THE WHO Released Their Classic Debut Album ‘MY GENERATION’ 55 Years Ago Today

3 December 2020

Active: 1964–1983, 1989, 1996–present

Album: MY GENERATION -debut LP
Released: 3 December 1965 – 55 years ago today

AllMusic / Richie Unterberger wrote: “An explosive debut, and the hardest mod pop recorded by anyone. At the time of its release, it also had the most ferociously powerful guitars and drums yet captured on a rock record. Pete Townshend’s exhilarating chord crunches and guitar distortions threaten to leap off the grooves on “My Generation” and “Out in the Street”; Keith Moon attacks the drums with a lightning, ruthless finesse throughout. Some “Maximum R&B” influence lingered in the two James Brown covers, but much of Townshend’s original material fused Beatlesque hooks and power chords with anthemic mod lyrics, with “The Good’s Gone,” “Much Too Much,” “La La La Lies,” and especially “The Kids Are Alright” being highlights.” Score: 5/5.

Pete Townshend: “The music we play has to be tomorrow’s, the things
we say have to be today, and the reason for bothering is yesterday.”

John Entwistle: “This band makes sure that we have whole sections of
stuff that are free form so that they don’t know what we are doing next.”

Keith Moon: “Give me a mandolin and I’ll play you rock ‘n’ roll.”

Roger Daltrey: “Rock & roll was the only thing I wanted to get into.”

Turn Up The Volume: ‘My Generation’ was the big punk bang start
of a never-ending career with many highs, but also many lows.

Key singles: My Generation / The Kids Are Alright



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