Minimation: The Who Can’t Escape Their Fans

By Brian Ives 

On Minimation, we comb through the archives of legendary New York radio station WNEW-FM and animate interviews with legendary rock artists. This installment is taken from a 1979 interview with Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey of the Who. This Minimation was created for by Max Werkmeister.

Pete Townshend wrote the line, and Roger Daltrey sang it: “I can go anywhere for something new.” But in the ’70s, the members of the Who were having a hard time going anywhere without being recognized by their legion of fans.

Townshend’s own tale topped Daltrey’s: he went all the way to India. “It’s a different place, it’s a great place,” he said. “It’s as nice as the Long Island Sound, in it’s way!”

“And at least, at least I’m alone.” But not, as it turned out, unknown or unnoticed. After checking in to his hotel in Bombay, he tried to get some sleep.

“Some guy comes in and says, ‘Hello, are you not Peter Townshend? Peter Townshend of the Who?’

“‘Yes, I’m Peter Townshend of the Who…'”



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