You need flash!
no cover -  

The Who

classic rock rock british 60s hard rock

The Who are an English band formed in 1964. Their classic line-up consisted of lead singer Roger Daltrey, guitarist and singer Pete Townshend, bass guitarist John Entwistle, and drummer Keith Moon. They are considered one of the most influential rock bands of the 20th century, selling over 100 million records worldwide and holding a reputation for their live shows and studio work.

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. Their first single as the Who, "I Can't Explain", reached the UK top ten, followed by a string of singles including "My Generation", "Substitute" and "Happy Jack". In 1967, they performed at the Monterey Pop Festival and released the US top ten single "I Can See for Miles", while touring extensively. The group's fourth album, 1969's rock opera Tommy, included the single "Pinball Wizard" and was a critical and commercial success. Live appearances at Woodstock and the Isle of Wight Festival, along with the live album Live at Leeds, cemented their reputation as a respected rock act. With their success came increased pressure on lead songwriter Townshend, and the follow-up to Tommy, Lifehouse, was abandoned. Songs from the project made up 1971's Who's Next, which included the hit "Won't Get Fooled Again". The group released the album Quadrophenia in 1973 as a celebration of their mod roots, and oversaw the film adaptation of Tommy in 1975. They continued to tour to large audiences before semi-retiring from live performances at the end of 1976. The release of Who Are You in 1978 was overshadowed by the death of Moon shortly after.

Kenney Jones replaced Moon and the group resumed activity, releasing a film adaptation of Quadrophenia and the retrospective documentary The Kids Are Alright. After Townshend became weary of touring, the group split in 1982. The Who occasionally re-formed for live appearances such as Live Aid in 1985, a 25th anniversary tour in 1989 and a tour of Quadrophenia in 1996–1997. They resumed regular touring in 1999, with drummer Zak Starkey. After Entwistle's death in 2002, plans for a new album were delayed. Townshend and Daltrey continued as the Who, releasing Endless Wire in 2006, and continued to play live regularly.

The Who's major contributions to rock music include the development of the Marshall stack, large PA systems, use of the synthesizer, Entwistle and Moon's lead playing styles, Townshend's feedback and power chord guitar technique, and the development of the rock opera. They are cited as an influence by hard rock, punk rock and mod bands, and their songs still receive regular exposure.

The Who are one of the most influential rock bands of the 20th century. Their appearances at Monterey and Woodstock helped give them a reputation as one of the greatest live rock acts and they have been credited with originating the "rock opera". The band has sold over 100 million records worldwide.

The group's contributions to rock include the power chord, windmill strum and the use of non-musical instrument noise such as feedback. The band influenced fashion from their earliest days with their embrace of pop art and the use of the Union Jack for clothing. The guitar-smashing incident at the Railway Hotel in 1964 is one of Rolling Stone magazine's "50 Moments That Changed the History of Rock 'n' Roll".

Pink Floyd began to use feedback from their early shows in 1966, inspired by the Who, whom they considered a formative influence. Shortly after arriving in London in 1966, Jimi Hendrix visited Marshall's music shop demanding an amp setup like Townshend's and manipulated electronic noises in ways that Townshend had pioneered. The Beatles were fans and socialised with Moon in particular during the mid-1960s. In 1965, Paul McCartney said the Who "are the most exciting thing around" and was inspired to write "Helter Skelter" in the group's "heavy" style; John Lennon borrowed the acoustic guitar style in "Pinball Wizard" for "Polythene Pam".

The loud volume of the band's live show influenced the approach of hard rock and heavy metal. Proto punk and punk rock bands such as the MC5, the Stooges, the Ramones, the Sex Pistols, the Clash and Green Day cite the Who as an influence. The Who inspired mod revival bands, particularly the Jam, which helped other groups influenced by the Who become popular. The Who influenced hard rock bands such as Guns N' Roses. In the mid-1990s, Britpop bands such as Blur and Oasis were influenced by the Who. The Who have also influenced pop punk band Panic! at the Disco.

The Who have inspired many tribute bands; Daltrey has endorsed the Whodlums, who raise money for the Teenage Cancer Trust. Many bands have covered Who songs; Elton John's version of "Pinball Wizard" reached No. 7 in the UK.


The Who 9be4c8985357a7870b348aebeb4d8a47 The Who 97f44512db207445437bdbf1b5de5eaa The Who 92e337c7aa5e49ecbb5f9e72beeec21d The Who feacfffd16104f59b34a95cb376db315 The Who 3a5ee082a23e46ab9c2d471b13a45e5c The Who 83c3827848d54595a646942490ea3d58 The Who be9fd0d0fff24353b59046e1fef702a2 The Who 54629158b2cf49f6a740daa1cd111209 The Who 114bfe539c624e5898dadd138a3f662c The Who 47f42d3a4984491da00fc47423ac0706 The Who 68ca18cde9af4ca197cd52899b638b3a The Who 8837510b0f2d443f9328740c71b05538 The Who d59bde6dfd7d49be9e09d1470de8031f The Who 20958fe35b7a485eb35b952a946d1813 The Who f8373f25cc814f72ab45625eeced724b The Who 6e7182840db749feac70f5a85a2e2469 The Who a5bbd33723dc46fa8d16d4265cd6b7ea The Who f3d25af1ad59456695073f147d84e610 The Who 65fc665529304c68a55641ee116595d4 The Who 916055332361421eae468d1292ff146f The Who 42120776be4f452b86167f5c2fd2abd8 The Who dfebb8a8dd0741c4ae754695714e563c The Who 587847f27f824c998565f44e4a15365f The Who b97a7493c4fa4df8a1417a531721bde2 The Who 9bd8d9485ac048c3b1df8d2c02ecc26b The Who 50ec01fed6694ed79cf16ec8951ee625 The Who a70cb1a01b2c47fca6520f595554fa05 The Who de50947ca34b4795bcd95d7f26da1ed4 The Who ed376593087b4d5c9b658515324ce207 The Who c8243e1c17234c32854dc29d77a170bc The Who 1abdb21c388f404ca8bbb39cb27b6512 The Who 1913a2a21e0848729d3383c77f37d08b The Who 007d008c45854e9485edb8425ee748d7 The Who 074fcb90bebb446eba908f5f1a0fa1e9 The Who 65b24edb9a7e48419381f8b76cb8a1b1 The Who 6d660c01211b4a499b91df2e0eecce08 The Who 2175c4ea3cbb410fbca469db71206afe The Who cc3e52a591ba4515808c06cbdf198d91 The Who 87b0b157a5b44e82be358bb9f46c257a The Who 991046c1680d4703b43e19b197873eed The Who 9be4c8985357a7870b348aebeb4d8a47 The Who 97f44512db207445437bdbf1b5de5eaa The Who 92e337c7aa5e49ecbb5f9e72beeec21d The Who feacfffd16104f59b34a95cb376db315 The Who 3a5ee082a23e46ab9c2d471b13a45e5c The Who 83c3827848d54595a646942490ea3d58 The Who be9fd0d0fff24353b59046e1fef702a2 The Who 54629158b2cf49f6a740daa1cd111209 The Who 114bfe539c624e5898dadd138a3f662c The Who 47f42d3a4984491da00fc47423ac0706 The Who 68ca18cde9af4ca197cd52899b638b3a The Who 8837510b0f2d443f9328740c71b05538 The Who d59bde6dfd7d49be9e09d1470de8031f The Who 1abdb21c388f404ca8bbb39cb27b6512 The Who 20958fe35b7a485eb35b952a946d1813 The Who f8373f25cc814f72ab45625eeced724b The Who 6e7182840db749feac70f5a85a2e2469 The Who a5bbd33723dc46fa8d16d4265cd6b7ea The Who f3d25af1ad59456695073f147d84e610 The Who 65fc665529304c68a55641ee116595d4 The Who 916055332361421eae468d1292ff146f The Who 42120776be4f452b86167f5c2fd2abd8 The Who dfebb8a8dd0741c4ae754695714e563c The Who 587847f27f824c998565f44e4a15365f The Who b97a7493c4fa4df8a1417a531721bde2 The Who 9bd8d9485ac048c3b1df8d2c02ecc26b The Who 50ec01fed6694ed79cf16ec8951ee625 The Who a70cb1a01b2c47fca6520f595554fa05 The Who de50947ca34b4795bcd95d7f26da1ed4 The Who ed376593087b4d5c9b658515324ce207 The Who c8243e1c17234c32854dc29d77a170bc The Who 1913a2a21e0848729d3383c77f37d08b The Who 007d008c45854e9485edb8425ee748d7 The Who 074fcb90bebb446eba908f5f1a0fa1e9 The Who 65b24edb9a7e48419381f8b76cb8a1b1 The Who 6d660c01211b4a499b91df2e0eecce08 The Who 2175c4ea3cbb410fbca469db71206afe The Who cc3e52a591ba4515808c06cbdf198d91 The Who 87b0b157a5b44e82be358bb9f46c257a The Who 991046c1680d4703b43e19b197873eed The Who 9be4c8985357a7870b348aebeb4d8a47 The Who 97f44512db207445437bdbf1b5de5eaa The Who 92e337c7aa5e49ecbb5f9e72beeec21d The Who feacfffd16104f59b34a95cb376db315 The Who 3a5ee082a23e46ab9c2d471b13a45e5c The Who 83c3827848d54595a646942490ea3d58 The Who be9fd0d0fff24353b59046e1fef702a2 The Who 54629158b2cf49f6a740daa1cd111209 The Who 114bfe539c624e5898dadd138a3f662c The Who 47f42d3a4984491da00fc47423ac0706 The Who 68ca18cde9af4ca197cd52899b638b3a The Who 8837510b0f2d443f9328740c71b05538 The Who d59bde6dfd7d49be9e09d1470de8031f The Who 1abdb21c388f404ca8bbb39cb27b6512 The Who 20958fe35b7a485eb35b952a946d1813 The Who f8373f25cc814f72ab45625eeced724b The Who 6e7182840db749feac70f5a85a2e2469 The Who a5bbd33723dc46fa8d16d4265cd6b7ea The Who f3d25af1ad59456695073f147d84e610 The Who 65fc665529304c68a55641ee116595d4 The Who 916055332361421eae468d1292ff146f The Who 42120776be4f452b86167f5c2fd2abd8 The Who dfebb8a8dd0741c4ae754695714e563c The Who 587847f27f824c998565f44e4a15365f The Who b97a7493c4fa4df8a1417a531721bde2 The Who 9bd8d9485ac048c3b1df8d2c02ecc26b The Who 50ec01fed6694ed79cf16ec8951ee625 The Who a70cb1a01b2c47fca6520f595554fa05 The Who de50947ca34b4795bcd95d7f26da1ed4 The Who ed376593087b4d5c9b658515324ce207 The Who c8243e1c17234c32854dc29d77a170bc The Who 1913a2a21e0848729d3383c77f37d08b The Who 007d008c45854e9485edb8425ee748d7 The Who 074fcb90bebb446eba908f5f1a0fa1e9 The Who 65b24edb9a7e48419381f8b76cb8a1b1 The Who 6d660c01211b4a499b91df2e0eecce08 The Who 2175c4ea3cbb410fbca469db71206afe The Who cc3e52a591ba4515808c06cbdf198d91 The Who 87b0b157a5b44e82be358bb9f46c257a The Who 991046c1680d4703b43e19b197873eed
TOPlist