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Thunderclap Newman were a UK Rock group formed by Jazz pianist Andy "Thunderclap" Newman, singer/drummer John "Speedy" Keen and 16-year-old guitarist Jimmy McCulloch. Pete Townshend discovered them.
Townshend engineered, arranged and played bass on this song. The Who never had a #1 hit - this was the only song he worked on that went to the top of the charts.
The original title was "Revolution," but they had to change it when The Beatles came out with a song using that title.
This was used in the 1969 film The Magic Christian. It was also featured in the 2000 movie Almost Famous and the comedy movie Kingpin. (thanks, brent - Wooddale, IL)
Townshend also produced "Accidents," which was the follow-up single and went to to #46 in the UK. The group split up soon after. Newman took up the saxophone and returned to the pub circuit. and McCulloch joined Wings before dying of heart failure in 1979. (thanks, Edward Pearce - Ashford, Kent, England, for all above)
This was used in a commercial television advertisement campaign for DirecTV. (thanks, Bertrand - Paris, France)
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