December 1, 2020

Today in Whostory: 1/05/2020

1964 – The Detours play at St. Mary’s Hall, Putney

1965 – The Who play The Marquee Club in London where the opening act is The Boys also known as The Action

1966 – Pete Townshend is featured on an episode of the BBC1 television programme A Whole Scene Going. A short documentary narrated by Pete shows his flat and a Who performance at The Witch Doctor Club in St. Leonard’s-on-sea from August 4th of the previous year. Pete speaks in a flip and sarcastic way about the other members of The Who. That same tone is extended to the segment after the interview where Pete is interviewed by young people in the audience. He talks about how ugly The Who members are how they are “blocked up” all the time on pills and how he and John listened to the backing tracks of a Beatles album and consider them “flippin’ lousy.” Asked if he meant the line in “My Generation ” “hope I die before I get old ” he answers emphatically “yes!” The Who are also there to mime to “Out In The Street” and “It’s Not True.” The entire programme still exists and is used extensively in the 1979 film The Kids Are Alright

1968 – John’s “Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde,” inspired by Keith’s erratic personality, is recorded at IBC Studios, London. John later says this song and others he wrote during this period were for a Who children’s album planned by manager Kit Lambert.

1978 – The film crew for The Kids Are Alright travel to Stow-on-the-Wold, Gloucestershire for two days shooting at John Entwistle’s manor house. The shooting turns out to be literal as John blasts some gold record awards with a rifle and a machine gun. Much more material is put in the camera over the two days, but little makes it into the finished film