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Music Single : Pete Townshend – Face The Face

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Here’s a  version of a song that should get your attention. Pete Townshend (A certified CB fave) getting his big band thing on and tearing down the house. I wanted to be there. I always liked it when Pete was having fun making music and because he’s having fun so are we. Supposedly that’s his daughter Emma with him in the video. He’s doing his Neil Young and the Bluenotes thing. Peter Townshend ,big band leader.

I’m a big band/jazz kinda guy and this swings and rocks like crazy. The drums (Simon Phillips) and bass give us the beat (Infectious), killer horn section with the trombone taking a cool solo and then Peter Hope-Evans jumps in and takes it into orbit with his Magic Dick ( J Geils Band) imitation. CB is jumping around like a chimpanzee on bug juice on this one. Fun, loud and swinging. So just park the brain and grab the beat it isn’t hard. Watch this and you’ll see where the “Bouncy” from ‘Meaty, Beaty, Big and Bouncy’ comes from. You want energy, this song with give it to ya. Great musical idea by Pete that works for me. Killer. Lots of great versions out there. I’ll give you a couple below.

“London and Glasgow. Keep looking”

58 comments on “Music Single : Pete Townshend – Face The Face

  1. christiansmusicmusings
    March 21, 2021

    “CB is jumping around like a chimpanzee on bug juice on this one.” I’m trying to picture it. You’re cracking me up! 🙂

    This is a cool tune, though I will admit when it came out, initially, I was a bit dismissive of the drums part, finding it a bit “dumb”. To borrow from Robert Allen Zimmerman and flipping the lyrics: But I was so much younger then. I’m older than that now.

    Older and wiser – at least so I hope! 🙂

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      March 21, 2021

      Thanks for the positive feedback. I’m off the “bug juice” for a while.
      You being a musician would probably have an idea why Townshend pumped those drums. I think I read some where there was a reason but I forgot. Yeah Bob has a way with words.

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  2. tref
    March 21, 2021

    I remember when it was released. Loved it then. Love it now.

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  3. Francisco Bravo Cabrera
    March 21, 2021

    Always thought of Pete as one of my faves and one of the best! Loved Empty Glass as well and I applaud you on an excellent chalice CB!

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  4. 2loud2oldmusic
    March 21, 2021

    Between him and Roger, I thought I would’ve enjoyed Roger’s solo stuff more…Nope!! Pete’s was the one I enjoyed the most.

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  5. deKE
    March 21, 2021

    It’s bizarre watching Pete play conductor when I’m used to seeing him do those crazy windmills on his guitar.
    My buddy bought this at the time and it was decent enough…

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  6. Victim of the Fury
    March 21, 2021

    Great one, CB. I love me some Pete but lean toward the Empty Glass stuff. This one I’d join you in bouncing around to live but would tend less to spin at home.

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      March 21, 2021

      I do most my bouncing at home. I like Pete’s solo output. He has made so much good music. I liked the detour he took on this one.

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  7. Yeah, Another Blogger
    March 21, 2021

    I maybe have asked you this before: Did you see The Who? I did, but Kenney Jones was the drummer, not Moon. Not the same. Moon was irreplaceable.

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  8. Jim S.
    March 21, 2021

    A good tune. Very un-Townshend like. The Who always referred to themselves in the early days as Maximum R&B. They weren’t. This is.

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      March 21, 2021

      His oldman was a musician. I think a big band guy. They were picking up inspiration from all over. Young sponges. Gilmour toured with him at this time. I think. These guys like music just like us Doc.

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      • Jim S.
        March 21, 2021

        Yeah, his mother was a singer. I didn’t realize he and Gilmour had toured together.

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        March 21, 2021

        I knew Dave played with him and when I found clips of this tune there was a really good version with DG on guitar not that its a guitar song. Cool when musicians I like get together.

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  9. hotfox63
    March 22, 2021

    I especially like the LP version with the instrumental intro. It’s wonderful how slowly but surely it is picking up the pace. Next to “Give Blood” the best track for me on the album “White City – A Novel”.

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      March 22, 2021

      Me too. And off of a very good record.

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      • hotfox63
        March 23, 2021

        “Face the Face” – I think this means look in the mirror, at ourselves, at our governments, at everything.

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        March 23, 2021

        I like the play on words in the lyrics.

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      • hotfox63
        March 24, 2021

        The lyrics can be interpreted in many ways. But “Face To Face” is definitely a song from the concept album “White City – A Novel”. I think the whole thing was for Townshend a kind of therapy that he realized with excellent musicians.

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        March 24, 2021

        Yeah the musicianship is top notch. I agree.

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  10. keepsmealive
    March 22, 2021

    That was fun. They sure look like they’re having fun in that video. Go, cat, go!

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  11. J.
    March 22, 2021

    This is new to me, CB. Never listened to Townsend. Kinda like it, but… I’m kinda reluctant to get into his stuff on account of his legal issues a while back.

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      March 22, 2021

      That was a tough one J and a personal choice on your part. I didnt delve into the story that deeply but I think all charges were dropped and hopefully it was all a horrible mistake. He has seemed to bounce back. Ill give him the benefit of the doubt . It certainty colored my thinking for a while.

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      • J.
        March 22, 2021

        I think he was added to the register for a few years and he changed his story a good few years after, but yeah, as someone who hadn’t really gotten into the Who or listen to his music in any way, it certainly influenced how I looked at him.

        Same with Wacko Jacko. Though I did quite like his music when I was younger. I haven’t listened to him in a long long time, but all the stuff influences the view, doesn’t it. R. Kelly, too.

        I can separate art from the person in some cases – if the person is a walloper mostly… but sometimes it just leaves you feeling a bit uneasy.

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        March 22, 2021

        The Who are one of my all time favorite bands so that was a kick in the nuts. I’ve since moved on from it and like I say, give it the benefit of the doubt.
        The Jackson thing was creepy to me and a little out there. Dont know enough about it. As far as his music goes maybe we could do a take on him together or maybe we shouldnt.

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      • J.
        March 23, 2021

        I get that, man. It’s definitely easier to move forward and give them the benefit in situations that are unclear when you’re invested.

        But I guess I got off point and hijacked the post, CB – apologies. It’s a good tune and I didn’t mean to bring anything negative here.

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        March 23, 2021

        No “apologies” necessary. Always enjoy your honest input. Keep it coming fella.

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      • J.
        March 23, 2021

        Cheers, man.

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  12. the press music reviews
    March 24, 2021

    Sounds like fun. Don’t have much in the way of PT, but CB has pointed me in the right direction once again.

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      March 24, 2021

      Off a good album ‘White City’. I’ve been hangin with Pete’s music for a long time.
      (Had a good listen with Beefheart yesterday. Thanks)

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  13. wholelottarosie
    March 24, 2021

    CB, I’ve been a huge Pete fan for a long time. My first Single-record from “The Who” was “My Generation”. I bought them with my pocket money when I was a young girl and still in school. And now, two years ago, I draw a portrait of the great Pete that was published in an art calendar by an art publisher in Berlin. Maybe you want to see it?
    If you like ist, take a look:
    https://roswithageisler.wordpress.com/2019/10/14/die-wilden-13-2020/
    and here:
    https://roswithageisler.wordpress.com/2019/08/15/pete/#more-4834

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      March 24, 2021

      I seen one of these takes on your site and was going to comment later. Out of all the musicians you could have picked it says a lot about your tastes when you chose Pete. I have a silk screen a friend did for me a long time ago of PT is a similar pose as the one you picked. Great stuff and common ground. Talk later Rosie.

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  14. badfinger20 (Max)
    March 26, 2021

    Townsend’s mind works different than his rocker brethren. He continually goes outside the box…thank goodness. I love this track… I saw Simon Phillips with the Who in 89…he was great.

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      March 26, 2021

      Simon pounds the hell out of the skins on this one. What a library of great tunes he has going back to the beginning. I have a take coming up on the guy (band) who I think was joined at the hip with him and his mates, An easy guess for you.

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      • badfinger20 (Max)
        March 26, 2021

        I don’t know but I would guess Ray D…. Oh CB…have you ever listened to the album by Pete and Ronnie Lane? Rough Mix? I love it.

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        March 26, 2021

        Bingo on the answer and yes the Pete Ronnie is an all time fave. An early CB take. I figured you would know it.

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      • badfinger20 (Max)
        March 26, 2021

        I couldn’t decide between the two but yea Ronnie worked with him…I really like his music from the Faces bands to his solo things.

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        March 26, 2021

        Also his solo. Ive done a couple takes on Ronnie. His Debris is beautiful so is Kuschty Rye.
        (You sent me to ‘King Of America by the I Dont Cares. Love that cut and album)

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      • badfinger20 (Max)
        March 26, 2021

        Yes I like that one also.
        One thing I re-found…The Replacements “Don’t Tell A Soul” was mixed with a lot of polish…I found the original mixes…puts a new light on that album…it sounded like the Replacements again…called Dead Man’s Pop…

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        March 26, 2021

        Thanks for that. I will dive in when I get a chance to give it a sustained listen. Very curious.

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  15. BuriedOnMars
    March 27, 2021

    Love Pete. His book was kind of boring but his music is usually great. I had no idea this existed so this was a nice treat to watch this evening!

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  16. the press music reviews
    March 30, 2021

    “CB is jumping around like a chimpanzee on bug juice on this one.” Love it!

    Liked by 1 person

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