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‘The Who’

‘Spoiled ’ Group Doesn ’t F eel Need to Exert Selves Anymore


For The "uncle Star

In practically everyone's childhood there was a
kid on the block. sometimes rich, sometimes not.
who seemed to have all the toys you wanted to have
—— and he had them before you did.

“Spoiled“ That was the word used to describe the
kids of that vein and spoiled would indeed be the
word to describe The Who and the tans of that

To much of the public The Who is the band whose

concert stampede resulted in death during aCtncin-
nati swing. a fact missing (mm the band‘s publicity

With the release of the band's long-waited Face
Dances. the group‘s first tor Warner Brothers, it be.
comes obvious that. due to its past line history. the
group no longer feels a need to exert itself on vinyl
and that the band‘s tans, due to the past successes.
expect far too much from a group that has probably

gone as far as it intends to go
It was 1965 when The Who caught hold on the

English charts with a single I Can't Explain. Later
that same year the band‘s first solid single. My Gen-
eration. became the song their tans wanted to hear
most tor nearly a decade to come.

Later in the 60s the band created its most impor-
tant work. The work was Tbmmy, the tirst-ever
rock opera of any magnitude. First single off that
two-record package was Pinball Wizard. There
would be more to follow, like I 'm Free and See Me
Feel Me.

But while the package was a great accomplis-
ment. it was also a step up that The Who could never
again quite equal. The next album. Live at Leeds,
was a disappointment. save a fine version of Sum-
mertime Blues, which became a minor hit.

The band's best single LP came in 1971 and was
titled Who '5 Next. it included several classic
numbers, Baba O'Riley. Behind Blue Eyes, Going
Mobile. and the FM smash Won’t Get Fooled

From that time The Who has floundered as a
group. They even tried another rock opera. Quadm
phenia. which failed to catch anyone‘s imagination.
There have been some singlesong successes like
Join Together. Squeeze Box and the title tune from
their last studio album, 1978‘s Who Are You.

That album was the last hurrah tor the band‘s
original members. Roger Daltrey as lead vocalist.
Pete Townshend as lead guitarist and creative lead-
er and John Entwhistle as bassist lost a vital part of

the group and and a line friend when dmmmar
Keith Moon died in 1978. .‘

Last year there were some individual signs that
the band was coming together individually and
could thus create something quite strong as aunit.
Townshend's solo album Empty Glasses was one or
the year's brightest spots. Daltrey was also in line
voice for the McVicar soundtrack.

Then Face Dances appears and it is only more of
the same Who frustration. There are two strong sin-
gle possibilities. in fact one song is already playing
leapfrog up the charts, You Better You Bet. An en-
tire album of songs with that drive and quality
would have indeed been welcome. Daltrey some
times snarls with his old ferocity and sometimes al-
most duplicates the twang of the best Jerry Reed
vocal. ‘

Townshend goes back to what he does best. clever
and memorable guitar runs that are both tlnely
crafted and implicitly performed. How Can You Do

There is quite a bit of talent still in this band and
maybe even some potential unrealized. but Face
Dances spends much time going no where in a rap-
idly changing music scene that sadly is leaving The
Who behind.

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