Oh hi. It's been a minute, hasn't it?
Sorry for the lack of posts on here. I'm happy to say it's because I've been doing a lot of writing elsewhere, although I certainly don't want this blog to die. Where else can I blab about my favorite classic rock bands, silent movies, and TV shows?
Speaking of which, I have some thoughts about The Who that I want to share.
Continue reading “Monday Night Feels: The Who Edition”
Last week I finished Pete Townshend’s autobiography “Who I Am,” which was a long and entertaining read. While I was reading the book, I kept thinking how much great material there was for a Pete-themed drinking game (ironic, given a lot of the subject matter). For example,
Take a drink:
*Every time you come across the words “auto-destruction”, “Impressionism”, or “visaging”
*Any time Pete goes on a tangent about his childhood
*Whenever Roger wants to get The Who back together and Pete isn’t interested
*For every groupie that John has
*Whenever Keith does something ridiculous (“While I made progress with my search for meaning, Keith was causing havoc with a birthday cake, a car, a swimming pool, a lamp and a young fan’s bloody head”)
*Whenever Pete cheats on his wife but he has such nice things to say about the girl he cheated on her with that somehow it seems ok
*Every time you turn the page during the “Acknowledgements” section
Take two drinks:
*Every time Pete drinks Remy Martin
*Every time Pete “quits drinking”
*Any time you think for a second that you understand Lifehouse
*Any time Pete agrees to do something, then backs out, then agrees again
In all seriousness though, this was a great read. I’ve always wanted to get a glimpse into Pete’s head, since he’s such an unconventional rockstar, and this was probably the closest I’ll ever get.
I’ll leave you with a quote from the Coda:
Play to the gods, or – if you prefer – to a small basket full of stuffed toys, or sing into the mouth of a hot-water bottle, or turn the knobs on a chest of drawers and pretend to be 20,000 leagues under the sea.
It’s all the same thing. If in doubt, just play.
OH MY GAWD this is the best thing I’ve heard of since the OK Go Dance Contest: THE WHO WINDMILL CONTEST.
I wanna do it.
One of the prizes (among others like Rock Band 2 and a STRATOCASTER SIGNED BY PETE) is this DVD, which includes several windmills in its trailer:
Won’t Get Fooled Again (the sound is a little off, but you get the idea)
Live Aid, 1985
Pete rockin at 61 years old
You guys, I’m not even joking. I WANT TO ENTER THIS CONTEST.
Pete Townshend’s birthday was 2 days ago and I FORGOT! I blame my midterm.
HAPPY LATE PETE DAY!
I found this video awhile back; not sure why no one else seems to have seen it but I find it HILARIOUS. Old Man Pete is such a spazz! I also think it’s funny how excited he is about that videocamera (he took it on stage with him???).
Vlog of a rockstar:
If you (and by you, I probably just mean me) yearn for more silly Pete footage, this Pete birthday tribute [2014 edit: the video is private now! so sad…] is pretty awesome, aside from the unnecessary subtitles. I never really associated the word “cute” with Pete Townshend, but this video manages to make him seem pretty darn cute. Awwww.
I saw this pic on Capslock Who and LOL’d. Oh Pete.
So I found out while looking at the classes for next quarter that the music history department is offering a class dedicated SOLELY to the Beatles. No joke. I think that is pretty amazing, although I would never take it (one, because I have no need for it in terms of my academic requirements and two, because I can guarantee I already know everything they’re going to teach…I guess it’d be a super easy A though). Anyway, a celebration in the form of macros:
OMG. I am so glad this exists:
New-Millenium-Pete dancing is almost as awkward as Early-60s-Pete dancing. But all the Pete in between = WIN.
YouTube is a godsend. I doubt anyone would care to watch an old rock god messing around in the studio, but I laughed so hard when I saw this. He is such a spazz!