Again and again, the persona is that of the cripple, the victim of disaster, but Who Are You is not the work of cripples, no matter how many breakdowns and bottles the Who have left on their fourteen-year-old trail. Certainly, the album kicks in slowly. The drive we expect from the Who is replaced by chunky, sometimes clunky orchestration: strings, horns, synthesizer music.
The album received mixed reviews from critics, though it was a commercial success, peaking at number 2 on the US charts and number 6 on the UK charts. Who Are You was the Who's last album to feature Keith Moon as their drummer, who died three weeks after it was released. The ironic nature of the text "Not to Be Taken Away" that was stencilled on Moon's chair on the album cover was noted by some critics. Who Are You was recorded at the time when punk rock became highly popular. However, this was not reflected in the album's music, which incorporates elements of progressive rock and, according to biographer Tony Fletcher , it was produced in such a way as to appeal to commercial rock radio at the time.
It was written by Pete Townshend and released as a double-A sided single with the John Entwistle composition " Had Enough ", also featured on the album. The song was one of the band's biggest hits in North America, peaking at number 7 in Canada and at number 14 in the US, and has become one of the band's signature tunes at their live shows. The piano on the track is played by Rod Argent. The lyrics of "Who Are You" were inspired by an incident Townshend experienced. After going out drinking with Steve Jones and Paul Cook of the Sex Pistols , Townshend was found in a " Soho doorway" by a policeman, who let him go if he could safely walk away. In one sense the song is more about the demands of new friendship than blood-letting challenge. Roger's aggressive reading of my nihilistic lyric redirected its function by the simple act of singing "Who the fuck are you We socialized a few times. Got drunk well, I did and I have to say to their credit, for a couple of figurehead anarchists, they seemed sincerely concerned about my decaying condition at the time. However, as explained by Townshend in his autobiography Who I Am , the last verse is about an early incident, that happened on the last North American leg of the tour : the day before the first concert in Charlotte, North Carolina , Townshend took the opportunity to visit the Meher Spiritual Center —a retreat owned by his guru Meher Baba —in nearby Myrtle Beach.
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