October 28, 2020

1981-04-10 – The Evening Sun

1981 04 10 The_Evening_Sun_Fri__Apr_10__1981_

The Who

Arguably the best,
and still going strong

By Pattielt Ercolano

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biggest exporter of pop music.
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ary 19M with'l‘heBeatlenndeventml-
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Daltry's soanng vocals. Entwistle's
complex bus lines and Townsheud‘s
tradelmrk “power chords" come
through 15 strong as ever

thhekemeeneeothjsplacem rock
history. Pete Townsheud wryly refers to
himself at times as “the aging daddy of
punk” The Who, in fact. acted as mid-
wife for W’s Nod Movement of
the mix-Sixuee. a sort of precursor to
today’s New Wave. One hopes that when
the New Wave”: imitators start popping
upedeadeoreofrommwundfadmg
soon thereafter). the Who will still be
alive and kicking. continuing to create
its unique brand 0! provocative and en-
during music.