Monday, January 14, 2013

"Let My Love Open the Door" by Pete Townshend

Top 10 Alert!
Song#:  0215
Date:  06/14/1980
Debut:  69
Peak:  9
Weeks:  19
Genre:  Rock, Pop



Pop Bits:  Although Townshend already had two albums released that were credited to him (one a demos and oddities album and the other a collaboration with Ronnie Lane), "Empty Glass" is considered the first real solo album by lead guitarist/songwriter of The Who. This lead single was a chart hit and, like may Who songs, has become a rock radio staple.

ReduxReview:  Townshend was quoted in an interview saying this song is "just a ditty." I'd agree. When put up against some of the meaty songs he wrote for The Who, it does seem like a pop confection. Regardless, it is a really good one. I remember when it came out that I had no idea it was Townshend or anyone related to The Who. I thought it was some new pop guy. But really, after writing rock operas and massive rock classics, why not write a catchy pop tune?

ReduxRating:  8/10

Trivia:  Two musicians on this album and song, bassist Tony Butler and drummer Mark Brzezicki, would go on to have a big hit themselves as members of the group Big Country.

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