Won t get fooled again

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The Who- Won't Get Fooled Again - John Entwistle's isolated bass (live) HQ SOUND

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Today, we're paying tribute to a song that, for a distressing number of people, is best remembered as the theme song to a television show -- but long before it was used to punctuate David Caruso's opening-sequence quips in 'CSI: Miami,' the Who 's 'Won't Get Fooled Again' served as a powerfully cathartic anthem for the disaffected. A big part of the song's appeal is its distinctive sound, which required no small amount of technical jiggering during the sessions that produced the track -- led by the synth-filtered organ riff that kicks in following the opening electric guitar power chord and envelops the listener for most of the first 30 seconds. But it isn't just synth tinkering that helps set the song apart; bassist John Entwistle played a heavily modified instrument, nicknamed 'Frankenstein' because he'd cobbled it together from the pieces of five smashed basses, while Pete Townshend 's setup found him running a '59 Gretsch hollow-body guitar through a Fender Bandmaster amp with a pedal steel volume pedal all of which was an incredibly useful gift from Joe Walsh of the Eagles. All of which is fascinating for rock gearheads, but to the casual listener, the song's most crucial ingredient might be the spine-tingling howl that Roger Daltrey unleashes at the mark -- a rock scream so potent that it boasts an increasing number of YouTube tributes as well as its own Facebook page. It's the perfect wordless manifestation of the song's lyrics, which -- while they've been heavily misinterpreted for decades -- offered a jaded rebuttal to the 'power to the people' revolutionary fervor that was in vogue at the time and which tends to resurface once a g-g-g-generation.

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It was released as a single in June , reaching the top 10 in the UK, while the full eight-and-a-half-minute version appears as the final track on the band's album Who's Next , released that August. Townshend wrote the song as a closing number of the Lifehouse project, and the lyrics criticise revolution and power. To symbolise the spiritual connection he had found in music via the works of Meher Baba and Inayat Khan , he programmed a mixture of human traits into a synthesizer and used it as the main backing instrument throughout the song.
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  1. This version unlike the New York original used the synthesizer track from Pete's demo, and was edited down for the single which reached 9 in the UK and No.

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