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  The Who - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Also in 1979, The Who released a documentary film called The Kids Are Alright and a film version of Quadrophenia, the latter becoming a huge box office hit in the UK and the former becoming something of a holy grail for Who fans and a summation of the band's Keith Moon era.
The Who and the invention of Marshall Stacks
The music of The Who is still performed in public by many tribute bands, such as The OHM, The Who Show, and The Wholigans in the USA and Who's Next and Who's Who in the UK.
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 Learn more about The Who in the online encyclopedia.   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-11)
The Who were natural showmen: Singer Roger Daltrey was a dynamic front man, twirling his microphone on the end of its cord while Townshend played windmill chords on his guitar with great sweeps of his arms, and the maniacal Moon bashed and crashed like no drummer ever before him.
The Who's participation was limited to the soundtrack, which includes songs from the Rock opera, new songs written for the soundtrack by Pete Townshend, and various Motown hits performed by the original artists.
Many Who fans consider the commercialization of these songs to be a crass sell out on Peter Townshend's part, especially the use of the originally spiritual "Bargain" to sell SUVs.
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 The Who Sell Out - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Part of the intended irony of the title was that The Who was actually making commercials during that period of their career, some of which are included as bonus tracks on the remastered CD.
The plot is not clear from the excerpt, but it apparently involves a heroic "Captain" who is betrayed by his crew during a clandestine attempt to save Rael (Israel) from a looming invasion by the Red Chins (Red Chinese).
The remaining songs on The Who Sell Out have had little impact, and are almost unknown outside the circle of Who fans.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/The_Who_Sell_Out   (843 words)

  
 The Who Sell Out   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-11)
As an overall statement, "Sell Out" looks nostalgically back to the innocence of pop music and commercial radio, but is unafraid to embrace the new world of psychedelia; indeed, one could say that the album as a whole presents the pre-psych world as looked through with a psych lens.
Sell Out can be listened to both on its own merit and as an interesting transition point between the Who of A Quick One and the more mature Who of Tommy and Who's Next.
Sell Out can be considered as a "parent" of Tommy and Quadrophenia (several themes from Sell Out ended up on Tommy, check "Rael 1" and "Glow Girl"; the link to Quadrophenia is not as clear but you could say they both portray the same world, each from its own view point).
www.thewho.net /reviews/whosellout.htm   (9162 words)

  
 The Who
Although the Who spent the 60s in the shadow of the Beatles, Stones, and Hendrix, were inconsistent and occasionally formulaic in the 70s, and sporadically reunited for pointless cash-in tours through the 80s and 90s, they were still a first-rate band.
Before you decide to remind me yet again that the Who are the greatest thing since Swiss cheese and that not having a couple of their live records makes me a babbling idiot, please consult our flame writer's FAQ.
Both he and Entwistle are so drowned out by the band, which includes three backing vocalists, a five-man horn section, two drummers, a lead guitarist, and a keyboard player, that it sounds nothing like the Who's great live performances of the 70s.
www.warr.org /who.html   (5069 words)

  
 Amazon.co.uk: The Who Sell Out: Remastered: Music   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-11)
The Who Sell Out's pirate-radio concept goes south in the album's second half--the Who ran out of time before they could write enough faux commercials--but it still remains in many ways their best and most entertaining album.
All-out rockers like the vengeful "I Can See For Miles" vie for the listener's attention with the romantic declarations of "Our Love Was" and thesoft, folky "Maryanne With The Shaky Hand" on this impressively eclectic album.
The Who Sell Out is Townshend's representation of that innocent period when the pirate radio station was the main and only source of communication for record buying youngsters, hence the album running in a constant flow peppered with humourous jingles and faux advertisements.
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 Recreating 'The Who Sell Out' a cappella
The comical commercials are central to "The Who Sell Out." In the '60s, Townshend had been entranced by Top 40's slick integration of music, promotional jingles and ads, seeing it as the larger cultural context in which pop music was meant to be heard.
Selling music now to advertising agencies who want to use nostalgia or other triggering to attract attention to their products is a natural part of what I've always done.
Townshend, who has been working with Roger Daltrey on the first album of new Who material since 1982 and is helping plan an animated version of "Tommy," sees some key connections between the 1967 and the 2005 albums.
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 The Who
This album came out at a period when the group was badly out of cash (too much guitar crashing can be bad for your finances), and the promoters advanced some of it to each member of the group so that he write his own songs.
Pete is singing, and when the tune stands out of all the muck surrounding it, it's like the ultimate cry of despair and breakdown from a man raped by and humiliated by merciless circumstances.
Who's Last, essentially, is an album for dummies: the biggest offense is that, as unfortunate and tired that farewell tour was, the setlist was NOT coinciding with the tracks they put up on the ensuing record.
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 jukeboxgraduate.com: Petra Haden Sings The Who Sell Out
Now, Mike Watt and d.boon (of the late, great Minutemen) were also die-hard Who fans from a young age, and had a friendship that was cemented, solidified through their shared love of and for music.
Petra Hayden Sings The Who Sell Out is the brainwave of Mike Watt, and was inspired by his friendship with d.boon and their shared Who obsession.
The rug of 'familiar' is pulled out from underneath you, and if you are lucky, it is like hearing and experiencing this album for the very first time all over again, except with the benefit of years of musical experience behind you.
www.jukeboxgraduate.com /archives/000138.html   (1209 words)

  
 Rolling Stone : The Who Sell Out : Review   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-11)
The girl who should have used Odorono is obviously meant to be a laugh, but it is bittersweet laughter.
Within that framework, the Who set various electronic miniatures, including passages of guitar feedback and distortions, variations on a theremin and a tonal puddle from an organ.
The barely-beneath-the-surface humor of the lyric and whole Who attitude is reflected stroke for stroke in the music.
www.rollingstone.com /reviews/album/103225/the_who_sell_out   (677 words)

  
 Petra Haden: Petra Haden Sings: The Who Sell Out: Pitchfork Record Review   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-11)
But in the meantime we can still enjoy the band's music for its strong points-- thundering power chords, machismo blending with naughty British schoolboy humor, ambitious flights of pop songwriting, and a conceptual scope that was as enviable as it was flawed.
While Who Sell Out was a gleeful lambaste of advertising and radio, it also featured some really strong songs.
Petra Haden Sings: The Who Sell Out is just a fun exercise, the work of a daydreaming geek girl who sings like an angel and makes cool guitar noises with her mouth.
www.pitchforkmedia.com /record-reviews/h/haden_petra/sings-the-who-sell-out.shtml   (563 words)

  
 Las Vegas SUN: 'The Who Sell Out' still registers   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-11)
Maybe the prominence of those seminal LPs explains the relative anonymity of the Who's third full-length album, 1967's "The Who Sell Out." Serious Who fans will tell you it's every bit as good as anything the band recorded, but few others bother to check it out.
The Who had yet to fully abandon its silly side, however, as evidenced by the Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey ads on one of rock's most memorable record jackets.
Be sure to seek out MCA's 1995 remastered version, which nearly doubles the original by adding 10 bonus tracks.
www.lasvegassun.com /sunbin/stories/do/2005/apr/01/518538053.html   (445 words)

  
 Amazon.com: Petra Haden Sings: The Who Sell Out: Music: Petra Haden   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-11)
Petra Haden renders the classic album, The Who Sell Out, in its entirety -- fake commercials and all -- and she does it a capella.
The impetus for the project came from her friend, bassist mike watt, who suggested that she attempt to re-imagine this classic Who album as an a capella tour de force (this at least a year before any news of Bjork’s Medulla leaked to the press).
Sell Out was one of the first Who albums I got 25 years ago and have loved it since.
www.amazon.com /exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/B00075149Y?v=glance   (1529 words)

  
 The Who - Sell Out   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-11)
This is The Who's third album, released in 1967.
Written by Dave Marsh and discussing Sell Out in the wider context of the late 60s.
Sell Out can be considered as a 'parent' of Tommy and Quadrophenia (several themes from Sell Out ended up on Tommy, check Rael 1 and Glow Girl; the link to Quadrophenia is not as clear but you could say that they both portray the same world, each from its own viewpoint).
home.planet.nl /~maare002/review/sellout.html   (258 words)

  
 Borders - Store Inventory - Title Detail - Petra Haden Sings: The Who Sell Out
In the case of Petra Haden Sings: The Who Sell Out it is perfectly descriptive because, yes, Petra Haden does sing the Who's Who Sell Out album right down to the make-believe ads that link the songs.
It would have been lovely enough just to hear her sing the Who's melodies and lyrics without all the backing "instruments." The likelihood that you will reach for Petra Haden's version of Sell Out before you will reach for the Who's will vary with each listener's tolerance for novelty.
Even the strictest Who purist should hear Haden's version at least once though and anyone who likes to hear artists taking wild chances and succeeding wildly should hold up Petra Haden Sings: The Who Sell Out as a shining example.
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 Tower Records - The Who Sell Out [Remaster] - The Who   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-11)
All-out rockers like the vengeful "I Can See For Miles" vie for the listener's attention with the romantic declarations of "Our Love Was" and the soft, folky "Maryanne With The Shaky Hand" on this impressively eclectic album.
Rolling Stone (10/28/99, p.107) - 4.5 stars out of 5 - "...SELL OUT is the most successful concept album ever...To hear these 13 tracks is to be transported to the wistful, alternatingly painful and joyous territory that was the Who's...adolescence."
NME (7/22/95, p.49) - 9 (out of 10) - "...Townshend finally free of shackles....a stream of brittle, spangly pop songs...which are simply otherworldly....Like all truly great albums, SELL OUT isn't overrated.
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 The Who Sell Out
The Who Sell Out was originally released as Track 612 002 (mono), 613002 (stereo) on December 15th, 1967.
This was actually The Who's third attempt at recording 'Mary Anne.' They tried an electric version first at Talentmasters Studios in new York on August 6, 1967, and again, also electric, on August 7.
I found out that he had taken upon himself to declare this tape garbage, and had taken it down to 41st (the back of the building) and put it in the dumpster.
www.thewho.net /linernotes/WhoSellOut.htm   (3185 words)

  
 Amazon.com: The Who Sell Out: Music: The Who   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-11)
The Who's third album, 1967's "The Who Sell Out," was the band's very first concept album, the theme for the record being a pirate radio station that plays nothing but Who songs, complete with radio jingles and commercials (some genuine, some created by the band) sprinkled inbetween the tunes.
The Who Sell Out is a milestone recording, and has for years been a long standing favorite of mine.
My personal favorite bonus track on Sell Out is The Who's version of "Melancholia", which I had heard previously only as Pete Townshend's demo that he released on the "Scoop" album.
www.amazon.com /exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/B000002OX5?v=glance   (1671 words)

  
 A Cappella News: All-voice Who tribute goes miles and miles
It's just that it was really a private project taken on as an exercise, and she had no intention of playing it for anyone except friends, primarily Mike Watt, the Los Angeles musician who challenged her to try it in the first place.
Musically, the album brought out a lot of the Who's Beach Boys side, as well as touches of music hall and even some jazz vocals.
But for all those credits, "The Who Sell Out" looks like the project to nudge her out of the wings and closer to center stage.
www.acappellanews.com /archive/000673.html   (834 words)

  
 THE WHO SELL OUT
he Who Sell Out is something else, a kinked-out collection of swell songs wrapped in a radio commercial concept that was, ironically, a pretty uncommercial approach.
Thus ends the tour of Sell Out’s seven wonders, noting as I write this that there really isn’t a “week” song in the show.
The commercials are clever, sometimes fleshed out into actual songs (“Odorono,” “Medac”), sometimes uncredited segues between songs (such as the fake radio ID spots).
www.connollyco.com /discography/who/sellout.html   (326 words)

  
 Blogcritics.org: Petra Haden - Petra Haden Sings: The Who Sell Out
Mike Watt and d.boon (of the late, great Minutemen) were also die-hard Who fans from a young age, and had a friendship that was cemented, solidified through their shared love of and for music.
Petra Haden Sings: The Who Sell Out is the brainwave of Mike Watt, and was inspired by his friendship with d.boon and their shared Who obsession.
As a long time non-obsessive fan (I've been a Who fan since the 60s) I might not treat the original with the same reverence as those who are obsessed, but given that the Who had huge mainstream success, I don't think that the typical Who fan will have a problem either.
blogcritics.org /archives/2005/02/04/120529.php   (2330 words)

  
 Petra Haden: Petra Haden Sings: The Who Sell Out - PopMatters Music Review
The sad part is the damn thing almost worked better out of order, so pointless and lousy is this release.
Whether or not it unintentionally damns the original, you'll just be screaming to hear the real genius of the original and pass this goofball item into the trash can after you've heard it once.
If you're at all familiar with The Who Sell Out, then you might want to give this one a listen, but chances are you won't want to plunk any money down for it.
popmatters.com /music/reviews/h/hadenpetra-whosell.shtml   (487 words)

  
 bookofjoe: Petra Haden Sings: The Who Sell Out — World Premiere!   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-11)
The follow-up project, Totally Crushed Out!, was released a year later, and the group's third recording, Retreat From the Sun, appeared in 1997, and the band's breakup was announced that September.
Petra Haden Sings The Who Sell Out was released by Bar/None Records on February 22, 2005.
Pete Townshend, the leader of The Who, said of Petra's accomplishment, "When I heard about this CD I didn't know quite what to expect, but I found listening to it for the first time quite enchanting.
www.bookofjoe.com /2005/06/petra_haden_sin.html   (755 words)

  
 Cover Art:   The Who Sell Out   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-11)
Notes: From the wonderful photos on the cover to the AM radio style presentation of the music within, this is a classic.
The latter is shown in the wild drumming of Mr.
While there aren't many of the Who standards on this one, all fans of the lads should give this disc a good listening.
tralfaz-archives.com /coverart/W/who.html   (114 words)

  
 Rolling Stone : 113) The Who Sell Out
The Who's third record strung together recent singles with fake radio jingles and announcements.
It was a sendup of consumer culture, and the band's first stab at a concept album.
And "I Can See for Miles" is simply classic Who, driven by Townshend's acoustic and electric power chords, John Entwistle's contrapuntal bass figures and Keith Moon's hydraulic drumming.
www.rollingstone.com /news/story/6598681/113_the_who_sell_out   (170 words)

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