Title: "Eminence Front"
Artist: The Who
Album: It's Hard, 1982
Written By: Pete Townshend
I know, I know. I pick a Who song from the Kenney Jones era, from one of their worst albums, and that Roger Daltrey doesn't even sing lead on. But you know, this song kicks ass. As you know from my Artist and Album lists of yore, The Who is one of my favorite bands. On my expanded Top 200, there are many Who songs, and ones that you might expect, like "Substitute," "Naked Eye," "The Seeker," "Won't Get Fooled Again," "Baba O'Riley" and so forth. But this last gasp stands right up with them. I saw the latterday Who most recently in 2007, and this was a highlight of the show. It has been consistently in their setlist ever since '82, while the rest of It's Hard was long ago tossed aside. Another of Pete's great synth grooves, the opening is what really gets me, with Pete's great solo. Also listen to John Entwistle's bass from about 2:55 on in the song. Incredible. As with many of Townshend's songs from the early 80's period (both Who and solo), I don't really know what he's singing about, but I really dig some of the songs. This was also the period where he was doing his best solo work.
BELOW: I like this video someone put up on YouTube. Great sound quality.