36 Facts About The Who

1. The Who are an English rock band formed in London in 1964.

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2. The Who were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1990.

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3. The Who developed from an earlier group, the Detours, and established themselves as part of the pop art and mod movements, featuring auto-destructive art by destroying guitars and drums on stage.

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4. The Who was unable to afford a bass and built one at home.

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5. The Who was expelled at 15 and found work on a building site.

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6. The Who was performing with a semi-professional band called the Beachcombers, and wanted to play full-time.

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7. The Who decided that the group would be ideal to represent the growing mod movement in Britain which involved fashion, scooters and music genres such as rhythm and blues, soul and Modern Jazz.

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8. The Who signed them to his production company, and sold the recording to the US arm of Decca Records, which meant that the group's early singles were released in Britain on Brunswick Records, one of UK Decca's labels for US artists.

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9. In early 1965, The Who made their first appearance on the television music show, Top of the Pops, at the BBC's Dickenson Road Studios in Manchester, with "I Can't Explain".

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10. The Who were not close friends either, apart from Moon and Entwistle, who enjoyed visiting nightclubs together in the West End of London.

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11. The Who were signed to Robert Stigwood's label, Reaction, and released "Substitute".

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12. The Who brought hired equipment to the festival; Hendrix shipped over his regular touring gear from Britain, including a full Marshall stack.

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13. The Who declared themselves a pop art group and thus viewed advertising as an artform; they recorded a wide variety of radio advertisements, such as for canned milkshakes and the American Cancer Society, in defiance of the rising anti-consumerist ethos of the hippie counterculture.

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14. The Who developed ideas in his home studio, creating layers of synthesizers, and the Young Vic theatre in London was booked for a series of experimental concerts.

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15. The Who recovered and completed the gig, playing to his usual strength.

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16. The Who believed them to be no longer effective managers, which Townshend and Moon disputed.

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17. The Who discovered that former Beatles and Rolling Stones manager Allen Klein had bought a stake in his publishing company.

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18. The events inspired the title track of the next album, The Who Are You.

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19. The Who released two studio albums with Jones as drummer, Face Dances and It's Hard (1982).

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20. The Who was again at odds with Daltrey and Entwistle, who merely wanted to tour and play hits and thought Townshend had saved his best songs for his solo album, Empty Glass.

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21. The Who played concerts in the UK in early 2002 in preparation for a full US tour.

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22. The Who decided their friendship was important, and this ultimately led to writing and recording new material.

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23. The Who announced in 2005 that they were working on a new album.

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24. In November 2007, the documentary Amazing Journey: The Story of The Who was released, featuring unreleased footage of the 1970 Leeds appearance and a 1964 performance at the Railway Hotel when the group were The High Numbers.

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25. The Who toured in support of Endless Wire, including the BBC Electric Proms at the Roundhouse in London in 2006, headlining the 2007 Glastonbury Festival, a half-time appearance at the Super Bowl XLIV in 2010 and being the final act at the closing ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games.

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26. The Who experimented with an in-ear monitoring system that was recommended by Neil Young and his audiologist.

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27. On 6 December 2019, The Who released their first studio album in thirteen years, Who, to critical acclaim.

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28. The Who's playing style evolved from the banjo, favouring down strokes and using a combination of the plectrum and fingerpicking.

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29. The Who avoided the hi-hat, and concentrated on a mix of tom rolls and cymbals.

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30. The Who were initially enthusiastic about working with a completely different drummer.

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31. The Who are perceived as having had a poor working relationship.

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32. The Who are one of the most influential rock bands of the 20th century.

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33. The Who inspired mod revival bands, particularly the Jam, which helped other groups influenced by the Who become popular.

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34. The Who influenced hard rock bands such as Guns N' Roses.

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35. The Who countered criticism of "selling out" by saying that licensing the songs to other media allows a wider exposure and widens the group's appeal.

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36. In 2003, Rolling Stones 500 Greatest Albums of All Time list included Who's Next at number 28, Tommy at number 96, The Who Sell Out at number 113, Live at Leeds at number 170, My Generation at number 236, Quadrophenia at number 266, and A Quick One at number 383.

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