Tag: Pete Townshend

Thursday 9/22/22 11pm ET: Feature LP: Pete Townshend – White City: A Novel (1985)

White City: A Novel is the fourth solo studio album by English rock musician Pete Townshend, released on November 11, 1985 by Atco Records. Chris Thomas produced the album (who had also produced Townshend’s previous two albums, Empty Glass and All the Best Cowboys Have Chinese Eyes) and it was recorded by Bill Price at three separate recording studios in London, England, which were both of the Eel Pie studios, and A.I.R.

The album peaked at No. 70 on the UK Albums Chart, and at No. 26 on the US Billboard 200. The album also reached the Top 20 in five other countries, Australia, Germany, New Zealand, Sweden and Switzerland.

1. “Give Blood” 5:44
2. “Brilliant Blues” 3:06
3. “Face the Face” 5:51
4. “Hiding Out” 3:00
5. “Secondhand Love” 4:12
6. “Crashing by Design” 3:14
7. “I Am Secure” 4:00
8. “White City Fighting” 4:40
9. “Come to Mama” 4:40

Pete Townshend – vocals; guitar
John “Rabbit” Bundrick – keyboards
Tony Butler – bass guitar
Phil Chen – bass guitar
Chucho Merchan – bass guitar
Pino Palladino – bass guitar
Steve Barnacle – bass guitar
Mark Brzezicki – drums
Simon Phillips – drums
Clem Burke – drums
David Gilmour – guitar (tracks 1, 8)
Peter Hope-Evans – harmonica
Kick Horns: Simon Clarke, Roddy Lorimer, Tim Sanders, Peter Thoms
Ewan Stewart – voice (spoken word)
Emma Townshend – backing vocals
Jackie Challenor – backing vocals
Mae McKenna – backing vocals
Lorenza Johnson – backing vocals
Justine Frischmann – backing vocals on “Night School”

Thursday 7/14/22 10pm ET: Feature LP: Pete Townshend – All the Best Cowboys Have Chinese Eyes (1982)

All the Best Cowboys Have Chinese Eyes is the third solo studio album by English rock musician Pete Townshend, released June 14, 1982 by Atco Records. Chris Thomas produced the album (who had also produced Townshend’s previous album, Empty Glass) and it was recorded by Bill Price at three separate recording studios in London, England, which were Eel Pie, A.I.R. and Wessex. The album peaked at No. 32 on the UK Albums Chart, and at No. 26 on the US Billboard 200.

All the Best Cowboys Have Chinese Eyes contains some compositions that were salvaged from later albums by his band the Who, and was released just under three months before their album It’s Hard.

  1. “Stop Hurting People” 3:55
  2. “The Sea Refuses No River” 5:53
  3. “Prelude” 1:31
  4. “Face Dances, Pt. 2” 3:24
  5. “Exquisitely Bored” 3:41
  6. “Communication” 3:19
  7. “Stardom in Acton” 3:42
  8. “Uniforms (Corp d’Esprit)” 3:42
  9. “North Country Girl” 2:27
  10. “Somebody Saved Me” 4:51
  11. “Slit Skirts” 4:54

Pete Townshend – vocals; guitars; keyboards (Prophet 5–10 Synthesizer, Arp 2500 and Synclavier)
Virginia Astley – piano
Tony Butler – bass guitar
Peter Hope-Evans – harmonica
Mark Brzezicki – drums
Simon Phillips – drums
Jody Linscott – percussion
Chris Stainton – additional keyboards
Poli Palmer – tuned percussion
John Lewis – Fairlight CMI programming
Ann Odell – brass arrangement on “The Sea Refuses No River”

Thursday 5/19/22 10am ET: Feature Artist: Pete Townshend

Peter Dennis Blandford Townshend (born May 19, 1945) is an English musician, singer and songwriter. He is co-founder, leader, guitarist, secondary lead vocalist and principal songwriter of the Who, one of the most influential rock bands of the 1960s and 1970s.

Townshend has written more than 100 songs for 12 of the Who’s studio albums. These include concept albums, the rock operas Tommy and Quadrophenia, plus popular rock radio staples such as Who’s Next; as well as dozens more that appeared as non-album singles, bonus tracks on reissues, and tracks on rarities compilations such as Odds & Sods (1974). He has also written more than 100 songs that have appeared on his solo albums, as well as radio jingles and television theme songs.

As an instrumentalist, although known primarily as a guitarist, Townshend also plays keyboards, banjo, accordion, harmonica, ukulele, mandolin, violin, synthesizer, bass guitar, and drums. He is self-taught on all of these instruments. He plays on his own solo albums, several Who albums, and as a guest contributor to an array of other artists’ recordings.

Townshend has also contributed to and authored many newspaper and magazine articles, book reviews, essays, books, and scripts, and he has collaborated as a lyricist and composer for many other musical acts. Due to his aggressive playing style and innovative songwriting techniques, Townshend’s works with the Who and in other projects have earned him critical acclaim.

In 1983, Townshend received the Brit Award for Lifetime Achievement and in 1990 he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of the Who. Townshend was ranked No. 3 in Dave Marsh’s 1994 list of Best Guitarists in The New Book of Rock Lists. In 2001, he received a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award as a member of the Who; and in 2008 he received Kennedy Center Honors. He was ranked No. 10 in Gibson.com’s 2011 list of the top 50 guitarists, and No. 10 in Rolling Stone’s updated 2011 list of the 100 greatest guitarists of all time. He and Roger Daltrey received The George and Ira Gershwin Award for Lifetime Musical Achievement at UCLA on May 21, 2016.

Thursday 2/25/21 12am ET: Feature LP: Pete Townshend – Empty Glass (1980)

Empty Glass is the second solo studio album by English rock musician Pete Townshend, and his first composed of original material, released on April 21, 1980 by Atco Records.

The album deals with issues that Townshend was struggling with at the time, including alcoholism, drug abuse, marital problems and deceased friends, particularly Keith Moon, the Who’s former drummer, who died in 1978. Empty Glass also contained the devotional love song, “Let My Love Open the Door”, which became a Top 10 hit in the US, and the modestly successful singles “Rough Boys” and “A Little Is Enough”.

The album was rated No. 57 on Rolling Stone’s list of the 100 greatest of the 1980s. A Gibson poll rated it at No. 5 among “the greatest albums released by an artist who was previously in a successful band”.

1. “Rough Boys” 4:02
2. “I Am an Animal” 3:51
3. “And I Moved” 3:21
4. “Let My Love Open the Door” 2:44
5. “Jools and Jim” 2:36
6. “Keep on Working” 3:23
7. “Cat’s in the Cupboard” 3:34
8. “A Little Is Enough” 4:42
9. “Empty Glass” 5:25
10. “I’m Gonna Get Ya” 6:25

Pete Townshend – vocals; guitars; synthesizers
John “Rabbit” Bundrick – “straight” keyboards
Tony Butler – bass guitar (tracks 1, 2, 4, 5, 7, 8, 9, 10)
Simon Phillips – drums (tracks 2, 3, 4, 7, 9, 10)
James Asher – drums (tracks 5, 6)
Kenney Jones – drums (track 1)
Mark Brzezicki – drums (track 8)
Peter Hope-Evans – harmonica on (track 7)

Saturday 9/18/2020 1am ET: Feature LP: Pete Townshend – White City: A Novel (1985)

White City: A Novel is the fourth solo studio album by English rock musician Pete Townshend, released on November 11, 1985 by Atco Records. Chris Thomas produced the album (who had also produced Townshend’s previous two albums, Empty Glass and All the Best Cowboys Have Chinese Eyes) and it was recorded by Bill Price at three separate recording studios in London, England, which were both of the Eel Pie studios, and A.I.R.

The album peaked at No. 70 on the UK Albums Chart, and at No. 26 on the US Billboard 200. The album also reached the Top 20 in five other countries, Australia, Germany, New Zealand, Sweden and Switzerland.

1. “Give Blood” 5:44
2. “Brilliant Blues” 3:06
3. “Face the Face” 5:51
4. “Hiding Out” 3:00
5. “Secondhand Love” 4:12
6. “Crashing by Design” 3:14
7. “I Am Secure” 4:00
8. “White City Fighting” 4:40
9. “Come to Mama” 4:40

Pete Townshend – vocals; guitar
John “Rabbit” Bundrick – keyboards
Tony Butler – bass guitar
Phil Chen – bass guitar
Chucho Merchan – bass guitar
Pino Palladino – bass guitar
Steve Barnacle – bass guitar
Mark Brzezicki – drums
Simon Phillips – drums
Clem Burke – drums
David Gilmour – guitar (tracks 1, 8)
Peter Hope-Evans – harmonica
Kick Horns: Simon Clarke, Roddy Lorimer, Tim Sanders, Peter Thoms
Ewan Stewart – voice (spoken word)
Emma Townshend – backing vocals
Jackie Challenor – backing vocals
Mae McKenna – backing vocals
Lorenza Johnson – backing vocals
Justine Frischmann – backing vocals on “Night School”

Wednesday 7pm ET: Feature Artist – The Who

The Who are an English rock band formed in London in 1964. Their classic line-up consisted of lead singer Roger Daltrey, guitarist and singer Pete Townshend, bass guitarist John Entwistle and drummer Keith Moon. They are considered one of the most influential rock bands of the 20th century, selling over 100 million records worldwide.

The Who developed from an earlier group, the Detours, and established themselves as part of the pop art and mod movements, featuring auto-destructive art by destroying guitars and drums on stage. Their first single as the Who, “I Can’t Explain”, reached the UK top ten, and was followed by a string of singles including “My Generation”, “Substitute” and “Happy Jack”. In 1967, they performed at the Monterey Pop Festival and released the US top ten single “I Can See for Miles”, while touring extensively. The group’s fourth album, 1969’s rock opera Tommy, included the single “Pinball Wizard” and was a critical and commercial success. Live appearances at Woodstock and the Isle of Wight Festival, along with the live album Live at Leeds, cemented their reputation as a respected rock act. With their success came increased pressure on lead songwriter Townshend, and the follow-up to Tommy, Lifehouse, was abandoned. Songs from the project made up 1971’s Who’s Next, which included the hit “Won’t Get Fooled Again”. The group released the album Quadrophenia in 1973 as a celebration of their mod roots, and oversaw the film adaptation of Tommy in 1975. They continued to tour to large audiences before semi-retiring from live performances at the end of 1976. The release of Who Are You in 1978 was overshadowed by the death of Moon shortly after.

Kenney Jones replaced Moon and the group resumed activity, releasing a film adaptation of Quadrophenia and the retrospective documentary The Kids Are Alright. After Townshend became weary of touring, the group split in 1983. The Who occasionally re-formed for live appearances such as Live Aid in 1985, a 25th anniversary tour in 1989 and a tour of Quadrophenia in 1996–1997. They resumed regular touring in 1999, with drummer Zak Starkey. After Entwistle’s death in 2002, plans for a new album were delayed. Townshend and Daltrey continued as the Who, releasing Endless Wire in 2006, and continue to play live regularly, with Starkey, bassists Pino Palladino (2006–2017) and Jon Button (2017–present), and guitarist Simon Townshend (Pete’s brother) serving as touring players. A tour with a complete symphony orchestra, along with a twelfth studio album, are both scheduled for 2019.

The Who’s major contributions to rock music include the development of the Marshall stack, large PA systems, use of the synthesizer, Entwistle and Moon’s lead playing styles, Townshend’s feedback and power chord guitar technique, and the development of the rock opera. They are cited as an influence by hard rock, punk rock and mod bands, and their songs still receive regular exposure.  (Rev 4.0)