The Who are a phenomenal rock band who contributed to the development of rock in all styles, and who provided Tommy, the first "rock opera", Tommy. They contributed to the wildness of hard rock by destroying their equipment onstage. In one concert dynamite was placed in the drumset, which when detonated caused drummer Keith Moon to become partially deaf. Moon died in 1980 and the Who have never been the same since. The song Summertime Blues was originally done by early rock and roll musician Eddie Cochran, but The Who's version is more popular because of its more hard rock style and the line "I'd like to help you son, but you're too young to vote.", reflecting the movement to lower the voting age to eighteen. Their song Substitute had the line "I look all white but my dad was black" changed to "I try moving forward but my feet walk back" for the US release. Subsequent compilations featured the original version. Their song Behind Blue Eyes was designed for a rock opera named "Lifehouse", where the song would be the theme song for the villain. The song I'm a Boy was designed for a rock opera named "Quads", in which parents could choose the gender of their children. Their song The Real Me is from their album "Quadrophenia", which gets is name from a combination of "Quad" (four) and schizophrenia. This is due to a misconception that multiple personality disorder is a form of schizophrenia. The song My Generation features a stutter intended to imitate people who are addicted to amphetamines. Boris the Spider features one of the earliest examples of a "death growl", later used heavily in death metal. Who Are You? features the F word twice in the song, but was never censored for airplay and remains a staple of classic rock stations. Member Pete Townshend went on to have a successful solo career.

Genres Edit

Hard Rock

Garage Rock

New Wave

Psychedelic Rock

Pop Rock


Power Pop

Songs Edit

Baba O'Riley (Teenage Wasteland)

I'm Free (and I want you to follow me)

We're Not Gonna Take It (put in your earplugs)

Pinball Wizard

Boris the Spider

My Generation

Squeeze Box

Go to the Mirror Boy (See Me, Feel Me)

Behind Blue Eyes

The Real Me

Won't Get Fooled Again

Who Are You

Eminence Front

Love Reign O'er Me


Magic Bus

I Can See for Miles

Going Mobile

I Can't Explain

I'm a Boy

Influences Edit

Eddie Cochran

Parody Edit

The Who has been referenced several times in popular internet cartoon Homestar Runner.