Originally Posted by DaneMcCloud
Was this the same production shown on VH1 a few years back? If so, it's an interesting doc, especially in regards to the failed Life House project that morphed into Quadraphenia.
In that doc, they shared the demo stage of the tracks with Pete performing all the instruments and vocals. He was obviously the driving force behind the band, but The Who wasn't The Who without the talents of Moon, Entwistle and Daltrey.
Hmmm ... I don't know (having never seen the VH1 version). This was listed as "NEW" on the BBCA schedule, though. Normally, that means it's never been broadcast before ... although I suppose it could mean it's new to the BBCA.
They did mention the Lifehouse project, but I don't recall them saying that it was the seedling for Quadrophenia ... only that it was a failure.
And (unless I missed it) they only mentioned the original demo tracks Townshend created.
The Who was a damn unusual combination of people, that's certain ... it was a little odd that it all worked was well as it did. In this particular documentary, they emphasized the fact that Townshend wasn't much of a fan of Moon's drumming, for example ... a viewpoint which Daltrey found offensive.
Even though some of the bands felt (probably rightly) they needed a "gimmick", those were the days when music still had a raw, spontaneous edge that I miss. There was something in those early performances that is hard to replicate.