It can’t be 50 years for this one can it? The Who released their third LP “The …

Written by on December 15, 2017

It can’t be 50 years for this one can it?

The Who released their third LP “The Who Sell Out” on Dec. 15, 1967. It was a concept album, formatted as a collection of unrelated songs interspersed with faux commercials and public service announcements. The album purports to be a broadcast by pirate radio station Radio London. Part of the intended irony of the title was that the Who were making commercials during that period of their career.

The album’s release was reportedly followed by lawsuits due to the mention of real-world commercial interests in the faux commercials and on the album covers, and by the makers of the real jingles (Radio London jingles), who claimed the Who used them without permission. (The jingles were produced by PAMS Productions of Dallas, Texas, which created thousands of station ID jingles in the 1960s and ’70s). It was the deodorant company, Odorono, who took offense that Chris Stamp (bands manager) made a request for endorsement dollars.

The song “I Can See for Miles” was released as a single and peaked at #10 in the UK and #9 in the US.

“The Who Sell Out” received widespread acclaim from critics, some of whom viewed it as The Who’s best record and one of the greatest albums of all time.

Would you agree with those claims?

Happy 50th Birthday to “The Who Sell Out”!!!

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