October 24, 2021

Today in Whostory: 10/04/2021

1963 – The Detours play the Glenlyn Ballroom in Forest Hill

1966 – The Who are recording and mixing “Boris The Spider” along with Keith’s composition, “I Need You (Like I Need a Hole in My Head),” a somewhat obscure attack on The Beatles who Keith believed were using code words to talk behind his back.

1966 – “The Kids Are Alright” enters the Swedish Kv√§llstoppen sales charts where it will peak at #8.

1967 – Pete writes in his diary: “After wasting a lot of precious time, I think it’s time for a real shake up.”

1973 – The Who appear on Top of the Pops, recorded the previous day

1974 – Odds and Sods is released in Britain. The reviewer in Records and Recordings states that only The Beatles could put out an album of outtakes as good as Odds and Sods while Roy Carr in New Musical Express calls Odds and Sods better than most bands’ final products and Steve Simels in Stereo Review says Odds and Sods is more satisfying than Quadrophenia. The album reaches #10 in the U.K. The British version features the song titles on the back in Braille and is the last Who release on Kit Lambert and Chris Stamp’s Track Records label.

1975 – The Who play the second of two nights at the New Bingley Hall at the Staffordshire County Showground in Stafford, Staffordshire

1975 – New Musical Express carries a review of “The Who By Numbers” by Roy Carr. You can read it here
This issue also features an ad for The Who’s new album as well as their upcoming tour dates

1998 – The John Entwistle Band play at Maddie’s in Frazier, Pennsylvania

2000 – The Who play their second of four nights at Madison Square Garden in New York, New York

2003 – The restored The Kids Are Alright has its theatrical premiere at the Walter Reade Theater in New York as part of the New York Film Festival. Roger Daltrey attends the pre-show party at the Waldorf Astoria then takes the stage at the Walter Reade with director Jeff Stein to introduce the film. The one-time antagonists let bygones be bygones with an impromptu joint microphone twirl but Roger does not stay to watch the film as he cannot stand to see himself onscreen in old footage.