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Keith Moon

On June 23rd, 1977, the quite drunk but happy Keith Moon unexpectedly joined Led Zeppelin onstage at The Forum in Los Angeles, bringing his bongos and a tambourine during “Moby Dick” and the band’s encore. Moon would pass away a year later at age 32, making this his last appearance onstage in the US. Zeppelin drummer John Bonham wouldn’t last that much longer himself, dying in his sleep on September 24, 1980. He was also just 32 years old. The real story of The Who and Zeppelin would end with their deaths.

The Who’s “Going Mobile” is a track from their 1971 album Who’s Next. The track helped drive the album, which also contained the classics “Baba O’Riley” “Behind Blue Eyes” and “Won’t Get Fooled Again,” to #1 in the UK and #4 on the Billboard Top 200 Albums charts. It was recorded at Olympic Studios in London and produced by The Who with Glyn Johns. Rolling Stone’s John Mendelsohn described the song as “inane”. However, in The Rolling Stone Record Guide, John Swenson described “Going Mobile” as one of “Townshend’s most beautiful songs”, so, yeah.

Hey! It’s that song from CSI: Crime Scene Investigation!

“Who Are You”, composed by Pete Townshend, is the title track on The Who’s 1978 release, Who Are You, the last album released before drummer Keith Moon’s death in September 1978. Moon died just under a month after its release, and on the cover, he is shown sitting in a chair ironically labelled “Not to be taken away”. Moon had insisted on sitting in the chair with the back to the camera so as to hide his distended stomach, the result of his alcoholism. But I digress…

The lyrics begin with a true incident, courtesy of Pete’s alcoholism. He claims he really did “wake up in a Soho doorway”, and a policeman recognized him and advised him to go home.

Beware of the F-word sung at 2:14 and 4:27 if you’re at work.

The album peaked at #2 on the Billboard Album Charts. The release that blocked it from being their first (and only) #1? The soundtrack to Grease.

…and here’s the pretty amazing drums (listen for the sloppy kicks) of Keith Moon.