4FUN HITS – Who Are You by The Who


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Going through the charts for 1998 I’m having a tough time finding a song for Reelin’ in the Years. I do not think any of the songs are all that great.

I’m considering posting one as my most respected for that year but it never was a fav. More like something you’d hear while shopping in the dollar store. Nothing wrong with that… just sayin’.

So I’m going to have to dig deeper, look thru through my collection and see what I was listening to that year. Something tells me I was drifting toward jazz and sacred music. But there must be a pop tune that stirred my soul in ’98.

In the meantime, I thought I’d do a parallel series called 4FUN HITS to fill in the gaps for some of the great songs overlooked in Reelin’ in the Years.

“Who Are You” was released in 1978. My girlfriend back then Jill (not her real name) had given me that album for my 16th birthday. The dear soul bought a special red vinyl edition that was just soooo cool. As I’ve said before, Jill was the ultimate teenage girlfriend. Sometimes I’ve regretted that we broke up but life is about movin’ on.

The Very Best of Steely Dan: Reelin' In the Years
The Very Best of Steely Dan: Reelin’ In the Years (just in case you didn’t get where I got the title of Reelin’ in the Years from) – Wikipedia

Anyhow, I’d just purchased my first stereo amp. A Yamaha with 60 watts of power. Back then that was respectable. The real serious audiophiles had 100 watts but 60 was good for me (and my bankbook)!

Our family had a pair of Genesis loudspeakers, bought off a friend who was indeed an audiophile. Add my Technics turntable and I was ready to rock.

And rock I did. When my parents were away I had small house parties where I’d blast those 60 watts and Genesis speakers to their extreme capacity without distorting. I’d been warned by our audiophile friend that loudness didn’t kill speakers. Distortion did.

I remember dancing with my pals, pretending we were performing this song, and generally having a gay ol’ time.

The Who were quite progressive for a rock band. Their use of analog synthesizers was advanced back in the day. I think they are one of the great classic bands. And Roger Daltry is probably my all-time favorite straight out rock and roll singer.

For me, he’s better than Robert Plant or Burton Cummings, who have similar styles when they roar.

Oh tell me who are you, you, you, ah you?

The Who were the very first band I saw live at Toronto’s Maple Leaf Gardens. I didn’t do a lot of rock concerts as a kid. But those I did go to are burned in memory.

In the 70s the audience held up cigarette lighters instead of cellphones. It was pretty magical. I can still see the calm bassist John Entwistle looking like a wise old Druid up there on stage. Even then, I could tell that music had a mystical component.

I came home and found myself hoarse the next day. I was a quiet kid but The Who got me screaming! 🙂

Image top right: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:4Fun_Hits.jpg

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