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Monday, July 28, 2008

The Who's your Daddy... rolling stone

July 29, 2008

It's Tuesday and time to pick a clip from YouTube to ponder.

Now, I want to be clear about one thing. I don't know shit about YouTube. I'll give you two quick examples of what I mean (as if it wasn't already apparent).

First, this "YouTubesday" bit is anything but original. I'm not ripping off anyone else's idea deliberately (like a hundred other jackasses, it came to me all on my own - check out the big brain on Potsy), but there are plenty of other blogfolk who have done this same thing. But no matter, I'll march down the well beaten path.

Example two: I literally learned of this RickRolling thing just this past Thursday. I confess that it was a bikini clad woman that led me astray. But it was while I was doing research for this post. So you see? I learned something already.

I'm exceedingly good at wasting time, but rarely does it involve clicking through YouTube videos. But that's all about to change. I'm about to waste endless hours - all for my own personal entertainment/education/lack of significant other, child, or pet.

We'll start simply this week. My selection for YouTubesday is in celebration of The Who and their November 3rd concert at the Verizon Center (for which tix went on sale to the general public this past week). Rock Club is about rock, not just about the indie band scene, and I want to see The Who in concert before any more of them die. Or before I do.

This is a cover of Derek Martin's 1954 record.

Will they live up to my expectations? I'm trying to keep my expectations relatively low, but no doubt I'll have ants in my pants by November 2nd. Which reminds me... I wish this concert were a day earlier. It'd give me a good reason to wear this shirt again...


Jimbromski said...

nice free form dancing by Townshend there at 1:37

Anonymous said...

ak! enough with the creepy headless shots, already.

JetAgeEric said...

The Who will be fantastic. Still trying to decide which kidney to sell in order to revisit my 8th row seats from last year. Listening to Odds and Sods right now.

Potsy said...

Yeah, Pete looks like he wants to surf...too bad the audio doesn't track well with the video.

If my face were to appear here, it would upstage the shirt... let's focus.

8th row seats for The Who. Nice. I settled for the $100 tickets... at their age, it might be better not to see them so close. I guess I forgot they were touring last year. The Virgin tour and at the Verizon Center, too?

Jumbo Slice said...

A few notes:

- nice YouTubesDay graphic. Did you make that yourself?
- I love Rick Astley. I can't be Rickrolled enough.
- more headless torso pics please
- I've never seen a clip of The Who so young. Very cool.

JetAgeEric said...

Yeah, I saw 'em at Verizon. They were fit as fuck, so don't be scared of being horrified. Roger can bench press me.

There's older footage of them in the recent Amazing Journey doc. Just them in a club with a bunch of kids.

Pete's surfing move actually had a name: The Birdman. Apparently the kids loved it. No, seriously.

sacklunch said...

Did we ever figure out what The Who's most popular song is/was? I say it is "My Generation", Potsy says "Baba O'Riley".

Also, after seeing that clip, I am slightly more interested in seeing The Who live. Still got that ticket available?

Jumbo Slice said...

It has to be "Baba O'Riley". I'd even say "Won't Get Fooled Again" and "Pinball Wizard" are more popular than "My Generation". Possibly "Who Are You" but not "Eminence Front".

Where can we look this up? Would it based on which song gets played on the radio the most?

Anonymous said...

I looked this up in the Essential Rock Discography (thanks to Steve). They've never hit #1 with any single. Baba O'Riley wasn't released as a single but the album Who's Next was #1 in the UK and #2 in the US. And "Baba O'Riley" is listed as most popular on iTunes.

"My Generation." It went to #2 in the U.K. but reached only #75 in the US.-http://www.thewho.net/articles/townshen/rs_encyc.htm

I saw them on their 25th anniversary tour at RFK in the 21st row but the only song I can remember is Boris the Spider. I feel old. -Beth

sacklunch said...

Thank you for your in depth research Mrs. Beth. We were actually discussing this again last night. I think using iTunes as a gauge of popularity is a good idea. Maybe we can use that in our Steely Dan vs. Boston debate.

I still think My Generation is their best song, although maybe not the most popular.

Potsy said...

Nice work Beth. Thanks for doing the research.

I win.

Sacklunch, you can join me on Nov. 3rd for The Who, but now you have to carry my coat and fetch me drinks for losing this debate.