By Jess Samson
August 14th, 1971 marked the release of the fifth studio album of The Who. The English rock band claimed their fame during the British invasion of the 1960s. While most of these bands eventually broke up or just died out, The Who have prevailed with their signature strong guitar riffs and remarkable drum beats that have made the band legendary.
“Who’s Next” was brilliantly performed and produced to a tee. One of the greatest guitarists of all time, Pete Townsend, intended the album to be a sequel to the group’s rock opera Tommy. The failed rock opera ended up as an exciting piece of rock and roll music that changed the way we listen to rock today.
Originally holding only nine tracks, every song on Who’s Next is a masterpiece itself. Two of the most beloved classic Who tracks open and close the record. “Baba O’Riley”, opens the album with the band’s first use of synthesizers. “Teenage Wasteland“, refers to the drugged out teenagers that defiled Woodstock. The Who decided to end the album with a call-to-action with “Won’t Get Fooled Again”. It was a statement that we are ready and we will fight when the time comes to preserve our freedom, and the song became almost a theme for the people at home during the Vietnam War. These two songs are considered the songs that shaped all of rock and roll.
The song that sticks out the most from the Who’s Next album is the song that starts the B-Side, titled”Getting In Tune”. Beautiful piano chords begins the song with the heavy passion of Roger Daltrey’s voice singing, “I’m singing this note ’cause it fits in well with the chords I’m playing/I can’t pretend there’s any meaning here or in the things I’m saying/But I’m in tune“. This song is about the rocky balance of being a rock star and dealing with the absence of spirituality. The dynamics of the song is where it gets the most praise. The song alternates between passionate heart-felt emotions with power rock that takes you on a roller-coaster ride.
Every song on this album is genius. It’s one of the most important pieces of rock and roll, even by today’s standard. If someone were to ask “what albums would you take if you were on a desert island?” Fan or no fan, Who’s Next should and would have to be one of them.
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Each fall, Columbia College Chicago students enrolled in the Radio Department’s Covering International Festivals: Iceland course travel to Iceland to cover Iceland Airwaves Music Festival and Icelandic culture. Tune in for a preview of this year’s fest.
With our trip to Iceland Airwaves right around the corner, we’ll be broadcasting all of our pre-stories Live on October 27! Listen as we discuss everything from the Icelandic language to the imminent eruption of Bárðarbunga. Plus, we’ll be covering some of the hottest bands playing at this year’s Airwaves including Mammút, Leaves, Just Another Snake Cult, Cell7 and much, much more! Don’t forget to tune into WCRX 88.1 FM or WCRXFM.com this Monday, October 27 beginning at 7 p.m. CT, and follow our daily blog for live reviews, stories, interviews and more while we’re in Iceland Nov. 5-11.
You can also catch the rebroadcast of the preview show on Saturday, Nov. 1 at 2 p.m. CT.
By Joseph George
The Chicago Cubs made great strides this year with a record of 73-89. With that improvement came the arrival of some big name prospects. Jorge Soler, Javy Baez and Arismendy Alcantara all joined the North Siders in 2014 and the Cubs are still loaded with prospects Kris Bryant, Kyle Schwarber, Albert Almora, Addison Russell and Billy Mckinney. Unfortunately it’s impossible for the north siders to carry all of these prospects on one roster. Eventually, some of these prospects will be traded away.
In my opinion, the players that should pack their bags are outfielder Albert Almora and infielder Arismendy Alcantara. Speaking of players packing their bags, Bleachernation recently reported that the Cubs are looking to move shortstop Starlin Castro. That is a terrible idea! Castro is on pace to be a Hall of Famer. In fact, he already has 847 hits in his first five seasons and to put things into perspective Pete Rose had 899 hits in his first five seasons. Castro should be moved to third base following in the footsteps of great shortstops turned third basemen like Cal Ripken, Jr. and Alex Rodriguez. His moving to third would leave
the shortstop position open for top prospect Addison Russell. Current third baseman Kris Bryant would then become the starting left fielder. Bryant hit 43 home runs in the minors this year and provides pure power from the corner outfield spot. This brings us back to Almora and Alcantara. Both have tremendous potential but somebody has to go. Every MLB team could use a guy like Arismendy Alcantara as a starter or super utility man because he can play both the infield and the outfield. Albert Almora is one of those guys that will get traded with regret at a later date when he starts to perform for another team. Unfortunately, the Cubs don’t have room for him even though he has much more ability than Billy McKinney. Eventually Almora will probably be packaged for a top pitcher. He did have a terrible 2014 hitting a bleak .234 but he is still one of baseball’s top prospects. With a trade package of Almora and Alcantara, the Cubs would be in perfect contention to trade for a top 5 pitcher and continue on the road to consistency on the north side.
Joseph George hosts “The Locker Room” along side Miguel Flores and Shane Riordan every Wednesday 7p-9p CT on WCRXFM.COM and 88.1FM and the tune in app (search WCRX).