VH1 Classic has been showing their Rock Honors of the Who with great performances by Pearl Jam, Foo Fighters, even Incubus. All this Who-ness made me decide to put up two Who songs I like. One of earliest memories was at my Patty B lovin' cousin's room miming to "Pinball Wizard" along with my other cousins (it was the early 70's, it was what kids did before Rock Band). Then my cousin told me about how Tommy lost his sight by having a light bulb blow up in his face and I had a fear of that happening to me ever since. Ironically, I used to work at a thrift store and a customer wanted me to test some Christmas light on sale that looked like a red and white striped rod with a flame shaped light bulb. When I plugged it in, it blew up in front of me. Luckily, I wasn't blinded.
For the two songs I decided to go back to the old days, when all of the band members were alive and their music didn't instantly recall dead bodies and lab rats poking them with test tubes while wearing expensive sun glasses. The first is "Pinball Wizard" from Tommy , sure it's overplayed but I have fond memories of it. Second is "Substitute", I just think it's catchy. The Who-one of the most explosive bands in Rock history. Time to revel in Pete Townsend's awesome songwriting, Roger Daltry's bold vocals, John Entwhistle's artful bass playing and Keith Moon's rapid fire drums. In other words, time to smash some guitars and crash some drums-it's The Who!
The Who "Pinball Wizard"
The Who "Substitute"