Sunday, September 15, 2013

"You Better You Bet" by The Who

Song#:  0539
Date:  03/21/1981
Debut:  63
Peak:  18
Weeks:  15
Genre:  Rock, Arena Rock

Pop Bits:  After The Who released their eighth successful studio album, 1978's "Who Are You," the group experienced some of their biggest tragedies. Drummer Keith Moon OD'd less than a month after the album's release and then the following year before a Cincinnati tour stop, eleven concertgoers died in a rush to get inside the arena for the non-reserved festival seating. Pete Townshend also released a solo album in 1980 that caused a minor scuffle with the group as he used songs the band wanted for their next album. But they didn't really need to worry as their next album, "Face Dances," reached #4 on the LP chart and this single became their seventh Top 20 entry (and the last single of theirs to do so).

ReduxReview:  In some ways this kind of plays like a sequel to Townshend's solo hit "Let My Love Open the Door." They sound a bit similar. But I'm not complaining. This is still a terrific song and has enough personality to stand out on its own. For me, this is the last great Who single.

ReduxRating:  8/10

Trivia:  The video for this song was the fourth one played the day MTV began broadcasting (8/1/81). It also was the 55th one played making it the first video that was repeated on the channel.


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