I do enjoy the Who’s Next album (it’s the only one I own) but I can’t say I reach for it very often. I’ve never gotten into Quadrophenia or Tommy. In short, they are pretty much a non-entity to me.
But… I love ‘The Kids are Alright.’ I consider it one of the great songs of its era. I think a big part of the reason is that it doesn’t really sound like other Who songs — it owes much more to The Beatles.
I love that it’s a pure pop ditty but it still maintains the ferocious rock musicality of their other work. Keith Moon beats the hell out of the drum kit and Pete Townshend windmills on his guitar like they were tearing into ‘Baba O’Reilly.’
So here’s another case where I can thank the Song of the Day series for reacquainting me with a tune I didn’t even know I was missing. I’m glad to know it’s good for something. 🙂