Sunday, December 8, 2013

"Don't Let Go the Coat" by The Who

Song#:  0649
Date:  06/27/1981
Debut:  87
Peak:  84
Weeks:  4
Genre:  Rock

Pop Bits:  The Who reached the Top 20 for the last time (and the UK Top 10) with "You Better You Bet" (#18) from their album "Face Dances." This follow-up single couldn't come close to that peak and faded quickly from the chart. The song is interpreted by some to be about the teachings of Meher Baba, the Indian spiritual master, whom Pete Townshend followed. Townshend wrote several pieces with Baba in mind and even one of The Who's most famous songs was partially inspired by him - "Baba O'Riley."

ReduxReview:  After the exciting "You Better You Bet," this is kind of a let-down. It's very laid back and just seems too subtle for radio. And it seems like Daltrey's voice is too big for this little ditty. Especially by the end it seems he just wants to rip it up, but then realizes it's not that kind of song. I wouldn't count this among The Who's best at all.

ReduxRating:  4/10

Trivia:  The album "Face Dances" was The Who's first without drummer Keith Moon, who had died of an overdose three years earlier. Small Faces/Faces drummer Kenney Jones took over the spot and recorded this album with the group.


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