Thursday, March 31, 2011


This isn't really a political post, but since we've got A to Z going on, I didn't want to disrupt my whole alpha thing. Plus I was not sure what letter to put this under.

It could be "T" for Townshend. Or maybe "P" for Pete. Or even "W" for Who.

But probably the best fit is "A" for ass…

But in either case, I'm posting it here on "Back In The USSR."

Pete Townshend wishes he had never joined The Who.

Despite the band being considered one of the greatest rock groups of all-time, the guitarist believes he could have been just as successful as a solo performer.

'My Generation' rocker Townshend is adamant he could have emulated the career path of Roxy Music keyboard player Brian Eno who went on to release several experimental solo albums before moving into producing, masterminding records for U2, Coldplay and Depeche Mode among others, if he had gone it alone.

Speaking in a new one-off magazine The Who: The Ultimate Music Guide - made by the makers of music publication Uncut - he said: "What would I have done differently? I would never have joined a band. Even though I am quite a good gang member and a good trooper on the road, I am bad at creative collaboration.

"I would have made a much more effective solo performer and producer working the way Brian Eno has worked."

The 65-year-old musician also believes he would not have so many injured body parts if he hadn't spent five decades in the band - which during its peak was comprised of the guitarist, singer Roger Daltrey, bassist John Entwistle and drummer Keith Moon.

He added: "I would be less physically damaged today. My ears, right wrist and shoulder would work more efficiently. In all other respects I am in extremely good shape."

Townshend has been suffering from tinnitus - a painful ringing in the ears, which is a symptom of noise-induced hearing loss - for years and has seen several specialists in a bid to help the problem and prolong the lifespan of The Who.

the guitarist believes he could have been just as successful as a solo performer

Really, Pete? Aside from "Let My Love Open The Door," have you ever had another hit? Or even much radio play? Roger, on the other hand, has had several successful solo singles.

I feel bad for Pete's aches and pains, but guess what? WE ALL HAVE 'EM!

So come on, Pete-it's a little late, but have your mid-life crisis! Stay away from the Internet porn (remember how well that worked out last time) and buy a Corvette and pick up a nice young bleached blonde!

And be grateful for the fact that you had a career doing what you love, with unlimited partying and lots of casual sex, and that you're still alive to talk about it.

Or is being a rock and roll star like slavery, too?

The original article can be found here:


  1. Had Pete gone it alone, he probably wouldn't have made music at all. He'd have likely become a great journalist, throwing light on subjects such as pedophilia and... pedophilia. And he'd have the largest photo collection of naked children in England - all due to his extensive research, of course!

    But I'm glad he didn't go it alone, because then we wouldn't have been treated to that memorable Super Bowl halftime performance a few years ago when The Who played... when they played... well... when they played whatever they played.

    Pete Townshend . . . he shoulda died before he got old.

    ~ D-FensDogg
    'Loyal American Underground'

  2. Stephen-

    I know you're not a huge Who fan, but isn't that just a silly statement?

    I know people reflect on their lives, but I'm tired of multimillionaires reflecting and whining about how tough they had it.

    I could probably retire just from the royalties he gets from the umpteen CSI show theme songs!

    I'm gonna get old before I die...

  3. >> . . . I know you're not a huge Who fan, but isn't that just a silly statement?

    Pete's or mine?

    >> . . . I'm gonna get old before I die...

    Yer gonna?
    Dude, we've both already proven that.

    ~ D-FensDogg
    'Loyal American Underground'

  4. >Pete's or mine?

    Pete's, of course!

    >Dude, we've both already proven that.

    I've still got six months until the blag flags start flying...but thanks for helping me start my day on a low note!

    Just kidding...I'll always take five foot seven over instead of six feet under!

  5. I allowed to curse here? (Sorry; gotta check before I let loose.)

  6. Hmm, I don't remember posting that.

    Ah well, sorry. Yeah, pedophilia and pedophilia lol; that was an apt statement, Stephen.

    "Let My Love Open The Door"

    That was a heck of a hit, though. But it might never have seen the light of day if he hadn't been the guy from the Who.

    I'll trade you one Townshend and take back Keith "The Animal" Moon; trashed hotel rooms and all.