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In Retrospect: The Who – Live at the Isle of Wright Festival 1970

During one of the coldest and most boring nights of last winter I stumbled upon The Who Live at Isle of Wright Festival 1970 on TV.

I couldn’t believe I was watching The Who.  They were entirely different from the bloated and depressing baby-boomer nostalgia act I had been accustomed to.   I was especially enraptured in Keith Moon’s intense drumming.  I might have cried from the drumming, actually.

Forty-five minutes later I realized I hadn’t moved a single cell on my body.  I was in rock shock.

I had no idea how great The Who had been in their heyday.

I was really turned off by their weird “patriotic” 9/11 performances, their corn-syrupy ‘concept’ ‘rock opera’ albums, and Roger Daltrey’s Roger Plant-esque hair-do.  And the whole “every CSI has a Who song as the opening” really sucks, too.  And the Super Bowl performance was the worst and secretly a walking CBS commercial.  Geez, I really needed a nasty performances to depict how good The Who had truly been, and luckily the Isle of Wright show did that exact thing.

So, for those of you who were going through a similar anti-Who crisis, here are a few videos from that gig that smashes and bangs harder than alll yo mommas:

The Last 5 Records I Purchased

1.

Galaxie 500 – Today – Aurora (1988)

I’ve been playing this off my laptop non-stop for the past month.  I stumbled upon the vinyl copy today at Armageddon Record Shop and had no choice but to purchase it.  What a fucking debut.  If blogs existed in 1988…Pants Explosion.

How beautiful is that cover art?

Read the Excellent Pitchfork Oral History Here

2.

Parts and Labor – Mapmaker – Jagjaguwar (2007)

Somehow I had zero Parts and Labor records until now.  I should be publicly flogged by Dan Friel…

3.

The Who – Meaty Beaty Big and Bouncy – MCA (1971)

The Who’s Live At Leeds has been spinning on my turntable quite a bit lately.  Thought I needed a new record by them and I believe I picked out the correct piece of classic rock/punk history.  A greatest hits album, with Keith Moon’s drumming standing out on every track.  Also, one of the most memorable covers from The Who.

4.

The Strange Boys – Be Brave – In the Red (2010)

Don’t sleep on The Strange Boys.  Their second album rocks with more subtlety than their debut and keeps up the distinctly intelligent and cocky Blonde-on-Blonde-era attitude.  Garage rock falls out of sky and crushes anything in its path.

5.

Thee Oh Sees – The Master’s Bedroom Is Worth Spending a Night In – Tomlab

These guys have a new record out right now, Warm Slime.  Prolific punk rocker John Dwyer produces weirdly infectious, energetic records.  I am obsessed with his music, and you should be, too.  Originally from Providence, now residing in San Francisco.  I need to catch them live.  Come home, Mr. Dwyer!

(From Warm Slime)