By Leighton Ginn
One of the greatest guitarists in one of the greatest bands, here’s wishing Pete Townshend a very happy 71st birthday.
Townshend is still going strong with the remaining members of The Who, as they will perform in the most talked about concert of the year, maybe decade, maybe ever, the Desert Trip. Joining The Who on the three-day concert will be the Rolling Stones, Paul McCartney, Bob Dylan, Neil Young and Roger Waters.
So here are some of my favorites from Townshend’s time with The Who and his solo projects. It’s also the 100th blog of Ginn & Topics, and I there isn’t a more appropriate subject for No. 100.
This isn’t by any means a complete list, as I’m sure I’ll regret songs I left out after I post this.
LET MY LOVE OPEN THE DOOR
I’m a child of the 80s and this is a quintessential song for that era, as far as I’m concerned. This is also the signature song of Townshend’s solo work. It sets a high bar.
I’m just glad Townshend didn’t die before he got old.
YOU BETTER YOU BET
This is my favorite Who song, and I can’t stop singing it after listening to it, every time. I know it’s not considered one of their definitive hits, but I love it. You better, you better, you bet!
WHO ARE YOU
One of the great choruses in a song.
WON’T GET FOOLED AGAIN
This is more than the opening for a CSI: Miami, it’s one of the all-time great songs.
A great showcase for Townshend.
The iconic song you’ve heard all over the place. Considered one of the greatest and most influential songs, some have mistakenly called it “Teenage Wasteland.” It’s also associated with CSI: NY.