A Thursday Thirteen on Saturday? Who? The Who, That’s Who. Read Why…

The Who - Baba O'Riley, Hard Drums 98% 5 Star

The Who – Baba O’Riley, Hard Drums 98% 5 Star (Photo credit: robad0b)

I delayed this week’s Thursday Thirteen for a very plausible reason.  My wife and I are heading out for dinner Saturday night with friends of ours and I just learned through a mutual friend that the husband is a HUGE fan of the 1960’s and 1970’s band The Who.

So I decided to impress him with my knowledge of the band and quiz him with 13 tricky questions about the band.  I hear he’s an “expert” so I pulled up some challenging questions.  If you’re also a big fan of the band ask someone else to quiz you since I put the answer right under the question.

So put on your ear plugs, hide the explosives and throw out those drugs so you can be ready to participate and learn about the legendary band The Who;

Here we go!

13. Which Song did Roger Daltrey refuse to sing and why?

A:  He refused to sing, “However much I Booze”.  It was written by Pete Townshend when he was struggling with alcohol. Roger found it’s lyrics too personal so he refused to sing it.

12. What year was the who’s “Live in Toronto” released?  How long was the show and what was the significance?

A:  The show was released in 1984. It ran for 1h53 minutes.  It was the last tour date of the band before the stopped touring (at that time) because of Pete Townshend’s drug and alcohol problems.  Roger Daltrey said the band would stop touring and break up in order to save Pete’s life, in 1981.  Pete was off drugs and alcohol by 1982.

11. Who played the Acid Queen in the Who’s Tommy?

A:  Tina Turner

10. Which other famous celeb appeared in Tommy and what was his / her role?

A:  Jack Nicolson played A. Quackson, Mental Health Specialist.

9. Elton John sung “Pinball Wizard” but what was his character’s name according to the billboard?

A:  “The Champ”

8. Ann-Margaret was nominated for an Academy Award in 1975 for her role in Tommy. Did she win? If not, who did she lose to?

A:  She lost to Louise Fletcher from “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest”.

7. Who is Baba O’Riley and why was a song mainly referred to as “Teenage Wasteland” called that?

A:  The actual name of “Baba O’Riley” was chosen in tribute to famed spiritual leader, Meher Baba, and musician Terry Riley, who provided the philosophical and musical influences for the song itself.  Meher Baba, the famed Indian spiritual guru and the self-proclaimed reincarnation of God, refused to speak for 44 years, stating that when he did speak it would be to convey the message of G-d.  He died before he spoke.   Terry Riley was simply a minimalist musician and classical composer that Pete Townshend admired a great deal.  Riley’s music also heavily influenced the composition of the song Baba O’Riley itself, particularly the keyboard riffs.

6. What is “Quadrophenia?  Go…

A: The 6th studio album from the band, released in 1973.  Its story involves social, musical and psychological happenings from an English teenage perspective, set in London and Brighton in 1964 and ’65.  The name is a variation on the popular (and misnomered) usage of the medical diagnostic term schizophrenia as dissociative identity disorder to reflect the four distinct personalities of Jimmy, the opera’s protagonist – each said to represent the personality of one member of The Who.  At the same time, the title is a play on the term quadraphonic sound, then a recent invention.

5.  What happened in 1981 to Pete Townshend as he performed solo with an acoustic guitar at a benefit for Amnesty International called the Policemen’s Secret Ball?

A:  He fell asleep onstage which was the first public sign of his deepening  drug addiction.

4.  What was the slogan of the Who, coined in their early years?

A: Maximum R&B.

3.  Who is drummer Zak Starkey‘s famous daddy?

A: Ringo Starr.

2.  What year was the band inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame?

A: 1990.

1. What award did Pete Townshend win in 1994 for the 1993 stage production of Tommy..

A: A Tony award.

So?  I think he will get 7 out of the 13.  What do you think and how did you do on the quiz?

Details to follow!  Dinnier is in 27 minute.

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One response

  1. Very interesting, didn’t know any of those points about “The Who” even though I would say I like their music. Hope you had a lovely evening x

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