Early within the twenty first century, hundreds of thousands of TV viewers got here to acknowledge it because the theme for CSI: Crime Scene Investigation. However on August 26, 1978, “Who Are You” was merely a fantastic new Who tune that was making its debut on the Billboard Sizzling 100. It was on its strategy to changing into the band’s largest American hit for eight years.
A intelligent Pete Townshend development with a fuel-injected lead vocal by Roger Daltrey, “Who Are You” is tinged with unhappiness, because it was the band’s final main hit to characteristic Keith Moon. The inimitable drummer handed away on the age of simply 32 on September 7, even because the tune was climbing the US chart.
An eight-year excessive
“Who Are You” entered the American bestsellers as the best new entry of the week at No.70. Throughout the Atlantic, on the identical UK chart date, it climbed two locations to what turned its No.18 peak. Over the approaching weeks, the tune gathered gross sales and airplay within the States and reached No.14 in November, The Who’s highest singles rating there since “See Me, Really feel Me” hit No.12 in 1970.
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The album, additionally known as Who Are You, adopted quickly afterwards and have become a considerable success, incomes double platinum standing within the US, although The Who didn’t tour to help it. However, Daltrey was in optimistic temper when he spoke to Sounds across the launch of the “Who Are You” single and album.
‘I don’t assume we’ve bought out’
“The Who — possibly not as a stage group, however The Who as a sense, as an idealistic group, which is what we’re — is stronger than ever,” he mentioned. “And I don’t assume we’ve bought out ever, although I suppose we’re ‘out’ in the meanwhile.
“Once you hear folks say, oh we’re wealthy and I’ve acquired a giant home and all that — I can’t cover the truth that I’ve earned some huge cash. What am I imagined to do? Put all of it within the financial institution and reside in a bungalow? I don’t know. I make no apologies for being profitable.”
Purchase or stream “Who Are You” on the album of the identical identify.