"Out here in the fields
I fight for my meals
I get my back into my living
I don't need to fight
To prove I'm right
I don't need to be forgiven"
is the fifth studio album by The Who
, released in 1971. It was Pete Townshend's salvaging of his failed Lifehouse
project. It is usually considered one of The Who's best albums, and is possibly best known for the songs "Baba O'Riley" and "Won't Get Fooled Again." A documentary about the creative process behind the making of this album can be seen in the Classic Albums
TV documentary series.
- "Baba O'Riley"
- "Love Ain't For Keeping"
- "My Wife"
- "The Song Is Over"
- "Getting In Tune"
- "Going Mobile"
- "Behind Blue Eyes"
- "Won't Get Fooled Again"
Bonus Tracks (1995 Reissue):
- "Pure And Easy"
- "Baby Don't You Do It"
- "Naked Eye (Live)"
- "Water (Live)"
- "Too Much Of Anything"
- "I Don't Even Know Myself"
- "Behind Blue Eyes (Alternate Version)"
- Roger Daltrey - lead vocals, harmonica
- John Entwistle - bass, backing and lead vocals, piano, brass
- Keith Moon - drums, percussion
- Pete Townshend - guitar, backing and lead vocals, organ, VCS3, synthesizer, piano
Who's Next is the Trope Namer for:
"These Tropes Won't Get Fooled Again":
- Alcohol-Induced Idiocy/Mistaken for Cheating/Woman Scorned: John Entwistle's "My Wife" is sung from the perspective of a guy who has gotten drunk and been arrested, and fears that his wife will think he was cheating on her (and that he'll consequently be "murdered in cold blood").
- Actually Pretty Funny: The reaction of Entwistle's then-wife Alison, on hearing the song for the first time.
- Big "YES!"/Metal Scream: The "Yeeeaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaahhhh!" in "Won't Get Fooled Again".
- Epic Rocking: "The Song Is Over" and "Won't Get Fooled Again".
- Fading into the Next Song: "Love Ain't For Keeping" fades into "My Wife".
- The Monolith: On the album cover. The photo's meant to look like the band members have just pissed on it.
- New Sound Album: It introduced synthesisers into the band's sound. However, the synthesisers here are used mainly for effects and processing: the ARP synthesiser is used to process the guitar solo in "Going Mobile", the EMS VCS3 is used as an envelope filter for the organ in "Won't Get Fooled Again" and noisemaker in "The Song Is Over", and the famous opening melody of "Baba O'Riley" is actually played on Pete Townshend's Lowrey Deluxe organ with the marimba repeat feature. Synthesisers would assume a more leading role starting with Quadrophenia.
- Non-Appearing Title: The album title doesn't appear in any of the songs.
- One Woman Song: "My Wife".
- One-Word Title: "Bargain"
- Protest Song: "Won't Get Fooled Again," about a failed revolution. (See the stinger below.)
- Pun-Based Title/Questioning Title: The album title.
- Record Producer: Glyn Johns, with the Who.
- Refrain from Assuming: The song is called "Baba O'Riley", not "Teenage Wasteland".
- Self-Demonstrating Song: "Getting In Tune"
- Self-Titled Album: The album title has the band's name in it.
- Shout-Out: "Baba O'Riley" was named for the guru Meher Baba and the composer Terry Riley.
- French comic strip artist Gotlib once spoofed the album cover with his Hamster Jovial characters. See here.
- Silly Love Songs: "Bargain", "Love Ain't For Keeping"
- The Something Song: "The Song Is Over"
- Step Up to the Microphone: John Entwistle sings "My Wife", Pete Townshend sings all of "Going Mobile" and parts of several other songs on the album
- Villainous Lament/Anti-Villain: "Behind Blue Eyes"
- Wanderlust Song: "Baba O'Riley"
- Who's on First?: Following in the tradition of the band's name.