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Album: The Who By Numbers (1975)
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Songfacts®:

  • This song is a cynical autobiography of The Who. It was written by John Entwistle and uses his trademark dark humor.
  • The line, "I'm your fairy manager" is an allusion to The Who's gay manager Kit Lambert, who they were in the process of suing.
  • The line, "I may go far if I smash my guitar" is a reference to how, in their early years, The Who would end their concerts with Pete Townshend smashing his guitar on stage.
  • The verse at the end about the preacher becoming a rock musician is a jab at Pete Townshend, who worked spirituality into his songs.
  • This song was featured in a scene in the rockumentary The Kids Are Alright, which was about The Who. In the scene, John Entwistle uses gold records for skeet shooting. >>
    Suggestion credit:
    Jon - Tucson, AZ, for all above

Comments: 4

  • Charles from CanadaAxl Rose had revealed in a Rolling Stone interview that a very drunk John Entwistle admitted to him that they weren't his actual gold records that he shot up in The Kids Are Alright.

    "I'll let you in on a secret, mate... Those were old Connie Francis records I painted gold. I F--kin' stole 'em! I'm not gonna shoot up my own gold records, am I?"
  • Guy from Benson, NcThe records he shot were Roger's. LOL!!!
  • Ken from Oswego, IlThe reference to the preacher is regarding Little Richard who did leave R&R (in 1957) to preach then return to R&R ('62-63). Hence his conversion to the new religion.
  • Brian from Dennis, Mathis was the best scene in the kids are alright, i laughed hard when John shot up the record with the tommy gun
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