17 October 2007

The stutter heard 'round the world

Roger Daltrey's famous stuttered performance on The Who's iconic "My Generation". Was he mimicking a mod on speed or was he mimicking John Lee Hooker's "Stuttering Blues"?

Greg Ginn much?

"My Generation" also featured one of the first bass solos in rock history by John Entwistle. He used a new-on-the-market Danelectro bass to play it, but he kept breaking strings trying to record it. A bit of a bummer that replacement strings weren't available, as he had to go out and buy an entire new bass. Ah, rock n' roll decadence...

The song was released as a single on November 5, 1965, reaching #2 in the UK and #74 in America.

Though it was but one of their first singles, it would be the highest charting song of their career in England.

"My Generation" also appeared on The Who's 1965 debut album, "My Generation" released as "The Who Sings My Generation" in the United States.

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