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""My Generation" is one of the big hits of the British rock band The Who in their start time. The song, written by songwriter-guitarist Pete Townshend, soon became their anthem and gives more or less how the British mods in that time: felt the old generation "just don't understand". Townshend reportedly wrote the song when he was sitting on the train. It is assumed, that he was inspired by the English Queen Mother, which Townshend's Packard hearse from 1935 left a vehicle towed by the street inBelgravia), because they are not at all enamored was out of sight during her daily ride through the neighborhood[1]. Furthermore, Townshend Mose Allisons Young Man Blues as a source of inspiration for the song. As he once said: "without Mose I had never written" My Generation. " [2]

"My Generation" , the hotbed of the rock-'n-roll boarded and grew into the most acclaimed, quoted and referenced number in that category. Partly for those reasons, the song was by the magazine Rolling Stone placed at number 11 on their list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time. Perhaps the text is the element that most tongues. The number indicates the positions of the youthful rebels good weather in the rock history. The so-called "attitude" of the song paved the way for a movement that now known as punk rock. The song is also sometimes considered the first punk rocknummer. One of the most cited and rewritten with permission-lyrics in rock history is "I hope I die before I get old" (I hope I die before I get old), which is well known by Roger Daltrey cried out.

Like the other mod-albums that The Who has written, let tag clearly the influences from the American R & B , with the main point the so-called "call and response"technique: there is something said, after which terugkerends something sings backing vocals. So sings Daltrey here a line and the background singers Townshend and Entwistle responderen the 'chorus"Talkin' ' bout my generation":

People try to put us down
(Talkin' ' bout my generation)
Just because we get around
(Talkin' ' bout my generation).

Another aspect of "My Generation" is Daltrey's style: he sings the song in a sort of angry and frustrated stutter. There are several stories about the reason for this stutter.One is that it began as a slowblues number, "talks"-without stutter, but after Townshend hit inspired by John Lee Hookers "stuttering Blues", he changed his song to in its current form. Another reason mentioned, is that Daltrey this way sounds like a British mod, which has taken only speed . Finally, still called-only less frequent-that the stutter in this way provides a safe way to get the word "fuck" in the lyrics to use in the meaning of: "Why don't you all f (u) ... f (you) ... fade away!" Nevertheless, producerShel Talmy called it a coincidence. The BBC refused at first to "My Generation" to broadcast, because they did not want to offend people, but stuttering reviewed their decision when it appeared that the song was a big hit (# 2 in the United Kingdom).

The musical input in the song clearly reflect the lyrics: fast, aggressive and rimmed with "attitude". In "My Generation" is one of the first basssolos (by John Entwistle) in rock history. The construction of the song consists of an explosive Keith Moon's drum session, after which the song breaks through with and empties into the somewhat sputtering Townshend's guitar work to weaken or clean, instead of ending up with the rather more obvious tonic.

The song was released as a single in november 1965 and was number # 2 in the United Kingdom and number # 74 in the United States. In Netherlands took out the plate the 5th place in the Top 40. [3]"My Generation" also appeared on The who's eponymous debut album ("My Generation" -or "The Who Sings My Generation" overseas) and in a prolonged execution on their live album "Live at Leeds" (1970).

On 4 May 2007, the song can be heard on Radio 2, on number 32 of the list of the hundred protest songs[4.

Radio 2 Top 2000[Edit][edit | edit source]

Number (s) with markings

in the Radio 2 Top 2000

' 99 ' 00 ' 01 ' 02 ' 03 ' 04 ' 05 ' 06 ' 07 ' 08 ' 09 ' 10 ' 11 ' 12 ' 13
My generation (the Who) 211 385 344 377 339 445 512 589 627 497 396 448 482 444 475
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