The Who Re-Viewed Part 10
THE SONG’S NOT OVER
The addiction remains as it was: I indulge only when the temptation is too great, and I’m surprised I still enjoy the high. I’m thrilled that The Who have maintained onstage relevance and that Endless Wire warranted the potentially calamitous effort. Of course I can live without it, given that I listen to more new and often experimental music than I do so-called classic rock.
But still, on the drive home from Bridgeport, I was playing The Who of old, ‘The Song Is Over,’ a Who’s Next number I remember first hearing on my older friends’ record players back in the earlier 1970s and which, like the rest of that album, has never truly dated. And as I turned up the chorus, a single repeated sound from the top end of the piano, amplified by the car’s acoustics, started reverberating around the vehicle. I guess it had always been there, but I’d never heard it before. It was a new note. And it kept me company the whole way home.