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Album cover parody of Who's Next [LP][Remastered] by Who
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Possible Misspelled Names:

These are the alternate spellings of the performer's name we've had to correct in submissions to amIright.

The Who ('Tommy'), The Who (Soundtrack from 'Tommy'), The Who/Eddie Cochran, The Who (as The High Numbers)

Quotes:

I can't stand rap.... people who can't sing do rap.... you can sing rebellion as well as talk it.... Hitler would have been in a rap band...
- John Entwistle - bass player

Submitted by: LucidLupin
Rock and roll never stood for inspectin' an disectin', cause it don't hold up. So shut up!
- Roger Daltrey
Submitted by: LucidLupin
There are additional music quotes available.

Jokes:

I asked Pete Townshend from The Who to have a look at my broken telescope, and I must say, his results were excellent! I can see for miles and miles and miles and miles...!!!
Submitted by: Robert D. Arndt Jr.
Q: Why did the Who buy an inn? A: Because they sold "out".
Submitted by: Thomas
There are additional music jokes available.

Band Name Origins:

  • They used to call themselves "The High Numbers". When they turned up for a gig one night, the pub manager said, "What d'yer call yerselves?" Pete Townshend told him, "The High Numbers", to which the manager replied, "The "who"?!" They were "The Who" from that day to this. Submitted by: Nick Bond
  • The Who started out as the detours, and in 1964 discovered a rival band had the same name as them, so they came up with the name the who which the band members liked. Submitted by: big nige

Stupid Band Names:

  • I can picture someone asking another person "What is your favourite band?". The other person says "The Who", and then other one says "The Who?" and it goes on and on... Submitted by: Maggie Olsen
  • Even though this band has stood the test of time, its name can still cause a bit of confusion, especially if you don't use 'The' at the beginning. Submitted by: Cassandra
  • Did an owl think up that name or something? Submitted by: BB Krak
  • Stupid people think it's funny, when they hear the band name, to repeat, "The WHO?" hahaha... Submitted by: Mason Perez

Music Performer Nicknames:

Known informally as: The Loudest Rock Band in the World. Submitted by: Robert D. Arndt Jr.

Vainity Songs:

Song Name
Comments & Submitter Name
"Who Are You"Who are we? We're the Who, that's who! - crazydon

Former Career:

Name
New Career
Comments & Submitter Name
"Roger Daltrey""Steelworker"He does have an iron set of lungs ; ) - Teenage Wastelander

Song Titles Not Used as Lyrics:

Song Name
Comments & Submitter Name
"Won't get fooled again"The words 'don't get fooled again' are used several times, but the word 'won't' is never used. - Robin Doudna
"Postcard"We're having a lovely time, wish you were here - Alan of Seville
"Baba O'Riley"Everyone knows this song for it's famous lyrics "Teenage Wasteland", and by all means, that should be it's name, but the author, Pete Townshend, named it for two of his role models - Baba Maher and Terry Riley. - Jack-O
"Baba O'Reilly"Until I was corrected by a classmate, I always thought it was called "Teenage Wasteland" - Albert Stadt
"Baba O'Riley"Known as "Teenage Wasteland" because that is the most-repeated line in the song. - crazydon

New Band Names:

New Name
Why It's Better
Submitter Name
The Who What Where When WhyNow we can use all the 5 W's!Paul Warren

New Song Names:

Original Song Name
New Song Name
Submitter Name
"Vioxx""Squeeze Box"Rock Maninoff
"My Medication""My Generation"Mickey D.
"My Regeneration (Doctor Who's song)""My Generation"pickle
"Don't Screw Up (The CSI Song)""Who Are You?"britrock
"Blackhawks""Squeeze Box"Dantana

There are additional new song names available.

Literally Impossible Song Titles:

Song/Performer
Comment
Submitter Name
"The Acid Queen,"No queen rules over acid.Opie M.
"I Can See For Miles,"Nobody can see THAT far!Isac
"Magic Bus,"No vehicle is truly magic.Alex
"Long Live Rock,"Rocks aren't alive, long or shortly.Peter
"I Am The Sea,"Self-explanatory.Noskcaj

There are additional literally impossible song titles available.

Use a Song Title to Answer a Different Song:

Song & Band Name
Song & Band Name
"Complicated," Avril Lavigne"I Can't Explain," The Who
"Foolin'," Def Leppard"Won't Get Fooled Again," The Who
"Question," The Moody Blues"Who Are You?," The Who
"Don't Forget To Remember Me," Carrie Underwood "Who Are You?," The Who
There are additional songs titles that answer other songs available.

Remove a Letter From a Song Title:

"Going Mobil" originally "Going Mobile"
As in the service station Mobil
Isac
"Rely" originally "Relay"
Serafina
"Shut And Shimmy" originally "Shout And Shimmy"
Yvette Bristle
"The Kids Are Alight" originally "The Kids Are Alright"
George
"Squeeze Ox" originally "Squeeze Box"
Cape Canaveral Lavigne

There are additional song titles with a letter removed available.

Add a Letter to a Song Title:

"Shad Enough" originally "Had Enough"
Candy Welty
"It Can See For Miles" originally "I Can See For Miles"
Yvette Bristle
"Replay" originally "Relay"
Serafina
"Magic Buns" originally "Magic Bus"
Cassandra
"Did You Steal My Monkey" originally "Did You Steal My Money"
Sutch

There are additional song titles with a letter added available.

Change a Letter:

"Hid Enough" originally "Had Enough"
Candy Welty
"Mad Enough" originally "Had Enough"
Candy Welty
"Sad Enough" originally "Had Enough"
Candy Welty
"I Can See For Files" originally "I Can See For Miles"
Yvette Bristle
"I Can See For Piles" originally "I Can See For Miles"
Yvette Bristle

There are additional song titles with a letter changed available.

Recordings:

May 30
a parody of "Behind Blue Eyes" by The Who
Rex Ungericht's Who parody was a lyrical hit, now it comes to life as an AmIRight All Stars Classic as well.
soundclick: (mp3)
Mar 12
a parody of "Pinball Wizard" by The Who
Smoking just ain't cool anymore...
YouTube: (Video)

Song Parody Lyrics:

Original Song Name
Parody Song Name
Parody Author
"Happy Jack""Hack Attack"John A. Barry
"Happy Jack""Anti-Vax (Shamelot Version)"John A. Barry
"Happy Jack""Anti-Vax"John A. Barry
"The Seeker""Quivira"John A. Barry
"Won't Get Fooled Again""Overruled Again"the_conqueror_of_parodies
"Pinball Wizard""Pub Crawl Wizard"the_conqueror_of_parodies
"My Generation""My Regeneration"Susanna Viljanen
"Athena""IKEA"Jonathan Caws-Elwitt
"My Generation""Guy’s Hibernation"John A. Barry
"My Generation""Degeneration"John A. Barry

There are additional Who song parodies available.

Songs for Commercials, That Haven't Been Done Yet:

Song Name
Product
Submittor
Fiddle AboutAny documentary about Jimmy Savilepickle
WHO ARE YOUCIAALICIA
Eyesight to the BlindLaser Eye Surgery CenterSarah
Magic BusMagic School Bus (show)Metallicker
Helpless DancerDancing ClassesThe Deke
There are additional commercials that haven't been done yet available.

Bad Choices for On Hold Music:

Song Name
Company/Organization
Submittor
However Much I BoozeAlcoholics Anonymouscarly_carlz
Happy JackDepression Hotlinecarly_carlz
Who Are YouJason Bourne's Answer Machinecarly_carlz
Trick of the LightProstitutecarly_carlz
BargainNordstromcarly_carlz
There are additional on hold music ideas available.

Songs for Duets, That Haven't Been Done Yet:

First Band/Song Name
Second Band/Song Name
New Song Name
Submittor
Don't Know Why
   Norah Jones
I Can't Explain
   The Who
Don't Know Why I Can't Explain
Serafina
1921
   The Who
905
   The Who
2826
Another combo of same-artist numeric song titles.
Peggy Dishwasher
Living In A Box
   Living In A Box
Squeeze Box
   The Who
Living In A Squeeze Box
A tight squeeze!
Alicia Sturdivant
Cool Kids
   Echosmith
The Kids Are Alright
   The Who
Cool Kids Are Alright
John
There are additional duets that haven't been done yet available.

If Groups Combined, Their Names Might Be:

Dr. Who
Dr. Hook combined with The Who
The Doctor regenerates into a rock star.
Submitted By: Brian Kelly
The Wonder Who Band
The Wonder Band combined with The Who
Submitted By: Candy Welty
Guess Who's Who
The Guess Who combined with The Who
They all look the same!
Submitted By: B.C.
The Who Store
The Who combined with The Why Store
Submitted By: Sutch

There are additional Who Combined Groups that haven't been done yet available.

Misheard Lyrics:

"Baba O'Riley"
Misheard Lyrics:
Out here in the fields, I found where Bob kneels
Original Lyrics:
Out here in the fields I fight for my meals
"Baba O'Riley"
Misheard Lyrics:
Penis wasted
Original Lyrics:
Teenage wasteland
"Who Are You"
Misheard Lyrics:
I spit out like a sewer hose
Original Lyrics:
I spit out like a sewer hole
"Who Are You"
Misheard Lyrics:
I took the toothpick out of town
Original Lyrics:
I took the tube back out of town
There are additional misheard lyrics available.

Misheard Lyrics Stories:

"Baba O'Riley"
Misheard Lyrics:
Out here in the fields, I found where Bob kneels
Original Lyrics:
Out here in the fields I fight for my meals

Story about this misheard lyric by: Andy Byers

I was getting a lift home from college by a friend and the song came on the radio. Somehow the "strange" lyric came up, which I suggested sounded like someone named Bob was being forced to give oral sex to make ends meet (no pun intended). My buddy laughed his head off and corrected me. I was SO embarrassed.

There are additional misheard stories available.

Song Parody Fragments:

"You Better, You Bet"
Better Lyrics:
I lay on the bed with you

We could make some, put on CDs

Your dog keeps picking my nose

And chewing up those letters that say, "You better!"
Original Lyrics:
I lay on the bed with you

We could make some, put on records

Your dog keeps licking my nose

And chewing up those letters that say, "You better!"
Submitted by: Face Dancer Extraordinaire
"Overture/It's a Boy!"
Better Lyrics:
It's a boy! Katie Middleton, it's a boy!

It's a boy! Katie Middleton, it's a boy!

A son! A son! A son!
Original Lyrics:
It's a boy! Mrs. Walker, it's a boy!

It's a boy! Mrs. Walker, it's a boy!

A son! A son! A son!
Submitted by: Mickey D.
"Pinball Wizard"
Better Lyrics:
that manic depressed kid

sure plays a mean pinball
Original Lyrics:
that deaf, dumb and blind kid

sure plays a mean pinball
Submitted by: Bipolar Jack
There are additional parody fragments available.

Funniest Song Lyrics:

"My Generation"
The Funny Lyrics:
People try to put us d-d-down
Why They're Funny:
Does the singer have a stuttering problem or what??
Submitted by: Buzzy
"Pinball Wizard"
The Funny Lyrics:
He ain't got no distractions; Can't hear those buzzers and bells.
Don't see no lights a-flashin', Plays be sense of smell.
Always gets a replay, Never seen him fall,
That deaf, dumb and blind kid
Sure plays a mean pinball!
Why They're Funny:
It's about about a deaf, dumb, and blind kid who's amazingly good at pinball. Well, *I* thought it was funny.
Submitted by: Princess Ana
There are additional Funny lyrics available.

Repetitive Song Lyrics:

"Baba O'Riley"
The Repetitive Lyrics:
Teenage wasteland.
Why They're Repetitive:
Because everyone thinks "Teenage Wasteland" is the name of the song.
Submitted by: Phillip "Screw" Driver
"Eminence Front"
The Repetitive Lyrics:
Eminence front
Eminence front
It's a put on
Come and join the party dressed to kill.
Why They're Repetitive:
Kill who? Myself?
Submitted by: (Not Yet) Pope John Paul III
There are additional repetitive lyrics available.

Nonsensical Song Lyrics:

"Won't Get Fooled Again"
The Nonsensical Lyrics:
Meet the new boss, same as the old boss
Why They're Nonsensical:
If he's the same as the old boss, then he's not new. Perhaps this line is supposed to mean that the new boss has a demeanor similar to that of the old boss?
Submitted by: Erin
"Bargain"
The Nonsensical Lyrics:
1 and 1 don't make 2, 1 and 1 make 1
Why They're Nonsensical:
I know you don't need an education to be a rock star, but you figure Townshend would have at least passed Kindergarden math...
Submitted by: Mr. Critic
There are additional nonsensical lyrics available.

Insincere Song Lyrics:

"My Generation"
The Insincere Lyrics:
I hope I'll die before I get old
Why They're Insincere:
Neither Roger D nor Pete T did.
Submitted by: webgnome
 

Misrhymed Song Lyrics:

"Substitute"
The Misrhymed Lyrics:
You for my mum, at least I'll get my washin' done
Why They're Misrhymed:
Jenny K, sorry but you're wrong. No one in Britain says 'mom' - it's 'mum'. [Ed's note : Australia also! But it still doesn't 'exactly' rhyme hey?]
Submitted by: Annie C.
"Sally Simpson"
The Misrhymed Lyrics:
Soon the atmosphere was cooler and Tommy gave a lesson
Sally just had to let him know she loved him
And leapt up on the rostrum
Why They're Misrhymed:
I love the album and the song, but Pete, the words 'lesson' and 'rostrum' just do not rhyme!
Submitted by: Quentin Opping
There are additional misrhymed lyrics available.

Insulting Song Lyrics:

"Real Good Looking Boy"
The Insulting Lyrics:
She said, "Son, well you know
You're an ugly boy"
Why They're Insulting:
Way to rub it in! Driving up the insulting factor is the fact that "she" refers to the narrator's mother.
Submitted by: cammy
 

Dated Song Lyrics:

"Magic Bus"
The Dated Lyrics:
Thruppence and a sixpence every day
Just to drive to my baby
Why They're Dated:
The threepence and sixpence denominations became obsolete when the UK went decimal on 15 Feb 1971. The cost of riding a bus in the UK has changed since 1968.
Submitted by: Stu in Pittsburgh
"1921"
The Dated Lyrics:
I think '21 is going to be a good year
especially if you and me see it in together
Why They're Dated:
While the Tommy album was recorded in , the story takes place in the 1920s. In this song, the characters are looking forward to the begining of the year 1921.
Submitted by: Garnet

Dirty Song Lyrics:

"Dreaming from the Waist"
The Dirty Lyrics:
I'm dreaming from the waist on down.
Why They're Dirty:
Pete Townshend musta wrote this when he was super-horny.
Submitted by: carly_carlz
"You Better You Bet"
The Dirty Lyrics:
You welcome me with open arms
and open legs
Why They're Dirty:
Do I really need an explanation?
Submitted by: carly_carlz
There are additional dirty lyrics available.

Song Lyrics That Name Check Celebrities:

"You Better You Bet"
The Lyrics:
I got your body
right now on my mind
and I drunk myself blind
to the sound of old T-Rex
To the sound of old T-Rex
Who They Mention:
T-Rex
Submitted by: britrock
"The Seeker"
The Lyrics:
I asked Bobby Dylan, I asked The Beatles
I asked Timothy Leary, but he couldn't help me, either
Who They Mention:
Bob Dylan, The Beatles, Timothy Leary
Submitted by: Timothy

Song Lyrics That Mention Brand Name Products:

"Doctor Jimmy"
The Lyrics:
Messed up my Levi's.
Product Brand Name:
Levi's (brand of jeans)
Submitted by: RevengeFromMars YouTube
"Pinball Wizard"
The Lyrics:
I thought I was The Bally table king
Product Brand Name:
Bally (previous maker of pinball machines)
Submitted by: RevengeFromMars YouTube
There are additional product lyrics available.

Songs That Open With Their Titles:

"Sea And Sand"
Opening Lines:
Here by the sea and sand
Comments:
From their album "Quadrophenia"
Submitted by: RevengeFromMars YouTube
"New Song"
Opening Lines:
You need a new song
Comments:
From their album "Who Are You"
Submitted by: RevengeFromMars YouTube
There are additional spelling lyrics available.

Scary Song Lyrics:

"Bargain"
The Lyrics:
I'd pay any price just to get you
I'd work all my life and I will
To win you I'd stand naked, stoned and stabbed
Why:
The last line of the lyric. Pete Townshend would obviously do anything for his girl. But why go that far?
Submitted by: carly_carlz
 

Song Title Space Change:

"I Can Tex Plain" originally "I Can't Explain"
As compared to those who drive funny.
Submitted by: Peter
"Join To Get Her" originally "Join Together"
Submitted by: Yvette Bristle
"Won't Get Fool Ed Again" originally "Won't Get Fooled Again"
Especially after he was made blind by Manfred Mann
Submitted by: Peter

Band Name Anagrams:

Whet Ho Submitted by: Terror Reid
Who The? Submitted by: Dr Sanguivore
It is often the startingly simple things that are
The How Submitted by: Allison
Hew Hot Submitted by: Drew Scarymore
Makes the most sense of any anagram of their name.

Song Title Anagrams:

"Any More Tinge?" originally "My Generation"
Submitted by: Jerry
"How Are You?" originally "Who Are You?"
An obvious one!
Submitted by: Alexis
"A Tan, Eh?" originally "Athena"
Submitted by: Alyssa Jayne
"At A Hen" originally "Athena"
Submitted by: Alyssa Jayne
"Eat? Nah!" originally "Athena"
Submitted by: Alyssa Jayne

There are additional Song Title Anagrams available.

Songs That Are Banned:

"Who Are You?"
In the original studio version, the question "Who are you?" is asked on two occasions as "Who the f**k are you?"
Submitted by: Bob
"My Generation"
The BBC refused to play the song at first because they did not want to offend people with stutters.
Submitted by: dxman
"I Can See For Miles"
Another classic from the Summer of Love. Authorities thought the titular lyric was psychedelic. If these pin heads had even bothered to listen to the entire song, they would have heard that the singer is aware of his sex partner's infidelities while he was out of town.
Submitted by: Royal Pfizbin
"Pictures Of Lily"
In 1965, many radio stations refused to play the tune because it has a reference to masturbation.
Submitted by: Peter

Super Long Pop Songs:

"Who Are You?" Length: 6:16 (album version)
Most of the song is the chorus of "Who are, who are, who are?"
Submitted by: British Bullcrap
"Won't Get Fooled Again" Length: 8:33
The song is from their fifth studio album, Who's Next.
Submitted by: Red Alien
"Won't Get Fooled Again" Length: 8:32
Submitted by: Jake

Super Short Pop Songs:

"Miracle Cure" Length: 0:11
It is on the album "Tommy", and I believe it's The Who's shortest song..."Extra extra read all about it! The pinball wizard in a miracle cure. Extra extra read all about it! EXTRA!"
Submitted by: Timothy
"Miracle Cure" Length: 0:11
By far, the shortest song recorded by any well-known rock band.
Submitted by: Agrimorfee

Song Title Acrostics:

WAY: "Who Are You"
Submitted by: Future Backer
TO: "The Ox"
Submitted by: Candy Welty
ICE: "I Can't Explain"
Submitted by: Candy Welty
IF: "I'm Free"
On Tommy
Submitted by: Slappy
WAY: "Who Are You?"
Submitted by: Brian Kelly

Song Title Spoonerisms:

"Silly Samson" originally "Sally Simpson"
Submitted by: Doodah Bobo
"Win Paul Buzzard" originally "Pinball Wizard"
Submitted by: Lucille Ball sized hail
"I Can Seymour Files" originally "I Can See for Miles"
Submitted by: crazydon

Upbeat Songs With Depressing Lyrics:

"We're Not Gonna Take It"
The Lyrics:
We're not gonna take it
Never did and never will
Don't want no religion
And as far as we can tell
We ain't gonna take you
Never did and never will
We're not gonna take you
We forsake you
Gonna rape you
Let's forget you better still.
Why:
The tune is very upbeat and kind of anthem-like, but in the story (this is from the rock opera Tommy) this is the part where the people decide they're sick of Tommy's rules and they burn down his camp and kill his parents.
Submitted by: umberhosen eisenheim
 

Onomatopoeia in Lyrics:

"A Quick One, While He's Away"
The Lyrics:
Cello cello cello cello cello cello cello cello
Cello cello cello cello cello cello cello cello
Cello cello cello cello cello cello cello cello
Cello cello cello cello cello cello cello cello
Why:
One of the oddest examples I've ever come across! The story goes that the Who wanted cellos at the climax of their song, yet they couldn't afford it. Instead, they had to make do with singing 'cello' repeatedly. Not quite the same effect...
Submitted by: Me
 

Lighter Side of Serious Bands:

"Cobwebs & Strange"
One of Keith Moon's few compositions with the band, it's an instrumental that sounds very much like a demented circus parade. Each member of the band contributes on trombone, penny whistle and ukelele.
Submitted by: Agrimorfee
"Tommy's Holiday Camp"
The Who actually have fun with this short song by having a carnival-like atmosphere throughout the whole song.
Submitted by: Paul Warren

What A Band is Best Known For (aside from their music):

"Concert Tragedy"
On December 3rd 1979 11 people were trampled to death outside a concert at the Riverfront Colosieum in Cincinnati, Ohio.

2 doors were opened and a stampede started and when it ended when 11 people died.
Submitted by: Celeste
"Headlining the tragic Cincinnati concert in 1979"
On December 3, 1979, 11 teens were trampled to death when the crowd rushed to find the good seats at Riverfront Coliseum.This tragedy led to the repealing of "festival", or general, seating in Cincinnati. The Who left town shortly after the tragedy.
Submitted by: Rocky
"Destroying Their Own Instruments"
Almost every Who concert, Pete Townsend would destroy his guitar or Keith Moon would break his own drum kit.
Submitted by: Paul Warren

Products Bands Should Endorse Based on Their Name:

The White Pages
Who Are You? - Check the phonebook to find out...
Submitted by: Rychendroll
Multiple Personality Help Clinic
And today you're who?
Submitted by: JC Foster

Movies Named After Song Titles:

"The Kids Are Alright"
Submitted by: Brian Kelly
"(Love) Reign Over Me"
The 2007 Adam Sandler drama.
Submitted by: Robert M.

Bad Ringtone Choices:

"I Can't Explain"
The Lyrics:
Can't explain, I think it's love.
Why:
I was accused by a Welfare Rights rep of being unable to explain my mental health problems on an assessment form. And so they think I'm fit to work...yeah right.
Submitted by: pickle
 

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