Wednesday, July 29, 2009

The Who's on First

Pete Townshend, lead guitarist/principal songwriter for The Who, although not really known for his solo work apart from "Let My Love Open the Door," is actually fairly prolific in this regard. Who Came First, (get it?) was his first major label attempt at a solo record. It's definitely no Nebraska. It's got some fun, guitar-driven synth-rock on it, including "Pure and Easy" and "Let's See Action." Many of the songs on this album were going to be on Lifehouse, another of the Who's classic rock operas, abandoned in the 1970's and 1980's and eventually released in the last several years.

The album cover is kind of well known in its own weird way. I'm curious to know if any of you recognize it from something or other. None of these songs are really classic rock radio staples, with the lone exception being "The Seeker." An alternate demo version appears on the remastered + bonus version provided here. "Evolution" is the only song which Pete doesn't sing, with a guest appearance by Ronnie Lane from the Faces (Hot Rod Stewart's original band.)

Thoughts? Who's on First!