Song Sunday: Baba O’Riley

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“It’s only teenage wasteland…”

It’s another visit to my Samsung phone playlist.

A blending of two names, Meher Baba and Terry Riley (philosophical and musical mentors to Pete Townsend), Baba was introduced to the world in August 1971 and was the lead track on the album Who’s Next. Written by Townsend, it was originally intended for his Lifehouse rock opera, a future follow-up to Tommy. That never came to pass but, a Lifehouse Chronicles box set was released in 2000.

The song was never released as a single in the UK or the US but, was certified platinum in the UK, anyway. It was chosen as the main theme for the TV series CSI: NY. The album peaked at #1 in the UK and #4 in the US.

Sadly, Keith Moon passed away seven years later.


10 thoughts on “Song Sunday: Baba O’Riley

    UK #1s blog said:
    April 13, 2020 at 11:36 AM

    Great song. Didn’t realise it wasn’t a single!

      The Hinoeuma responded:
      April 13, 2020 at 11:35 PM

      I was surprised by that, myself. I was released as a single in “selected European countries.” There was a record of it charting in The Netherlands.

    bayphotosbydonna said:
    April 13, 2020 at 11:39 AM

    I’ve been busy cleaning up and keep playing this cool song! Thanks, Vic!

      The Hinoeuma responded:
      April 13, 2020 at 11:36 PM

      Welcome. Did you catch any of that storm that rolled thru?

        bayphotosbydonna said:
        April 14, 2020 at 12:35 PM

        Oh yea, that storm line barrelled through our area during the night, the SC tornado was about 65 miles northwest of us. 😲

          The Hinoeuma responded:
          April 14, 2020 at 4:00 PM

          My home county, next door west, had a touchdown in the southern part. According to the news, we had funnel clouds about a mile away from our location but, they didn’t touch down. I found Ken on the couch as he’d been up all night, watching weather broadcasts. My phone had severe alert “seek shelter” postings when I woke up. Heh. I slept thru it.

    badfinger20 said:
    April 13, 2020 at 8:06 PM

    Just post Who songs everyday…that could be your blog…I would be happy! Only Keith ones though.

      The Hinoeuma responded:
      April 13, 2020 at 11:44 PM

      LOL! I’m posting alphabetically (you know that brain of mine) by song name and it will be quite an eclectic list.

      Which reminds me, I’m done with the DW special downloads and…do you by chance have music to share? THAT is something I can return the favor on.

        badfinger20 said:
        April 13, 2020 at 11:46 PM

        Well you won me with the word eclectic… Of course I do…I have over 13,000 I believe…but I’ll have to count again

          The Hinoeuma responded:
          April 14, 2020 at 12:39 AM

          No need to re-count. I’ll take your word for it. LOL!

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