Who Are You – The Who


Just to clarify, this is the ‘single-edit-version’, as the word ‘fuck’ features at 2:14. According to Wikipedia, that’s how you can tell what version it is. Here I am, sat with Mad-Man-Ted, listening to this, on repeat and singing along. It took us a while to line the two recordings up. We’re currently in the college library…

Who Are You is another one of those classics that you just can’t hate. I’m sure there’s someone out there that does, but their opinion doesn’t matter. Honest.

I’ll start with lyrics this time. First of all, the lyrics in this song are pretty good. It’s simple to learn the chorus and the words stand out well. For example, who can forget the word ‘fuck’ when used in a song? I can’t! It sort of eats away at my soul until I’m listening to the song in public and singing it. That’s when I release the almighty fuck from its isolation chamber. If that idea ever gets made into a porno, I want 20% of all the profits!

Since we’re talking about lyrics, I’ll put my favourite ones here. As you’ve probably guessed, it’s the chorus (2nd Chorus). No, I won’t copy and past them, but rather, will type them.

‘Well, who are you? (Who are you? Who, who, who, who?)
Oh, who are you(Who are you? Who, who, who, who?)
Oh Tell me, who are you? (Who are you? Who, who, who, who?)
Oh Who the fuck are you? (Who are you? Who, who, who, who?)’

Well, you know me…

I do have a negative point about this chorus, however. Line 2. ALL of line 2. The whole ‘Oh’ is dragged out and it just doesn’t work with the rest of the song. I don’t think so anyway.

Now for the music. This is the song which, in my opinion, makes the best use of stereo. By stereo, for those of you who don’t know, I mean the use of 3d music. If you don’t get that, I mean the use of music coming at you from both sides, at the same time, but also on their own. If you don’t get that, you’re a moron. JUST LISTEN TO THE SONG IN A SILENT ROOM!

It’s most noticeable¬†during the instrumental in the middle, as there comes a point where we hear different instruments, with one on each side. The drums carry on throughout, which adds to a buildup whenever it is needed. One such occurrence happens at the end of the instrumental, where everything kicks in again.

I REALLY like the instrumental. I usually don’t listen to them as they frustrate me, having nothing I can learn. This one, however, literally attacks me from both sides (I always listen at full volume) so I love it. The sounds of skilled guitar on my left, followed by keyboard on my right, left, right, right, left and left, really helps me get into the mood of the song.

Then there’s the proper music. You know. The stuff you hear when they sing. The piano or keyboard or whatever the hell it is, is extremely skillfully performed before the end. If I ever decide to learn either of the two instruments properly, that’s the 3rd thing I’m going to learn to play (following Bohemian Rhapsody and Bat Out Of Hell).

What’s it about? To be honest, I have no idea. It might be about a long journey home after a long night of drinking, but it might also be about a guy who doesn’t know how that person across the train from him, is.

Not a lot more to say apart from that I like this song a lot.

8/10

That Guy

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