Friday, 13 July 2012
Her Man's Been Gone For Nigh On A Year
In 1967 The Rolling Stones held their Rock 'n' Roll circus, a gig in a big top. Due to poor planning or Mick's ego or Keith's drugs they rather foolishly they went on last, in the early hours of the morning when band and audience were tired, and gave a somewhat below par performance. By that time they'd also been blown away by The Who, who stole the show with a performance of Pete Townshend's mini-opera (it's not really an opera, it just has different sections and tells a story. Maybe it is an opera then) A Quick One. It is one heck of a performance.
The version below was taped for the Beeb and first broadcast on Top Gear in 1967. Not that Top Gear.
A Quick One (While He's Away) (BBC Session)
It occurs to me I've got a Billy Childish and The Buff Medways cover of A Quick One. The Who need seven or eight minutes for it. Typically Billy gets through it around three. I'll try to find it for you if you like.