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The Who Wished This Album Never Went Public

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Even late in their career, The Who regretted releasing one of their albums.

Pete Townshend
Pete Townshend (photo via Rolling Stone)

By 1982, The Who had already released nine studio albums. Any band that has put out that much music, you would think, has to have had a tone of experience writing and recording songs.

But even still, The Who put out an album they were not at all happy with– they were so unhappy with the final product that they didn’t want to release it.

It’s Hard was, well, hard to release for them.

It was their last album until Endless Wire in 2006 and last album with the great drummer Kenney Jones. And even though it reached No. 8 on Billboard’s Pop Albums chart in the United States and went platinum, lead singer Roger Daltrey regrets releasing it.

It’s Hard should never have been released,” Daltrey said. “I had huge rows with Pete [Townshend]… when the album was finished and I heard it I said, ‘Pete, this is just a complete piece of sh*t and it should never come out!'”

Likewise, Townshend was not too happy about it either.

Roger Daltrey
Roger Daltrey (photo via Last.fm)

“Face Dances and It’s Hard were made by a band who were very unsure about whether or not they wanted to be making a record,” he said. “And I think that’s a terrible doubt.”

So why did the album come out of the people who made it didn’t want it to? Daltrey said it was the label’s fault.

“It came out because as usual we were being manipulated at that time by other things,” he said. “The record company wanted a record out and they wanted us to do a tour.”

As Daltrey said, he and Townshend would have big arguments about it.

“Pete,” Daltrey said at one point. “If we’d tried to get any of these songs onto Face Dances, or any of the albums that we’ve done since our first f**king album, we would not allow these songs to be on an album! Why are we releasing them? Why? Let’s just say that was an experience to pull the band back together, now let’s go and make an album.”

“Too late,” Townshend replied. “It’s good enough, that’s how we are now.”

Townshend later reflected on that time in the band’s life.

“I think the enthusiasm wasn’t completely lost, but a lot of it had gone,” he said. “And that’s what starts to be a bit embarrassing, is that the last years of The Who were so desperate. It was the desperation of people who were lost. I was looking forward too far and Roger was looking back too far.”

And that’s why The Who hated not only It’s Hard, but also Face Dances as well as their live album Who’s Last.

The Surprising Facts Of Janis Joplin’s 3 Career Defining Songs

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Although she had a short life, Janis Joplin made good use of it.

Janis Joplin
Janis Joplin

As she herself said, “Man, I’d rather have ten years of superhypermost than live to be seventy sitting in some Godd**n chair watching TV,” she said.

And that’s what she did, creating the music to match. Despite this, she didn’t ever win a Grammy, and the organization has yet to recognize her in the way she deserves.

So, to remind the Grammys of the unique X factor she possessed, here are her top three songs ever.

1“Me and Bobby McGee”

Like “Piece of My Heart,” Joplin took someone else’s song and put her own spin on it. “Me and Bobby McGee” was a Kris Kristofferson’s original, but when Joplin recorded it, it went to No. 1 shortly after she died and it became the defining song of her career.

What You Didn’t Know About The Top 3 Songs By Billy Joel

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Billy Joel could mix many genres in one smooth stroke, and many of his songs planted themselves firmly in the classic rock genre.

Billy Joel
photo via Playbuzz

In addition to borrowing from rock, Billy Joel used jazz and funk undertones, writing anything from a kick-butt rock song to a tear-jerking ballad.

There are so, so many good Joel songs not on this list, like “Piano Man,” “Just the Way You Are,” “Scenes From an Italian Restaurant,” and “We Didn’t Start the Fire,” which he said he hated.

But if we’re going to do a Top 3 list of his best songs, we have to make decisions. So here’s our list.

11. “It’s Still Rock And Roll To Me”

Not only does the name say it, but the content also screams “rock and roll.” It’s Joel’s cynical perspective of the music industry. It shows us the protagonist’s insistence that he is going to live his life the way he wants, not the way people expect him to.

He will not be ruled by the masses or music executives. This is his life.

Did This Choir Of Schoolgirls Botch Their Performance Of Queen’s Biggest Song?

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Many people have tried to perform Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody” — some successfully, some not so much.

Freddie Mercury
Freddie Mercury was the mastermind behind one of Queen’s biggest hits “Bohemian Rhapsody”

Back in 1975, Queen released “Bohemian Rhapsody,” a song that would become one of their biggest of all time. And the song was pretty much all thanks to lead singer Freddie Mercury.

“It’s Freddie’s baby,” said Queen guitarist Brian May. “And it always will be. It was Freddie’s dream. Of course we all contributed pieces to it, but really he’s the mastermind. It is an amazing conception, in my opinion.”

Mercury came into the studio pretty much knowing every part of the song in his head. With his direction, he and the band ended up recording over 180 overdubs of voices. So it’s pretty much like a 180-person choir. It took them three weeks just to record this one song.

The song went on to become the single from their album A Night at the Opera. And now it’s a major motion picture in the works.

And sometimes choirs try to replicate what Freddie and his band mates did. Sometimes 65,000 people in a crowd can’t quite sing it like he did.

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The crowd of Green Day fans decide to break into Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody” while waiting for a show to start in London (photo via YouTube)

One of those groups of people who try to perform it was a schoolgirls choir from Australia. But they put their own twist on it, which is a bold move. How can you improve upon an amazing song?

The question remains — would Mercury be okay with this rendition or not?

In my opinion, they did a great job for being young singers. It’s a very complicated songs with several harmonies, completely differing sections, and lots of words to remember. So good on ya, girls.

Check it out below and let us know what you think:

Bruce Springsteen Hated His Biggest Album, Calling It “Garbage”

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The greats are always trying to outdo themselves. That’s what makes them great.

Bruce Springsteen
Bruce Springsteen (photo via Billboard)

The great Bruce Springsteen spent years working on his hugely successful Born To Run, spending months on the title track alone. He said he was trying to make the “greatest rock ‘n’ roll record ever made.”

But when he first made the album, it was far from being great, according to the man himself. And we almost didn’t hear that album because Springsteen almost didn’t release it.

In an interview with Slate, he recalled his initial reaction to the songs.

Bruce Springsteen
Bruce Springsteen (photo via Variety)

“After it was finished? I hated it!” he said. “I couldn’t stand to listen to it. I thought it was the worst piece of garbage I’d ever heard.”

He spent long nights at the studio, struggling to perfect his songs. His engineer, Jimmy Iovine, had to chew gum wrappers just to stay awake.

After a while, Springsteen became tired and unhappy. He decided he didn’t want to release the album.

That’s when producer Jon Landau stepped in and had a talk with the rocker.

“Look, you’re not supposed to like it,” he told Springsteen. “You think Chuck Berry sits around listening to ‘Maybellene’? And when he does hear it, don’t you think he wishes a few things could be [changed]? Now c’mon, it’s time to put the record out.”

Next thing you know, the album hit the shelves in 1975 and Springsteen experienced a jolt into stardom. Because of that record, he was on the covers of Time and Newsweek at the same time.

Rolling Stone praised the album as a career-making moment for him.

“It is a magnificent album that pays off on every bet ever placed on him,” they wrote. “A ’57 Chevy running on melted down Crystals records that shuts down every claim that has been made. And it should crack his future wide open.”

And, boy, did it ever crack open his future. If Born To Run were a baseball bat, then his future was a piñata full of money and success.

The Top 3 Jimi Hendrix Songs Of All Time

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Even though Jimi Hendrix died a little over 47 years ago, his music continues a life of its own.

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Jimi Hendrix (photo via Stringjoy)

Jimi Hendrix’s music keeps selling at an amazing rate. His posthumous album from a few years ago, People, Hell and Angels sold nearly 100,000 copies when it first came out. It reached No. 2 on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart.

And even though he wasn’t in the public for very long, he left us with tons and tons of songs.

Here are his best three.

“Purple Haze”

This one might be his most famous song, introducing itself with that legendary opening guitar lick. Surprisingly, it never reached the Unites States charts. Regardless, we now know it is one of his best.

Although many people believe it’s about a drug trip, Hendrix himself debunked that myth, saying it was “about a dream I had that I was walking under the sea.”

“All Along the Watchtower”

Hendrix liked to cover songs, and one of those songs was Bob Dylan’s “All Along The Watchtower.” And Hendrix’s version blew Dylan’s mind.

“It overwhelmed me, really,” Dylan said of the guitarist’s cover. “…Ever since he died I’ve been doing it [his] way. Strange how when I sing it, I always feel it’s a tribute to him in some kind of way.”

Hendrix did Dylan’s song so well that its ownership sort of shifted from the latter to the former.

“Little Wing”

“Little Wing” houses one of the most revered Hendrix guitar solos. It was the first time he recorded through his Leslie speaker, which created a wavy, echo-y sound that made the solo so unique. Plus, a big factor in this song landing at number one is that he wrote it in 145 seconds.

“[‘Little Wing’ is] based on a very, very simple Indian style,” Hendrix said“So I figured I take everything I’d see around [at the festival] and put it maybe in the form of a girl … and call it ‘Little Wing,’ and then it will just fly away.”

Watch Jimi Hendrix Jam On A 12-String Acoustic Guitar

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When you think of Jimi Hendrix, you think face-melting electric guitarist. But it turns out he had a softer side.

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Jimi Hendrix playing a 12-string acoustic guitar (photo via YouTube)

In the only footage of Jimi Hendrix playing an acoustic guitar, we see him jamming on a 12-string. And it’s as cool as you can imagine.

Hendrix treats the film crew to his rendition of “Hear My Train A-Comin'” as filmmaker Peter Neal capture the rare occurence. Neal was shooting Experience, the first film ever made about Hendrix and the only one that came out while he was still alive.

“Just before we left we asked Jimi if he would mind playing some acoustic blues,” Neal said. “We’d decided to ask him to do that beforehand and since I had this 12-string guitar, I took it along thinking it would be more interesting for him than an ordinary 6 string.”

Neal said he noticed Hendrix kept looking at the 12-string while they were filming.

Until finally, Hendrix asked if he could play it.

Jimi Hendrix
Jimi Hendrix (photo via Okayplayer)

“I said that I’d hoped he would, so he picked it up and launched into that number,” Neal went on. “We didn’t have much film left at that point, and so I told him that he’d have to do it in one take…”

After a minute or so of the video, Hendrix looks up at the camera.

“No, I want to do it again,” he says. “Hey can we do this one more time? Hey don’t waste all the film there. Stop it for a second.”

He says he messed up because he was “scared to death.”

They kept rolling the film. And they captured a unrepeatable moment in rock history.

“…It was just one of those magic moments that happen sometimes,” Neal said.

Fleetwood Mac Wanted To Credit Their Cocaine Dealer For “Rumours”

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Fleetwood Mac was an anomaly — they hated each other yet still made great music. But they were like every band in that drugs fueled them.

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Fleetwood Mac (photo via Wenner Media)

As we’ve mentioned before, Fleetwood Mac was a band drenched in chaos. So is it any surprise to learn that they wanted to include their cocaine dealer in the album credits of Rumours?

“By the time we got to Rumours, the emotional roller coaster was in full motion and we were all in a ditch,” Mick Fleetwood. “Everybody knew everything about everybody and I was definitely piggy-in-the-middle.”

Also, if you just listen to the songs on the album, you could easily surmise that coke users wrote the songs.

Fleetwood said if he were to lay out all the coke he’d snorted over the years, it would stretch for seven miles.

“The tales of excess are true, but we’d all be dead already if we weren’t made of stronger stuff,” he wrote in Play On.

Stevie Nicks
Stevie Nicks (photo via Billboard)

In the 70’s, drugs were as much a part of classic rock as the electric guitar. Coke became a thing Fleetwood Mac needed, not just wanted. They needed something to numb the pain and tension that shaped the band.

“You felt so bad about what was happening that you did a line to cheer yourself up,” Nicks told Mojo in 2012.

And when it came to Rumours, they used coke as their engine. They even seriously considered thanking their cocaine dealer in the album credits. That’s how important the drug was to them.

The only reason they didn’t was because a gang took him out.

“Unfortunately, he got snuffed — executed! — before the thing came out,” Fleetwood wrote in his first memoir, Fleetwood: My Life and Adventures in Fleetwood Mac.

So if it weren’t for some drug-involved gang, the Rumours album credits would be very different.

Paul McCartney Was Not Happy With “Let It Be”

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The last album The Beatles’ released was a point of tension for the already separated band.

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The Beatles’ “Let It Be” (photo via Amazone)

When The Beatles recorded the album that would become Let It Be, they originally had a very different vision than what it ended up being. And Paul McCartney was not happy about that.

George Martin, the band’s longtime producer and the Fifth Beatle, attested to this.

“It was always understood that the album would be like nothing the Beatles had done before,” he said. “It would be honest, no overdubbing, no editing, truly live… almost amateurish.”

But a year after they finished recording it and before it came out, John Lennon asked producer Phil Spector to come play around with the tracks.

“When Spector came around, it was like, ‘Well, all right, if you want to work with us, go and do your audition, man.’ And he worked like a pig on it,” Lennon said.

Lennon said Spector had wanted to work with the band for a while, but this album, Lennon implies, was not the best first impression of The Beatles.

“…He was given the sh**tiest load of badly recorded s**t — and with a lousy feeling to it — ever,” Lennon said. “And he made something out of it. It wasn’t fantastic, but I heard it, I didn’t puke. I was so relieved after six months of this black cloud hanging over, this was going to go out.”

In fact, Lennon wanted the original, “bad,” Spector-less version to go out to the world. Because that would be the last nail in The Beatles’ coffin.

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John Lennon and Paul McCartney (photo via ABC News)

“I thought it would be good to go out, the shitty version, because it would break The Beatles, it would break the myth,” he said. “That’s us with no trousers on and no glossy paint over the cover and no sort of hype. ‘This is what we’re like with our trousers off. So would you please end the game now?'”

But that’s not what happened. The Beatles then recorded Abbey Road “quickly,” Lennon said, to “preserve the myth.” The newer version of Let It Be came out a year later in 1970.

And Paul McCartney was not happy that.

“I was sent a re-mixed version of my song ‘The Long And Winding Road,’ with harps, horns, an orchestra and women’s choir added,” McCartney remembered. “No one had asked me what I thought. I couldn’t believe it. I would never have female voices on a Beatles record.”

He said his album came with a note from Allen Klein, who took over the The Beatles’ business affairs after longtime manager Brian Epstein died. Klein said he thought the changes had to happen.

“I don’t blame Phil Spector for doing it but it just goes to show that it’s no good me sitting here thinking I’m in control because obviously I’m not,” McCartney said.

Even though McCartney is not happy with the album, I still like it.

Fleetwood Mac’s Top 3 Songs Ever

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If you’re a hardcore Fleetwood Mac fan, you may not like this list of their best songs ever.

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Fleetwood Mac’s breakout album from 1977, “Rumours”

You see, if you’re a serious Fleetwood Mac fan, you would say the band started in 1967 with Peter Green.

But let’s be honest, the good Fleetwood Mac started in 1975 when Stevie Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham joined. That’s when they put out their best songs. Once those two joined, the band became one of the biggest rock bands of the 1970s.

So with that in mind, here are the top three Fleetwood Mac songs of all time.

“Rhiannon”

Stevie Nicks says “Rhiannon” is about a Medieval Welsh witch, complete with a haunting vocal and other-worldly lyrics. When it came out in 1976, it didn’t quite reach the Top 10 charts, but it totally should have.

“Dreams”

As we know, Rumours was all about chaos and was created in chaos. Nicks wrote “Dreams” about her crumbling relationship with Buckingham while she lay in bed.

This song — which so accurately sums up the whole album — became the band’s only No. 1 song.

“Go Your Own Way”

Just like “Dreams,” another Rumours song, “Go Your Own Way,” also captures the whole of the record. It’s a breakup album and this is clearly a breakup song.

As far as breakup songs go, it’s definitely the nastiest song on the album. But that makes it the best song on the album, and the best song in their catalog. Tension and heartache tend to create some great art.

Oh yeah, and that weird drumming pattern — that’s only because Mick Fleetwood had dyslexia.

“[The] rhythm was a tom-tom structure that Lindsey demoed by hitting Kleenex boxes or something,” Fleetwood said in Classic Albums. “I never quite got to grips with what he wanted, so the end result was my mutated interpretation.”

Enjoy the song below: