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(Some Guy)   Happy 77th to Pete Townshend, rock and roll's most overt hypocrite   (thewho.com) divider line
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2022-05-19 10:38:15 AM  
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2022-05-19 12:55:40 PM  
Who?
 
2022-05-19 12:58:22 PM  
Seems appropriate
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2022-05-19 12:59:20 PM  
Schlubbe:

Hey, that's a gift for one of his groupies.
 
2022-05-19 1:01:00 PM  
He's too busy doing internet research to care.
 
2022-05-19 1:01:43 PM  
"I wrote the lines of 'My Generation' without thinking, hurrying them - scribbling them on a piece of paper in the back of a car.  For years I've had to live by them, waiting for the day when someone says, 'I thought you said you hoped you'd die when you got old.  Well, now you are old.  What now?'  Of course, most people are too polite to say that sort of thing to a dying pop star.  I say it often to myself."  ~  Pete Townshend, sometime in the late '70s
 
2022-05-19 1:07:15 PM  

Another Government Employee: He's too busy doing internet research to care.


Pete Townshend gets angry with Interviewer.
Youtube G5CWqSPNPnc


/obvious guilt is obvious
 
2022-05-19 1:08:18 PM  
I once referred to Pete's "I'm only researching a book on child molestation!" defense on Facebook once and an old dipstick lost his mind defending him. I mean, he wrote pages. This same boomer centrist loves hanging people out to dry whenever there is even a whiff of impropriety about them, but not Pete! Pete was his special boy.
 
2022-05-19 1:39:33 PM  
An amazing songwriter.  An asshole.  Not Clapton-level asshole, but an asshole.  I love The Who.
 
2022-05-19 1:43:50 PM  
I'm all for giving people the benefit of the doubt, but he seems like such a wanker on any possible topic, it doesn't dissuade me from assuming the worst about him regarding the kid allegations.
 
2022-05-19 1:54:44 PM  

Plaster Lion: I once referred to Pete's "I'm only researching a book on child molestation!" defense on Facebook once and an old dipstick lost his mind defending him. I mean, he wrote pages. This same boomer centrist loves hanging people out to dry whenever there is even a whiff of impropriety about them, but not Pete! Pete was his special boy.


I have no idea what happened. But it's plain to see that the entire investigation was troublesome on the order of the salem witch trials. If that's the sole source of his issues...

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Operation_Ore

Fishy is fishy but there's no evidence at all that pete so much as saw a single illegal image. Don't know that he didn't but it's on the cops to prove he did. I mean that's just the truth of it. One can infer what one likes I reckon but there's certainly nothing to convict on
 
2022-05-19 2:04:45 PM  
Happy birthday Pete. Thanks for all the music.
 
2022-05-19 2:12:47 PM  
Give Pete a break.  Imagine how pissed you'd be if almost every single time you went to a concert you had to listen to The Who
 
2022-05-19 2:15:47 PM  
I think he probably is guilty, but if you're even remotely familiar with Tommy, it's obvious something happened to him as a kid. I still farking love The Who.
/fiddle all about
 
2022-05-19 2:17:11 PM  
The Who - Do You Think It's Alright (2)/Fiddle About (Tommy: The Movie) [HD]
Youtube AOo1uhHb-jk
 
2022-05-19 2:24:25 PM  
He got away with stuff that regular people get 20 years for.

Fark him

Research...yeah. That's what it was.
 
2022-05-19 2:28:33 PM  
Ray Davies >>> Pete
 
2022-05-19 2:54:09 PM  

AuralArgument: Schlubbe:

Hey, that's a gift for one of his groupies.


Oh wow, that is messed up but funny.
 
2022-05-19 2:59:51 PM  

Subtonic: Who?


Yes.
 
2022-05-19 3:29:03 PM  

Jack Sabbath: An amazing songwriter.  An asshole.  Not Clapton-level asshole, but an asshole.  I love The Who.


All of this is accurate.

I still get a chuckle out of Pete's banter with the audience during their "farewell" show in Toronto in '82.  They've just finished playing "It's Hard."  Pete decides to make an "It's Hard"/penis joke involving Roger.  The actual joke is along the lines of "It's not very hard at all.  What's hard [e.g. Roger's dick] is making him [Roger] feel odd...," but between being somewhat out of breath and his British accent, what he actually says is almost incomprehensible.  The crowd cheers anyway, but Pete immediately understands that they're not laughing at his joke.  He eyes the crowd and says "you can't understand a word I'm saying, can you?" and the crowd roars.  (Technically, I think they're roaring at the keyboard line of "Eminence Front" starting up, but in my head, they're laughing at Pete.)

THE WHO 1982 The Final Concert Live from Maple Leaf Gardens in Toronto Canada
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2022-05-19 3:38:20 PM  

Jack Sabbath: An amazing songwriter.  An asshole.  Not Clapton-level asshole, but an asshole.  I love The Who.


He recently made some comment that was obviously slagging off Entwistle and how he died.  Something along the lines of "I don't want to die like some sad old rock star, after a bender in a hotel bed while on tour" which is exactly how Entwistle died.

I mean there is being an asshole, then there's the whole new level of pissing on the memory of a guy you literally grew up with, and he's been dead 20 years.

Pete is amazing, and a legend, but I have a feeling if I spent any amount of time with him it would end with me getting arrested for elder abuse.
 
2022-05-19 3:38:56 PM  
I like him, he's one of the few (in fact I can't think of any other) rock stars willing to admit that his old stuff is infinitely superior to his new stuff, even though the old stuff is always better than the new stuff.
 
2022-05-19 3:47:32 PM  

El Rich-o: I like him, he's one of the few (in fact I can't think of any other) rock stars willing to admit that his old stuff is infinitely superior to his new stuff, even though the old stuff is always better than the new stuff.


There are always exceptions.  I listened to David Crosby's new album, and it blew away any of his previous solo stuff in my estimation.  For a while, I couldn't stop listening to it.  It's masterful song writing.  Also, even though he is 80, his voice sounds like he is 30.
 
2022-05-19 3:57:45 PM  

gilgigamesh: Jack Sabbath: An amazing songwriter.  An asshole.  Not Clapton-level asshole, but an asshole.  I love The Who.

He recently made some comment that was obviously slagging off Entwistle and how he died.  Something along the lines of "I don't want to die like some sad old rock star, after a bender in a hotel bed while on tour" which is exactly how Entwistle died.

I mean there is being an asshole, then there's the whole new level of pissing on the memory of a guy you literally grew up with, and he's been dead 20 years.

Pete is amazing, and a legend, but I have a feeling if I spent any amount of time with him it would end with me getting arrested for elder abuse.


Dying in your sleep after a night spent with cocaine and a groupie... There are far worse ways to leave this life. At his age, Pete's likely to find one of them.
 
2022-05-19 4:07:17 PM  

peachpicker: gilgigamesh: Jack Sabbath: An amazing songwriter.  An asshole.  Not Clapton-level asshole, but an asshole.  I love The Who.

He recently made some comment that was obviously slagging off Entwistle and how he died.  Something along the lines of "I don't want to die like some sad old rock star, after a bender in a hotel bed while on tour" which is exactly how Entwistle died.

I mean there is being an asshole, then there's the whole new level of pissing on the memory of a guy you literally grew up with, and he's been dead 20 years.

Pete is amazing, and a legend, but I have a feeling if I spent any amount of time with him it would end with me getting arrested for elder abuse.

Dying in your sleep after a night spent with cocaine and a groupie... There are far worse ways to leave this life. At his age, Pete's likely to find one of them.


There's worse ways for sure. But his way honestly doesn't sound that great to me either. I don't have his kind of money but I have enough money for what it would take to pull that off a few times yet I don't. To each their own I suppose.
 
2022-05-19 4:18:49 PM  

JohnBigBootay: There's worse ways for sure. But his way honestly doesn't sound that great to me either. I don't have his kind of money but I have enough money for what it would take to pull that off a few times yet I don't. To each their own I suppose.


Everyone has their own thing, baby.  Dying in Vegas from too much coke in bed with a stripper would be pretty disappointing for me, and out of character.  I don't like hookers or blow, and I have no particular interest in Vegas.

Dying alone because on a solo trip to the jungles of the Yucatan and fell off a pyramid while tripping balls on mushrooms?  There isn't a person who knows me who wouldn't say, "Yeah, sounds about right."
 
2022-05-19 4:25:54 PM  
Honestly
John was probably the only non total dick in the group

Moon...was Keith Moon
Pete... well, that's covered
Roger...full Brtexit
 
2022-05-19 5:58:20 PM  
WoodyHayes:

I thought it suspension worthy
 
2022-05-19 6:49:38 PM  

gilgigamesh: JohnBigBootay: There's worse ways for sure. But his way honestly doesn't sound that great to me either. I don't have his kind of money but I have enough money for what it would take to pull that off a few times yet I don't. To each their own I suppose.

Everyone has their own thing, baby.  Dying in Vegas from too much coke in bed with a stripper would be pretty disappointing for me, and out of character.  I don't like hookers or blow, and I have no particular interest in Vegas.

Dying alone because on a solo trip to the jungles of the Yucatan and fell off a pyramid while tripping balls on mushrooms?  There isn't a person who knows me who wouldn't say, "Yeah, sounds about right."


I have a copy of the Encyclopedia of Dead Rock Stars as reading material in the smallest room here.  You can dip in anywhere and read a bio of said dead rock star and how they died.  It picks up in the mid-1960s as more rock stars began dying, and hits pretty much full on in the '90s on, as you have musicians from all kinds of bands meeting their fates in all kinds of ways.  They don't necessarily have to be stars, they're usually main members of bands, though.  I only have through 2012, I think, but there must be a new edition out by now.  Some really interesting stuff in there, but not all that many "dying in hotel room after marathon session" type things.
 
2022-05-19 10:21:25 PM  
I finally saw them in concert back in 2019...and the Seattle Symphony Orchestra was there for a few songs.

/The violin solo during Baba Riley was fantastic.
 
2022-05-19 10:24:58 PM  

AuralArgument: Schlubbe:

Hey, that's a gift for one of his groupies.


F*cking ouch! 👍
 
2022-05-19 10:27:23 PM  

Jack Sabbath: An amazing songwriter.  An asshole.  Not Clapton-level asshole, but an asshole.  I love The Who.


Let My Love Open the Door (Cover)
Youtube qojM3_x7rxw
Amazing songwriter indeed. That girl does it justice.
 
2022-05-19 10:54:40 PM  
Just stay alive a little longer Pete. Got tickets for the show in Vegas in November.

Stupid Covid..was supposed to happen in 2020.
 
2022-05-19 10:54:46 PM  
You can partly thank Joe Walsh.  Townsend was in a music block and Walsh got him to try something new:

In a recent interview with the San Diego Reader, Walsh confirmed a famous legendary tale that he had helped Who guitarist Pete Townshend to cement the sound of his now-famous guitar tone.

"Yes. That happened. The James Gang opened for the Who when they performed 'Tommy' in Europe. Pete and I are in the same zip code in terms of writing music and playing guitar. He had taken me under his wing as kind of a mentor. But during 'Tommy,' he'd locked into a certain amp/guitar setup for touring, and he got stuck there. It was time for him to move on and I sensed that."

Walsh allows that many rock guitarists of the time were employing the Fender Stratocaster and the Gibson Les Paul as their primary instruments for creating musical destruction. He had a setup that in his mind provided an especially harmonic secret sauce to the guitar playing sound and he shared that with Townshend.

A bright orange '57 Gretsch Chet Akins model guitar paired with a '59 Fender Bandmaster amp, both gifts from Walsh, gave Townshend exactly the right sonic mojo that he needed to create the next Who album, 'Who's Next.'
 
2022-05-20 7:26:37 AM  
I love the Who, I love Townshend's solo stuff, I love his songwriting. I love his guitar playing. I also realize he is an ahole.

His autobiography was just dreadful. He does admit a lot of his flaws and mistakes in there too but the book was just poorly written and needed an editor. Preferably and author and editor that wasn't taking a lot of cocaine while doing both. He sounds like an exhausting person to be around. He is one of my music heroes I hope to never meet. I will only watch interviews with him if he is talking about the songs or songwriting process.
 
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