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Even when not written to a concept, the Who's albums seem to revolve around themes that happen to be the things Pete Townshend felt was important. There are at two three tracks on Who Are You about the creative process, and several others ab out the changes going on in the music industry at the time (the collapse of the Disco bubble, the emergence of Punk).

 

This was Keith Moon's last album before his death. His alcoholism and other substance issues made recording difficult at best, and he was so far gone that Townshend even considered kicking him out of the band. Moon died witin a month of the album's release.

 

Townshend knew the world of music was changing, and that the Who may not have been the sort of band that could remain artistically relevant with those changes.

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   As I’m puttering around on the ‘net The TV is on the western channel and Paint Your Wagon just came on.

there’s nothing like the velvet tones of those songsters...Lee Marvin & Clint Eastwood.  It’s worth seeing once...if only for the morbid fascination.

    This monstrosity of a huge budget musical almost killed it’s studio and made the rest leery of anything with more than two songs in it for about ten years.

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Currently exploring surf rock, both US and Australian, and its non-Anglo influences.

Dick Dale had a Lebanese (and Polish/Belarusian) background, resulting in his music having Middle Eastern influences.

 

The Atlantics (Australian band from the same era) drew from Greek, Yugoslav and Hungarian sources.

This is one of the reasons why surf rock had such a distinctive sound.

 

A classic example: Misirlou

And from The Atlantics: Bombora

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6 hours ago, Tjack said:

   As I’m puttering around on the ‘net The TV is on the western channel and Paint Your Wagon just came on.

there’s nothing like the velvet tones of those songsters...Lee Marvin & Clint Eastwood.  It’s worth seeing once...if only for the morbid fascination.

    This monstrosity of a huge budget musical almost killed it’s studio and made the rest leery of anything with more than two songs in it for about ten years.

 

 

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