Since the beginning of the band’s existence, in both songwriting and appearance, it was clear that the Jam owed an incredible amount of debt to the My Generation era of the Who. From their impeccable covers of “Disguises” and to their preference for to appear in stylish Mod dress at all times, the Jam could very much have been considered the most authentic representation of true British punk in the late 1970’s, especially when considering their relative lack of success in the States. Where the Sex Pistols and the Clash (among others) became well-known ambassadors of the UK’s version of the genre, it was the Jam’s well-honed mixture of stylistic complexity and Weller’s witty, satirical lyrics a la Ray Davies, that the Jam were perhaps too smart to be the kind of punk that people expected.
But where they didn’t quite fit in with the rest, they excelled as a class of their own. But in one song in particular, the band shows that they’re perfectly fine being aligned with the older guard of British rockers, by being able to build upon their concepts and techniques and create something for the young gobbers to ponder to while they pogo.
After the Jump: Addressing an tired old theme for a new generation of mods and rockers alike.
Fig. 1: The Beatles as 30+-Year Old Hipsters
For the first time in decades, the thought of the Beatles’ respective children uniting and forming a group to honor the work their fathers have laid before them had become a very real possibility. James McCartney, son of Sir Paul, has emerged, only fairly recently on the music scene with his own efforts — predominantly EPs — since 2010 (he also contributed to three of Paul’s solo records in the 1990’s) that were well received. Still, much like his father and his ability to co-lead, he’s made the first statement that a Beatles Junior band is potentially in the works.
On one hand, this ensures the world that as long as the Beatles’ and their children (and, extrapolating here, solely on the basis of the current popularity of sex) are fruitful and multiplying, we will always have the world’s greatest rock band, both in their original essence and in their progeny’s ability to look like their dads and play instruments. But the question is, is this really something to be excited about? Is this something that can be held to the original band’s standards, or the expectations of their output — both then AND now?! It would seem to me that just because you grow up born with some rose-tinted glasses before your eyes doesn’t mean you can just come along and assume a mantle that was earned a very long ago, and one that has since been embellished in tribute by everyone who takes the Beatles as seriously as, oh, I don’t know, the rest of the planet.
After the Jump: The Beatles 2: The Legend of Curly’s Gold.
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Tagged children of rock stars, Dhani Harrison, George Harrison, James McCartney, John Lennon, Oasis, Paul McCartney, Reunion, Ringo Starr, Sean Lennon, the Beatles, the Who, Zak Starkey
If you’re not dancing the night away tonight somewhere in Brooklyn or the Lower East Side, be sure to check out the Landmark Sunshine Cinemas tonight at midnight for “Quadrophenia!”
Get your tickets and all the info here.
Forty-five pieces of artwork, all of which were inspired by the music of the Who, will be sold on an internet auction, according to the BBC. The artist, John Davis, died in 2006 in a car crash.
Davis began painting works inspired by the band upon his first listen to Tommy in 1969 — and the inspiration shows, as much of his work is similar to the illustrations found in the record sleeve. A sampling of his work can be found here.
The full story of the auction from the BBC.
Just quick post: I was watching this for the umpteenth time, and realized I never posted it. If you’ve never seen it, prepare your speakers for some Maximum R&B. Ladies and gentlemen, the great live performance by a rock band, ever, ever, ever: The Who, performing “A Quick One, While He’s Away” on the Rolling Stones’ “Rock & Roll Circus” program.
Ever controversial and hyper-literate, fellow Wholigans and even the casual Mod alike should be excited to hear that the final word on all things Pete Townshend will soon be here. According to Gibson.com, Townshend’s literary agent, Ed Victors, is currently pitching his memoirs to publishing houses. The proposal, titled ‘Pete Townshend: Who He?’ is expected to be picked up soon.
What? You're looking as if there's, like, I don't know, three guys behind me.
It seems like Pete Townshend can’t go one interview without saying something that may upset even the most dedicated of Who fans. From waving away fan’s protests against using Who songs for television shows and ads, to the state of the actual band he’s in, Pete Townshend loves to challenge what people expect of him.
In a new interview with Uncut magazine, prepared for a special retrospective on the Who, Pete Townshend said, chiefly among his regrets about his career was that joining the band in the first place.
Before you get upset, click after the jump!