The WHo Sell Out poll "go to the church of your choice"

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"Special Announcement: The Who consider Mick Jagger & Keith Richard have been treated as scapegoats for the drug problem and as a protest against the savage sentences imposed on them at Chichester yesterday."

Can't remember where I read it, but Jagger concluded this was nothing more than an attempt to steal their "stronger" material. Those limey rock stars.

I voted for I Can't Reach You, a song that has a lot of personal meaning for me. Love this whole thing (and the bonus tracks) to bits, tho

Trip Maker, Sunday, 19 February 2012 05:22 (2 years ago) Permalink

I've got a cool legit German Polydor disc that has 25 of those stray tracks on it.

If that's Rarities, Vol. 1 & 2, I've got it; I even had the double vinyl back in the early '80s. I listened the hell out of those records, and the two Missing collections from a few years later.

Hideous Lump, Sunday, 19 February 2012 05:55 (2 years ago) Permalink

Can't remember where I read it, but Jagger concluded this was nothing more than an attempt to steal their "stronger" material. Those limey rock stars.

According to Dave Marsh in Before I Get Old, Jagger's response was, "Peter, you're a gentleman." Perfect.

Let A Man Come In And Do The Cop Porn (Tarfumes The Escape Goat), Sunday, 19 February 2012 06:19 (2 years ago) Permalink

My vote went to "I Can See For Miles." Granted, a predictable choice (I came close to voting for "Heinz Baked Beans" -- none of the Who's peers dared put anything as defiantly comedic on a record). But it perfectly encapsulates one the Who's engagingly myriad contradictions: it was a perfect encapsulation of their live sound, but was rarely played live. And it's as soaring as it is biting. Also, Daltrey never sneered better.

Let A Man Come In And Do The Cop Porn (Tarfumes The Escape Goat), Sunday, 19 February 2012 07:35 (2 years ago) Permalink

If that's Rarities, Vol. 1 & 2, I've got it; I even had the double vinyl back in the early '80s. I listened the hell out of those records, and the two Missing collections from a few years later.

That's it. Found it for $5 at a Half-Price Books a couple years ago. Had never heard of it before, but it's easily one of the best official Who comps ever.

Mike Love Costume Jewelry on Etsy (C. Grisso/McCain), Sunday, 19 February 2012 07:41 (2 years ago) Permalink

Felt lucky and privileged to see them play both Tattoo and I Can See For Miles at the LA stop on the 1982 tour.

Voted I Can't Reach You. Always wanted to record a Spacemen 3-styles take on Armenia

Stockhausen's Ekranoplan Quartet (Elvis Telecom), Sunday, 19 February 2012 08:20 (2 years ago) Permalink

If we included extras I'd go for Melancholia, possibly my favourite Who song. That leaves an impossible choice. I Can See for Miles is extraordinary sonic bombast, I Can't Reach You pop genius, Sunrise just beautiful. Even the ads have wit, charm and style.

Dr X O'Skeleton, Sunday, 19 February 2012 11:34 (2 years ago) Permalink

Has to be "Miles". "Tattoo" is my next favourite.

Charles Kennedy Jumped Up, He Called 'Oh No'. (Tom D.), Sunday, 19 February 2012 13:31 (2 years ago) Permalink

Jagger's response was, "Peter, you're a gentleman." Perfect.
Oh maybe it was keef.

Trip Maker, Sunday, 19 February 2012 14:19 (2 years ago) Permalink

A lot of these have been rereleased on the remastered CDs from the '90s, but there's still 7 or 8 that you can only get on some of the old rarities collections, including Entwistle's incredible "When I Was a Boy":

Just listened to this on the new Japanese remaster of Who's Missing. What a tremendous song. If Townshend wasn't so insistent that every Who album be A MAJOR STATEMENT, they could've put out a killer 1972 record with the Lifehouse leftovers and b-sides like this.

Let A Man Come In And Do The Cop Porn (Tarfumes The Escape Goat), Thursday, 23 February 2012 04:56 (2 years ago) Permalink

really tempted to vote for 'i can see for miles' because it's the only who anthem that never sounds even a little bit tired or overplayed to me even after a hundred listens, whereas i'd be completely happy to hop into that alternate universe posited upthread where the who turn into the non-twee kinks and 'baba o'riley' and 'won't get fooled again' and 'who are you' never get to exist. but i'll probably vote for 'mary anne' because it has the best title of any who song.

(The Other) J.D. (J.D.), Thursday, 23 February 2012 06:02 (2 years ago) Permalink

xpost there is an album called "The Ox", it contains all the Entwistle songs up to that point.

Mark G, Thursday, 23 February 2012 06:56 (2 years ago) Permalink

whereas i'd be completely happy to hop into that alternate universe posited upthread where the who turn into the non-twee kinks and 'baba o'riley' and 'won't get fooled again' and 'who are you' never get to exist.

^i dont wanna live in this alternate universe

You're a notch, I'm a legend (Bill Magill), Thursday, 23 February 2012 14:34 (2 years ago) Permalink

Going through the "Quadrophenia" deluxe edition notes, it seemed there was an idea to have the 'story' songs alongside some 'pop music' stuff, but they couldn't work out how to knit them together without them appearing disjointed.

Mark G, Thursday, 23 February 2012 14:37 (2 years ago) Permalink

This is one of those v minor nuisances one should never even voice, but it's bothered me since the day I bought the CD that the spine says
THE WH0 SELL OUT
with a zero in their name like it's a copy of Mechanical Animals.

dream words & nightmare paragraphs from a red factory in a dead town (Abbbottt), Thursday, 23 February 2012 15:14 (2 years ago) Permalink

Yeah, I noticed that.

Mark G, Thursday, 23 February 2012 15:16 (2 years ago) Permalink

I Can't Reach You. It always stuns me - I just stop and listen intently whenever I hear it. So, so lovely. But I admit I could have easily voted for I Can See For Miles or Armenia City In The Sky.

Foster The Hoople (Dr. Joseph A. Ofalt), Friday, 24 February 2012 01:38 (2 years ago) Permalink

I must confess, I haven't listened to this album for quite some time, but looking at the tracklisting now I could pick out a few tracks that would definitely go on a personal Who best-of. I did go for 'Odorono', but it could have been several tracks. I do prefer the version of 'Tattoo' on Live At Leeds though.

Turrican, Friday, 24 February 2012 01:42 (2 years ago) Permalink

4 months pass...

Automatic thread bump. This poll is closing tomorrow.

System, Friday, 6 July 2012 00:01 (2 years ago) Permalink

armenia

da croupier, Friday, 6 July 2012 00:11 (2 years ago) Permalink

tattoo

Iago Galdston, Friday, 6 July 2012 00:32 (2 years ago) Permalink

I Can't Reach You

fatmamakick, Friday, 6 July 2012 00:38 (2 years ago) Permalink

armenia

some dude, Friday, 6 July 2012 00:40 (2 years ago) Permalink

tatto

gospodin simmel, Friday, 6 July 2012 07:23 (2 years ago) Permalink

fuck, tattoo

gospodin simmel, Friday, 6 July 2012 07:24 (2 years ago) Permalink

And yet, there's one song that'll probably win by miles..

Mark G, Friday, 6 July 2012 08:27 (2 years ago) Permalink

Automatic thread bump. This poll's results are now in.

System, Saturday, 7 July 2012 00:01 (2 years ago) Permalink

Actually somewhat shocked that "Sunrise" didn't get any votes.

Chuck? Chuck? It's me, your cousin, Marvin D (Tarfumes The Escape Goat), Saturday, 7 July 2012 00:03 (2 years ago) Permalink

must have been a lot of lurkers, huh? don't remember ICSFM getting lots of shout outs in the thread...

Iago Galdston, Saturday, 7 July 2012 00:08 (2 years ago) Permalink

One of the rare albums I always listen to as an album, never in tracks. The sheer sound of this album, and of Piper at the Gates of Dawn, are the peak of a certain kind of big but crisp psychedelic production aesthetic that I can't describe without lapsing into metaphors from old soft drink commercials.

Vic Perry, Saturday, 7 July 2012 01:27 (2 years ago) Permalink

don't remember ICSFM getting lots of shout outs in the thread

obvious truths don't need shoutouts

j., Saturday, 7 July 2012 04:23 (2 years ago) Permalink

alright then!

Iago Galdston, Saturday, 7 July 2012 04:52 (2 years ago) Permalink

"Relax" is full of good life advice.

chupacabra seeds (Abbbottt), Wednesday, 11 July 2012 03:51 (2 years ago) Permalink

And yet, there's one song that'll probably win by miles..

― Mark G, Friday, 6 July 2012 08:27 (5 days ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

That'll be five pounds, thanks.

Mark G, Wednesday, 11 July 2012 09:02 (2 years ago) Permalink

Heinz Baked Beans 1

nutter...

Mark G, Wednesday, 11 July 2012 09:03 (2 years ago) Permalink

Nothing for Sunrise. Wish I'd voted for it now

Dr X O'Skeleton, Wednesday, 11 July 2012 19:06 (2 years ago) Permalink

Yeah that song is really hauntingly beautiful.

Emperor Cos Dashit (Adam Bruneau), Wednesday, 11 July 2012 19:13 (2 years ago) Permalink

damn no sunrise? i forgot to vote in this, but probably would've voted for that.

tylerw, Wednesday, 11 July 2012 19:17 (2 years ago) Permalink

Why shouldn't they, it's great!

SomeTwat from Tring (Tom D.), Thursday, 12 July 2012 10:04 (2 years ago) Permalink

Yes.

My Elusive Memes (James Redd and the Blecchs), Thursday, 12 July 2012 11:09 (2 years ago) Permalink

4 months pass...

Have been hearing "Mary Anne with the Shaky Hand" for 25-30 years and never realized the middle part was supposed to be flamenco.

timellison, Saturday, 8 December 2012 23:32 (1 year ago) Permalink

1 year passes...

I've been playing this off YouTube for my art classes the past couple of days. (I know the "Monday-Tuesday" intro will make them laugh and put them into a receptive frame of mind right away.) The album's not new to me or anything--got a copy out of my parents' basement pile 45 years ago. But, like a lot of albums, it basically narrowed down in my mind over the years to my two or three favourite songs ("I Can't Reach You," "I Can See for Miles"). I haven't really listened to it in a long time.

So good. I don't think there's ever been an album I consider perfect, one where I unreservedly love every song. This one comes close--almost as close as Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere. I could do without "Silas Stingy" and "Sunrise," which I notice got no votes here. Completely endorse Christgau's retroactive A+. If there'd been Pazz & Jop in '67, it would have got my vote--wonder how it would have fared against Sgt. Pepper and Are You Experienced.

clemenza, Friday, 14 February 2014 16:22 (8 months ago) Permalink

Agree about Silas Stingy,but Sunrise is gorgeous

Dr X O'Skeleton, Friday, 14 February 2014 21:35 (8 months ago) Permalink

yes, perfect album and yes, Sunrise is gorgeous

g simmel, Saturday, 15 February 2014 03:30 (8 months ago) Permalink

It was one of the happy setlist surprises when I saw them in 1982.

WilliamC, Saturday, 15 February 2014 03:32 (8 months ago) Permalink

Ha, I remember being surprised that they did "Tattoo" on that tour.

timellison, Saturday, 15 February 2014 05:03 (8 months ago) Permalink

I just looked up that gig (Birmingham, AL, Nov 82) and apparently they didn't play "Sunrise" -- but I swear I have a clear memory of them doing that song! They did do "Tattoo" though. (Faulty) memory is a funny thing.

WilliamC, Saturday, 15 February 2014 05:12 (8 months ago) Permalink

7 months pass...

I expect I'll regret you
But the skin graft man won't get you

The "5" Astronomer Royales (James Redd and the Blecchs), Tuesday, 30 September 2014 15:20 (1 month ago) Permalink


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