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Who are they?

Area bands explore the many sides of The Who

n classic rock circles, the
saying is that while Led
Zeppelin was about sex, The
Who was all about anger.

Anger, it seems, never grows
old. There are signs that we are
in the midst of still another
Who revival. The nu-metal band
Limp Bizkit has a Top-40 hit
with the Who’s 1971 single, “Be
hind Blues Eyes,” and The Who
themselves are making news.
The band — now just Pete
Townshend and Roger Daltrey
from the original lineup — will
release a greatest hits record
with two new tracks this year,
and are heading into the studio
to record the band’s first all-
new record in more than 20
years.

Also, Townshend and Daltrey
will tour with guitarist Simon
Townshend, Pete‘s brother,
long-time Who sideman John
“Rabbit” Bundrick on key-
boards and Zak Starkey,
Ringo’s son, on drums, as The
Who this year.

Who revivals come and go,
but for some, their passion for
the London Mods never gets
old. Mick Chorba of the Trenton
band the Dipsomaniacs and
Face Down Records is one of
those.

He attributes the current
Who revival to the resurgence
of the garage rock sound.

“It seems like bands like Jet
and the Hives have popularized
the garage-y, stripped down
sounds,” Chorba said. “It’s
going back to the Mod scene,
which seems to have a resur-
gence every dozen years.”

The Mods were British kids
in the 19605 who rode scooters
and listened to American R&B.
The Who were the biggest band
to come out of the scene, thanks
to the 21/2-minute bursts of ner-
vous energy that Were their
early singles.

Heck, Daltrey even stutters
on “My Generation." Not a lot
of sex appeal going on there.

The Who survived the decade
intact — unlike many other ’605
bands —— because they em-
braced the experimentation and
the expansiveness of progres-
sive rock, starting formally

with 1969’s “Tommy” and reach-

ing its apex a few years later on
the “Who’s Next" album, which
featured several lengthy tracks.

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some 25 while wrapped in the the Union Jack.

Nowadays, The Who has
something for everyone, from
the classic-rock geeZer to the
upstart garage rocker.

“In the 19705, they established
the rock ’n’ roll big show and
they played big arenas," Chorba
said. “I think Townshend and
Daltrey looked at the punk
bands (in the late 19703) and
said that used to be us."

The Who story is filled with
equal parts tragedy and tri-
umph. In the late 19705, drum-
mer Keith Moon, regarded by
many as the greatest
rock ’n’ roll drummer of all
time, died of an overdose. Then
in 1979, 11 Who fans were
crushed to death at a show in
Cincinnati.

Last year, Townshend was ar-
rested on suspicion of possess-
ing child pornography. He was
eventually cleared.

In 2002, bassist John En-
twistle died at 57. It was En-
twistle's passing that prompted
Chorba to put together “Who's

Not Forgotten: FDR’s Tribute to
the Who."

It’s a real treat. Just about all
the tracks channel the energy of
the band, and most, pleasingly,
stay true to blueprints of the
original Who songs. Among the
highlights are an explosive
“The Real Me" by Bastards of
Melody of West Orange; a saucy
“I'm a Boy” by Philadelphia’s
Cordalene; a crunchy “Pictures
of Lily“ by Philly’s Taggart; and
an arena rock-ready “Bargain“

by Chorba’s Dipsomaniacs.

Among the national acts con-
tributing tracks to “Who’s Not
Forgotten” are Jersey favorite
Pat Dinizio, who performs a
solo acoustic version of “Behind
Blue Eyes"; Tommy Conwell,
who teams with the Dipsoma-
nias on “Long Live Rock"; and
indie gods Guided By Voices,
who do a raucous “Baba O’Ri-
ley."

It was Guided by Voices who
hooked Chorba up with the Pete
Townshend-founded HEAR, or
Hearing Education and Aware-
ness for Rockers. Proceeds from
the sale of Who’s Not Forgotten
will benefit HEAR.

Townshend has suffered hear-
ing damage from his years of
playing these songs.

“ Who’s Not Forgotten:
FDR’s Tribute to the Who”
record release party With
Tommy 0011 well W/ the Dip-
somaniacs, Grandfabn’c, Cor-
dalene, Taggart, and Steve
Brown of the Rigbees, 9 to-
night at the Khyber, 56 S.
Second St., PhiladeIpIu'a. $8-
(215) 238-5888.

Also, the Dipsomam’acs
will perform in the alI-day
Upstage Magazine Benefit
Show, May I, Wonder Bar,
Ocean Avenue, Asbury Park.
www.upstagemagazine.com.

Chris Jordan:
(732) 565-7275:
cjordan@thnt.com