47 Years of Great Rock: You Say It's Your Birthday

5 years ago

Hop on  a 13-minute journey through the history of rock and roll. Starting with the classic rock of the Who in 1965, you’ll hear hard rock, psychedelia, roots rock, Southern rock, funk, punk, new wave, a quick nod to disco, eighties pop, grunge, indie rock, and beyond….

The rules:

  • one song a year
  • the song has to sound like its year
  • each band just once

I made this video to commemorate my 47th birthday. I can’t wait to update it in three years to feature 50 years of great rock and roll. I’ll need some reason to look forward to turning 50.

1965 — My Generation — The Who
During the year of my birth, rock really got rolling with this song. Released as a single and on the album My Generation in 1965, it reached #2 in the UK. The BBC at first refused to play the song because it didn’t want to offend stutterers, and it has one of the earliest bass solos in rock (Wikipedia). Check out the video of the Who performing the song on the Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour (1967) with Townsend destroying his guitar at the end.

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