October 22, 2020

2005-03-05 – The Los Angeles Times

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POP MUSIC

Talking about her generation

[Haden, from Page E10]

hall and even some jazz vocals.
There were seeds of “Tommy”
and “Quadrophenia” in the
project, and though the album
wasn’t a commercial hit, the
taut, explosive “I Can See for
Miles” became the Who’s only
US. Top 10 single.

Watt’s challenge struck
Haden as “off the wall,” but to
Townshend the undertaking
made perfect sense.

“The original Who album was
a crazy concept, and Petra’s ac-
tion is equally nuts,” says the
musician, responding by e-mail
to questions on the project.
“Take a load of talent and chance
it on an art-school exercise in in-
stallation recording. I really feel
she has done something entirely
new here. . . . I love this CD and
Petra puts me in an Odorono
swea

Haden, 33, who had never lis-
tened to the album before she
started her remodeling, says
that “when I first heard it, it
sounded kind of like Gilbert &
Sullivan. The commercials, that
wasn’t rock. That was just like
playtime.”

Teaching herself to use Watt’s
eight-track recorder as she went
along, Haden echoed the process
she’d used on her 1996 album,

‘When I first heard it,
it sounded kiwi oflike
Gilbert & S ullz'vom. ’

PETRA HADEN
On the Who’s ‘The Who Sell Out’

“Imaginaryland,” an a cappella
work that originated with Steve
Reich-like stacking of vocals.

Over the years, she has
ranged freely from such experi-
mentation to the somewhat
more conventional pop turf of
That Dog, a band that included
her sister Rachel, and released
three albums on Geffen’s DGC
label in the mid-’90s.

Also a skilled violinist, she has
an on-again, off-again duo called
Miss Murgatroid with accordion-
ist Alicia Rose, and she plans to
record with her sisters as the
Haden Triplets. She recently re-
leased an album with guitarist
Bill Frisell in which they cover
such personal favorites as Henry
Manoini’s “Moon River” and
Coldplay’s “Yellow.”

“I’m just kind of scattered,”
Haden says. “I like collaborating
with people.”

The high regard of her peers

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was demonstrated at a 2000 ben-
efit held for her when she was re-
cuperating from being struck by
a car. Participants at the Knit-
ting Factory show included
Beck, Tenacious D and the Go-
Go’s.

But for all those credits, “The
Who Sell Out” looks like the
project to nudge her out of the
wings and closer to center stage.

“We’re getting incredible
press response,” says Glenn
Morrow, owner of Hoboken, NJ.—
based Bar/None. “Some records
you don’t get any reaction, but
I’m feeling the love out there, the
kind of kinetic buzz — you know,
people calling up going, ‘Why
isn’t this at Vintage Vinyl? I need
it immediately! ”

And now even the reluctant
artiste is getting into the spirit.
Haden is assembling a female
choir to perform the album live
at least a couple of times.

“So far it’s six people, but I
want nine or 10. We practiced ‘I
Can See for Miles’ about a week
ago. It turned out so good that I
almost cried. . . .

“I still have my insecurities
about the record,” she says. “Ev-
ery day I still think of something
I could have done better. But I
did it, now it’s here, and I’m just
going for the ride.”