entwistle demanded more power and vollume and this directly led to modern high wattage amplifiers. Sorry,Hendrix would never have become "HENDRIX" with just a Fender Twin.

All guitarists after 1965 owe a huge immeasurable debt to Townshend.


....also,John Entwistle's specific demands for a certain bass tone directly led to the developement of the round-wound bass string. Just imagine Flea or Les Claypool trying to "slap" on old original bass flatwound strings.


I can't tell if you're being serious here. Do you really, honestly think there would not have been advances in guitar technology without Mr. Pedo?
 
2013-05-20 12:09:20 AM  
Great rhythm guitar player, performer, and songwriter, okay singer, completely forgettable as a lead guitar player.
I had "The Kids are Alright" on VHS and must have watched it every day I came home from junior high before putting in "Stripes".
I wish they had played "Join Together" at the Super Bowl.
 
2013-05-20 01:17:02 AM  
Pete Townshend IS responsible.

had he not existed....sure,somebody else would have later....what is your point?


you could say the same thing about anybody/anything. Tesla,Edison...etc....somebody else eventually,whatever.

Who the f*ck are you?
Are you a musician?
Guitarist?
....ever heard of "google"?
 
2013-05-20 06:24:02 AM  

craigdamage: Pete Townshend IS responsible.

had he not existed....sure,somebody else would have later....what is your point?


you could say the same thing about anybody/anything. Tesla,Edison...etc....somebody else eventually,whatever.

Who the f*ck are you?
Are you a musician?
Guitarist?
....ever heard of "google"?


The guitar was pretty much brand new to the popular scene. It would have been about five minutes for someone else to demand and figure out how to create new sound out of their instruments.

Slight refinements to an object are nothing like discovering new phenomena of nature or harnessing said phenomena.
 
2013-05-20 08:32:22 AM  

craigdamage: "Overrated"

I love music comments from non-musicians. Makes me chuckle.

Yeah. "Live At Leeds" is a great starting point.

Pete is a profound influence.(Entwistle too)
Townshend had a direct impact on Marshall/Hiwatt amplification. (SUNN0))) also)
Him and Entwistle demanded more power and vollume and this directly led to modern high wattage amplifiers. Sorry,Hendrix would never have become "HENDRIX" with just a Fender Twin.

All guitarists after 1965 owe a huge immeasurable debt to Townshend.


....also,John Entwistle's specific demands for a certain bass tone directly led to the developement of the round-wound bass string. Just imagine Flea or Les Claypool trying to "slap" on old original bass flatwound strings.


Nice...thanks
 
2013-05-20 08:35:17 AM  

Shakin_Haitian: craigdamage: "Overrated"

I love music comments from non-musicians. Makes me chuckle.

Yeah. "Live At Leeds" is a great starting point.

Pete is a profound influence.(Entwistle too)
Townshend had a direct impact on Marshall/Hiwatt amplification. (SUNN0))) also)
Him and Entwistle demanded more power and vollume and this directly led to modern high wattage amplifiers. Sorry,Hendrix would never have become "HENDRIX" with just a Fender Twin.

All guitarists after 1965 owe a huge immeasurable debt to Townshend.


....also,John Entwistle's specific demands for a certain bass tone directly led to the developement of the round-wound bass string. Just imagine Flea or Les Claypool trying to "slap" on old original bass flatwound strings.

I can't tell if you're being serious here. Do you really, honestly think there would not have been advances in guitar technology without Mr. Pedo?


How can you seriously not think so.....do a little homework.
 
2013-05-20 08:58:22 AM  
To those saying he's an overrated guitarist... well I used to think the same thing until I actually had to LEARN a large chunk of his material. That sh*t is hard and he rarely plays the same thing twice. The thing is he is a highly educated musician so his talent lies more in how he voices and executes his chords. Harmony is the root of music and far more complex than melody. Basically you can noodle your arse off all day but it won't mean a thing without a decent harmony to back it up (harmony guides the melody). For leads yes he does tend to be a little sloppy but I think that has more to do with him improvising most of that stuff (very difficult over complex chord patterns) and the fact he tends to focus more on the spectacle than the performance. However he could rip out some high speed squealers as can be heard on quite a few tracks from Live at Leeds (the extended version).

YMYK
 
2013-05-20 09:37:50 AM  

here to help: To those saying he's an overrated guitarist... well I used to think the same thing until I actually had to LEARN a large chunk of his material. That sh*t is hard and he rarely plays the same thing twice. The thing is he is a highly educated musician so his talent lies more in how he voices and executes his chords. Harmony is the root of music and far more complex than melody. Basically you can noodle your arse off all day but it won't mean a thing without a decent harmony to back it up (harmony guides the melody). For leads yes he does tend to be a little sloppy but I think that has more to do with him improvising most of that stuff (very difficult over complex chord patterns) and the fact he tends to focus more on the spectacle than the performance. However he could rip out some high speed squealers as can be heard on quite a few tracks from Live at Leeds (the extended version).

YMYK


this.  the chord progressions in quadrophenia blow me away.  he has a way of walking a progression up or down using chords i've never thought or heard of. and the band was way damned talented all the way around.

listen to "a quick one - while he's away" from the stones "rock and roll circus".  damn.
 
2013-05-20 09:52:42 AM  

JK8Fan: All Who songs sound alike. Overrated guitarist and songwriter. If his "research" had occurred after the Savile /Stuart Hall/Gary Glitter scandal, he might be doing time right now. Of course, Glitter should have already been doing time long ago.


So THIS... "Boris The Spider", "Love Reign O'er Me", "905", "Armenia City In The Sky", "Eminence Front", "The Song Is Over"... It's like they're the SAME DAMN SONG! I know I can't tell one from the other.

And Pete? Sure, Herbie Hancock has worked with him, and lauded his guitar skills on "Good Morning America", but it's not like that no-talent assclown knows anything about music...
 
2013-05-20 10:28:38 AM  

GibbyTheMole: So THIS... "Boris The Spider", "Love Reign O'er Me", "905", "Armenia City In The Sky", "Eminence Front", "The Song Is Over"... It's like they're the SAME DAMN SONG! I know I can't tell one from the other.


Are you retarded or trolling? Boris the Spider and Reign O'er Me are like the same damned song? First off Boris is an Entwistle tune... second they are polar opposites of each other on the Who spectrum which is very wide. Yes some of the material is similar but that's due to some of the thematic writing style Townsend employs. Tommy and Quadraphenia are concept albums that use recurring themes intentionally so scratch any of that material off your gripe list (not to mention Townsend has often said that he revisits themes linking older songs to newer material... example: A Quick One is the prequel to Tommy). The other stuff sometimes employs similar progressions but that's to be expected of ANY artist who writes their own material. However amongst original bands of that era The Who are probably the least formulaic of the bunch. Listen to I Can See For Miles, Squeeze Box and Goin' Mobile back to back. Completely different vibes. Now listen to Led Zeppelin who aside from a few exceptions do the same thing every time... or for a more extreme example AC/DC. Doesn't mean they are crummy bands it just means they are who they are, knew what worked for them and stuck to it. Townsend took a LOT of risks by straying from the My Gen formula and had a lot of flops (in the public's eye) because of it.

tl;dr... You obviously have no ear for music and have no idea what you are talking about. Go listen to some Bieber or the latest Poptart so you don't overload the circuits in your brain that handle tonal perception.

And no I'm not butthurt... just bored and figured I'd correct your woefully inaccurate assessment.

toddism: listen to "a quick one - while he's away" from the stones "rock and roll circus". damn.


Yup. Classic performance. I still like the Live at Leeds Extended version better but that's because it was my source material.
 
2013-05-20 11:48:06 AM  
Shakin_Haitian:

The guitar was pretty much brand new to the popular scene. It would have been about five minutes for someone else to demand and figure out how to create new sound out of their instruments.

Um..What?
Brand new?
Demand what?

I'm not sure you understand what it takes to make a "new sound". But it requires a bit more than a time traveling teenager.

Unless by "popular scene" you mean Acton County Grammar School.
 
2013-05-20 03:44:18 PM  

here to help: Are you retarded or trolling? Boris the Spider and Reign O'er Me are like the same damned song?


That was sarcasm, I believe.
 
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