Skip to 11:02Posted: March 24, 2013
Last night we were out for dinner and I had a huge meal with desert and drinks and cheese and everything. I soporifically slumped onto the couch when we got home, and turned on the TV at this exact moment: Keith Moon throwing a drum, just as the good part of “A Quick One…” starts. It’s from The Rolling Stones Rock and Roll Circus, which is overall a dull production that exhibits a lot of the dumbest aesthetics of the 60s. But… this (make sure it starts at 11:02 to recreate my experience):
I never really listen to The Who… but this video is a fantastic reminder of what made the two interesting members of the band (Keith and Pete – see how John and Roger, both dressed head to toe in leather, are looking over to see what the real rock stars are doing) legends, and how if they had quietly retired in 1972 we would be none the poorer.
I get why the Stones and the Who and other aging rockers plodded (and plod) on, lazy and ruined by success. Who could resist? But look at them in 1968! Ignore the jumpy editing and look at Keith’s face while he plays! Pete windmilling for keeps (and still playing an SG)! It’s so easy to forget how phenomenal they were when our memories are crowded with the much, much, much, longer stretch of mediocrity to follow.
I will not make a parable out of this, but just point out that while thinking these thoughts I was reminded of this recent post over at DrugMonkey.