I was a true blue Who fan in the years before punk broke stateside. The dangers associated with Pete, Keith and John Entwistle and the music they made were the draw for me. Daltrey always reminded me a bit too much of my brother, the golden boy. Therefore I was inclined to idolize the weirdoes of the band. And Entwistle was the sly hero just in the wings working the bass guitar like nobody before or since. He was known as "The Ox" because of his strong constitution—his seeming ability to eat, drink or do more than the rest of them. The prototype of our beloved BlackoutMan.
This video showcases one of the weirdest things you are likely to see outside of a recording studio. It features John and his bass from a live performance of Won't Get Fooled Again. Because the only audio feed to the camera is from John's bass its like your own private lesson. The other members of the band flit by occassionally but the Ox is unfazed. It takes a while to get going but the ethereal audio and casually crazed finger work is completely mesmerizing. The Who is definitely alright.
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*For an incredible account of Keith Moon's life head over to the Selvedge Yard.