Tom Fency tomfency at
Mon Jun 7 11:56:51 CDT 2004

What I am trying to say is that The Who is much more than a simple rock 
band. It's too much, it's a magic bus (another synchrony?!). Pete has said 
in an interview that The Who evolve from ridiculous to sublime in a flash 
(or something like that) and I think that quote resumes the whole thing. 
>From a group of art-rock launched singles one after one with themes like 
confusion, inarticulateness, onanism, rebellion, creepy-crawlies, 
generational anger, enforced androgyny (I Can't Explain, The Kids Are 
Alright, My Generation, I'm a Boy, Pictures of Lilly, Anyway anyhow 
anywhere, Boris The Spider, The Magic Bus, Substitute, Happy Jack, I Can See 
For Miles) to a supergroup of arena-rock, yelling to the masses in a 
collective search for enlightenment, The Who became greater than themselves. 
They became legendary. Tommy were the mutation point. They were transformed 
by the blind, deaf and dumb kid and his unexpected success. Tommy has many 
synchronies with his creator (PT and The Who). How could be that ridiculous 
boy can turn in a kind of Messiah by his mastership with pinball? How could 
be that ridiculous band can turn in a kind of Messiah by his mastership with 
rock'n'roll? But it does, and that is the grace underneath the joke. The Who 
is, afterall, God's tool, but not a God of anger and vengeance, but One of 
laugh and joy. And our relationship with God is always personal, what means 
that only you can answer your own questions, if you like do that. Or not. 
It's all about you. To invent, imagine, dream, pray, deny, dance, drink beer 
or meet friends at concert, it's all about you and your own taste and 


>From: "L. Bird" <pkeets at>
>Reply-To: The Who Mailing List <thewho at>
>To: thewho at
>Subject: RE: Synchronicity
>Date: Mon, 07 Jun 2004 04:12:44 +0000
>>I don't know, but my relationship with The Who is very strange. I wonder
>sometimes why I like that sound too much, like an addicted and his strong
>vice. How many versions of Magic Bus and Won't Get Fooled Again I collected
>and heard zillion times? How can it be like that? Am I some kind of crazy
>demented? The sound caught you and you can escape no more, like a spell. Or
>a curse. If I am now like a seeker, if I think about God all the time, and
>read as many books I can get, all about spirituality, what part of that is
>related with The Who? If I am now waiting for a time change, a new Aquarian
>age, new foundations for the awakening of a decadent humanity, what is
>because of my favorite rock band? Well, I can tell only from myself, in a
>particular and personal point of view, but the answer is that all in my 
>is related to The Who. And you, keets, what you can tell about it?
>I'm afraid I don't understand the question this time, Tom.  About what?
>We can discuss The Who's message, which (as I've said) seems to touch the 
>fans on that archetypal level.  We can talk about the elements of addiction 
>a la "The True Believer."  We can talk about the spiritual insights that 
>some fans take away from the music.  I don't really think any Who fans are 
>really expecting Pete to usher them into the Age of Aquarius--The Who never 
>quite subscribed to that philosophy, though Pete had his own brand of 
>Are you asking me about my personal reactions to The Who and what I'm doing 
>here?  That's a complex issue, as it must be for everyone.  I post about it 
>all the time, though I'm not going to put it all in one place for people to 
>read.  Not only would it be tough to condense, but I think it would be too 
>revealing of me.  ;)
>Or, are you just asking if I can answer my own questions?
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