THE WHO - 'My Generation'/'Shout And Shimmy' (Brunswick 05944) Nov 1965
'My Generation' ensured The Who's immortality. The song is a very provocotive statement and explodes with fucked off teen rebellion. The sound is washed in distortion and feedback.
I've got a really great Who book called 'The Complete Chronicle of The Who 1958-1978' and it comes highly recommended. A funny story is retold confirming that just before the release of this 45, Roger Daltry had a punch up with Keith Moon after he flushed The Loons stash of drugs down the toilet. Daltry was then fired from the group but was re-instated weeks later after he meekly apologised
'My Generation' rose quickly up the charts, eventually reaching it's highest position of number 2.
I'll not post the hit side because if you don't know this song you shouldn't be on my blog. So, here's the flip 'Shout And Shimmy' which was written by James Brown and was indeed a single he released in 1962.
|Billboard advert 1965|