The song has been said to have "encapsulated the angst of being a teenager," and has been characterized as a "nod to the Mod counterculture ". The song was released as Brown Paper Bag (Vocal Edit) - Various - Brit Awards 98 single on 29 Octoberreaching No. The main difference My Generation - The Rovin Kind - My Generation this version and the original is that it is heavily abridged and instead of the hail of feedback which My Generation - The Rovin Kind - My Generation the original, the band play a chaotic rendition of Edward Elgar 's " Land of Hope and Glory.
Townshend reportedly wrote the song on a train and is said to have been inspired by the Queen Motherwho is alleged to have had Townshend's I Am Complete - Rapture - Silent Stage hearse towed off a street in Belgravia because she was offended by the sight of it during her daily drive through the neighbourhood.
On a later interview for Good Morning Americainthe band was discussing the upcoming tour to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Tommyand Townshend talked about the famous line "I hope I die before I get old. The song's lyrics comprise what is considered to be one of the most distilled statements of youthful rebellion in rock history.
The tone of the track alone helped make it an acknowledged forebear of the punk rock movement. One of the most quoted—and patently rewritten—lines in rock history is "I hope I die before I get old," famously sneered by lead singer Roger Daltrey.
Like much of The Who's earlier Mod output, the song boasts clear influences of American rhythm and bluesmost explicitly in the call and response form of the verses. Daltrey would sing a My Generation - The Rovin Kind - My Generationand the backing vocalists, Pete Townshend low harmony and John Entwistle high harmonywould respond with the refrain "Talkin' 'bout my generation":. People try to put us d-down Talkin' 'bout my generation Just because we g-g-get around Talkin' 'bout my generation Things they do look awful c-c-cold Talkin' 'bout my generation I hope I die before I get old Talkin' 'bout my generation.
The vocal melody of "My Generation" is an example of the shout-and-fall modal frame. This call and response is mirrored in the instrumental break with solo emphasis passing from Townshend's guitar to Entwistle's bass and back again several times. Another salient aspect of "My Generation" is Daltrey's delivery: an angry and frustrated stutter.
Various stories exist as to the reason for this distinct delivery. One is that the song began as a slow talking blues number without the Wait - Various - Dance Floor Sensations in the s it was sometimes performed as such, but with the stutter, as "My Generation Blues"but after being inspired by John Lee Hooker 's "Stuttering Blues," Townshend reworked the song into its present form.
Another reason is that it was suggested to Daltrey that he stutter  to sound like a British mod on speed. It is also proposed, albeit less frequently, that the stutter was introduced to give the group a framework for implying an expletive in the lyrics: "Why don't you all fff Roger Daltrey has also commented that he had not rehearsed the song prior to the recording, was nervous, and he was unable to hear his own voice through the monitors.
The stutter came about as he tried to fit the lyrics to the music as best he could, and the band decided it worked well enough to keep. The BBC initially refused to play "My Generation" because it did not want to offend people My Generation - The Rovin Kind - My Generation stutter, but it reversed its decision after the song became more popular. The instrumental elements of the song are fast and aggressive.
Significantly, "My Generation" also featured one of the first bass solos in rock history. The song's coda features drumming from Keith Moonas well, whereupon the song breaks down in spurts of guitar feedback from Townshend's Rickenbackerrather than fading out or ending cleanly on the tonic.
There are two guitar parts. The basic instrumental track as reflected on the instrumental version on the My Generation Deluxe edition followed by Townshend's overdubs including the furious feedback on the coda. Townshend's guitars were tuned down a whole step for the recording. For the band the song was the basis for an extended medley or improvisation, going on as long as fifteen minutes, as evinced by the version appearing on Live at Leeds.
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