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The Kids Are Alright by The Who

Album: My GenerationReleased: 1965
  • This song, along with "My Generation," became anthems for The Who, as well as for the Mod Movement in England. The song was written by Pete Townshend as a tribute to the Mods, who were trendy and often rebellious British youth.
  • Check out Keith Moon's drumming on this song - he used his cymbals and toms to emphasize the vocal lines, crashing down at the end of lyrical lines. This was one his innovations with The Who.
  • A 1979 rockumentary concerning the Who shares the same title.
  • This song has been covered by both Goldfinger and Green Day. >>
    Suggestion credit:
    Bill - Erie, PA, for all above
  • The Offspring song The Kids Aren't Alright is a reference to this. >>
    Suggestion credit:
    iain - edinburgh, Scotland
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Comments: 10

great song, with fantastic harmonies. i still cant figure out what its about, though.Chloe - St. Louis, Mo
Their harmonization is beyond good... it's chilling. Great song!Erin - Clarksville, Pa
Great early harmony by The Who.Guy - Woodinville, Wa
This song has been covered in 2006 for Matthew Sweet & Susanna Hoffs: "Under the Covers" Vol. ISabo Romo - D.f.,
My Favorite song By The Who. I'm not quite sure..but I think they almost used this song as the theme song for That 70's Show but didn't for some reason. Again, i'm not 100% sure if that's true or not. Anyway, this is a great song.Pete - London, England
The song isn't featured in the rockumentary of the same title, and not on the soundtrack either. When the film was remastered and rereleased a few years ago it was added to the film and now plays throughout the restoration credits.Fintan - Cheltenham, England
They like to change up the ending of this song live. if you watched the DVD(s) of "the royal albert hall" from 2000 or the concert from Boston in 2002, both endings are different. the former was more reminiscent, how pete wrote the song when he was "nothing but a kid" and how he shouldn't be alive with all the stuff he's done over the years, but he's "still alright"...the latter ending was written about john after he died. very moving. Pete compared john to an expensive, elegant brand of wine: a beautiful outer shell, but the inside was really f--ked up ---just like john was with drug abuse. one of the extra lines in that boston show was "don't say I didn't warn ya..." Very somber song now. john's still THEE best bassist who will ever live. The Who are flippin' amazingLaura - Spencerport, Ny
The Pleasers had a near-hit with this in the UK in 1978.Mark - London, England
This song was once frequently covered live by Pearl Jam, though I'm not sure it's a staple in their shows nowadays.Paulo - Yonkers, Ny
The Offspring alluded to this song when they released a different song titled "The Kids Aren't Alright."Jon - Tucson, Az
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