October 21, 2020

Today in Whostory: 10/27/2019

1963 – The Detours play St. Mary’s Hall in Putney

1964 – The High Numbers perform at Leo’s Cavern at the Olympia in Reading

1967 – Keith Altham reports in New Musical Express on a chaotic meeting at a recording studio attended by The Who and manager Kit Lambert. Pete describes The Who’s singles prior to “I Can See For Miles” as “too flimsy, too poignant, too prissy.”

1967 – th Altham reports in New Musical Express on a chaotic meeting at a recording studio attended by The Who and manager Kit Lambert. Pete describes The Who’s singles prior to “I Can See For Miles” as “too flimsy, too poignant, too prissy. We wanted to do something that would be unexpected. Something that would demand something of the public.”

1969 – A documentary film called Shadows Of Bliss is broadcast on BBC-2 TV’s Horizon series. The program deals with recent discoveries about sub-atomic particles and features music by Pete and Terry Ralph Knight.

1973 – Quadrophenia is released in U.S. at the same time as a single version of “Love, Reign O’er Me” with a different mix from the album. The B-side is “Water.” The album peaks at #2 in the U.S. charts but the single reaches only #76 in the Billboard charts and #54 in Cash Box.

Charles Shaar Murray reviews Quadrophenia in New Musical Express: “…musically, some of it jars. A few of the more extravagant production touches, even after a half-dozen listens, sound about as comfortable as marzipan icing on a cheeseburger. Also, the band have dubbed on so much synthesizer, keyboard and brass that, at times, one aches just to hear some unalloyed guitar, bass, drums and vocals… isn’t intensive listening to two-years-in-the-making double albums antithetical to the spirit of true rock ‘n’ roll? Personally, I couldn’t care less… If you’re going to sling it on at a party or walk in and out of the room while it’s playing, then you’re not going to get a damn thing out of it and you might as well save your £4.30 for other purposes. But if you’re prepared to work at getting into Quadrophenia, and let it work at getting into you, then you might just find it the most rewarding musical experience of the year… it’s by no means unflawed, but it’s a triumph, certainly.”

1975 – The Who play the Ahoy Arena in Rotterdam

1977 – The Who continue recording “New Song” at Ramport Studios. Tension between Roger and producer Glyn Johns comes to a head. According to fellow producer Jon Astley, “Roger leaned over the desk while Glyn was sitting there and he said ‘Can I hear a bit more bass?” Glyn stopped the machine and said ‘What?’ and Roger said ‘I just want to hear a bit more bass in the mix.’ Glyn said ‘We’re listening to all this f***ing work that they’ve done, and you want to hear a bit more bass?’ At that point, things exploded. It was unbelievable. They both stormed out, and then I heard this kerfuffle in the corridor and Glyn came back in the control room with tears in his eyes, holding his nose and saying ‘That’s it. I’m going home.’ Roger had nutted him and driven off in his Ferrari.”

1977 – sion between Roger and producer Glyn Johns comes to a head. According to fellow producer Jon Astley, “Roger leaned over the desk while Glyn was sitting there and he said ‘Can I hear a bit more bass?” Glyn stopped the machine and said ‘What?’ and Roger said ‘I just want to hear a bit more bass in the mix.’ Glyn said ‘We’re listening to all this f***ing work that they’ve done, and you want to hear a bit more bass?’ At that point, things exploded. It was unbelievable. They both stormed out, and then I heard this kerfuffle in the corridor and Glyn came back in the control room with tears in his eyes, holding his nose and saying ‘That’s it. I’m going home.’ Roger had nutted him and driven off in his Ferrari.” Jon Astley is promoted to full producer. Johns returns to work with The Who five years later.

1982 – The Who play the Jack Murphy Stadium in San Diego California. The show is professionally recorded and videotaped. John Cougar and Loverboy open.

1989 – The Who perform at Wembley Arena in London. Additional dates are on the 23th, 24th and 26th.

2005 – e and Simon appear on the 6th episode of Rachel Fuller’s “In The Attic” webcast

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