Song Lyric Sunday – 18 October 2020 – Won’t Get Fooled Again

Jim Adams’ Song Lyric Sunday gives us the chance to share familiar, and sometimes not so familiar, songs. Jim has given us No/Yes this week to be included in the title or lyrics.

If you fancy sharing one of your favourite songs you can find out how to participate, and also listen to all the great entries, here.

This week I chose a song by The Who, formed in London  in 1964, the year that I joined the army. Their classic line-up consisted of lead singer Roger Daltrey, guitarist and singer Pete Townsend, bass guitarist John Entwistle  and drummer Keith Moon. They are considered one of the most influential rock bands of the 20th century, selling over 100 million records worldwide.

The Who’s iconic anthem, ‘Won’t Get Fooled Again’, from the 1971 ‘Who’s Next’ album is performed here on B-Stage at Shepperton Studios on 25 May 1978. It is not the best performance there is but gives a good indication of some of the excesses that have obviously been indulged in by more than a couple of the band. Sadly this was to be the very last public performance ever by Keith Moon.

The lyrics are on the video.

In mid-1978 Keith Moon moved into Flat 12, 9 Curzon Place, Mayfair, London.  Cass Elliot of the Mamas and Papas had died there four years earlier, at the age of 32.  Harry Nilsson, who owned the flat, was concerned about letting it to Keith Moon, believing it was cursed. Townshend disagreed, assuring him that “lightning wouldn’t strike the same place twice”.

After moving in, Moon began a prescribed course of Heminevrin (Clomethiazole) to alleviate his alcohol withdrawal symptoms. He wanted to get sober, but due to his fear of psychiatric hospitals he wanted to do it at home. That particular drug is discouraged for unsupervised detoxification because of its addictive potential, its tendency to induce tolerance, and its risk of death when mixed with alcohol. The pills were prescribed by a physician who was unaware of Moon’s lifestyle.  Moon was given a bottle of 100 pills and told to take one pill when he felt a craving for alcohol but not more than three pills per day. 

By September 1978 Moon was having difficulty playing the drums, according to roadie Dave “Cy” Langston.  After seeing Moon in the studio trying to overdub drums for The Kids Are Alright, he said, “After two or three hours, he got more and more sluggish, he could barely hold a drum stick.” 

On 6 September, Moon and Annette Walter-Lax, his Swedish model girlfriend, were guests of Paul and Linda McCartney.  After dining with the McCartneys they returned to their flat.  He watched a film and asked Walter-Lax to cook him steak and eggs. When she objected, Moon replied, “If you don’t like it, you can fuck off!” These were his last words.  Moon then took 32 clomethiazole tablets. When Walter-Lax checked on him the following afternoon, she discovered he was dead. (Aged 32!)

39 thoughts on “Song Lyric Sunday – 18 October 2020 – Won’t Get Fooled Again

  1. Man. That’s so sad about Moon. I didn’t know the details…and WOW. That video is AMAZING. They never fail to make my jaw drop in the best of ways!!! My GOD they were an astoundingly brilliant band!!! Every atom in their bodies screams Rock and Roll at its finest!!! Thank You, Peter!!! Did You ever see them live? I SOOO wish I had!!! Damn! Cheers! ❤️

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      1. Thank goodness for videos!!! My man, Bill, saw MANY concerts…I mean! He has a drawer full of ticket stubs from when he was young….but somehow he never made it see them either! Yay for videos, right?!! 😃 Have a great week!

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    1. He once told his doctor:

      “I always get up about six in the morning. I have my bangers and eggs. And I drink a bottle of Dom Perignon and half a bottle of brandy. Then I take a couple of downers. Then it’s about 10 and I’ll have a nice nap until five. I get up, have a couple of black beauties [also known as Black Birds or Black Bombers and are a combination of Amphetamine (Speed) and Dextroamphetamine], some brandy, a little champagne and go out on the town. Then we boogie. We’ll wrap it up about four”.

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      1. Oh dear. WOW. Like he truly wasn’t even on the planet in many ways. I think I would have been dead in a week!!! Can’t even believe his body didn’t shut down of it’s won accord. Sigh.

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  2. Not being a great Rock n Roll follower, I didn’t know the story, but that is very sad. I wonder who next rented the flat. When I was a child we lived briefly in a house that was supposed by the local people to have a ghost. After we moved the next tenants told the same story and it came out that a man had hanged himself in the garden, so the tree was felled and some sort of purifying ceremony held. We didn’t see the ghost but the lady who was our helper told Mum that he tried to strangle her.

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  3. Very sad that Keith was such a tortured soul. The WHO is indeed a classic rock band with a legacy that lives on. I have always loved this song and quote the lyrics in my posts often. ❤

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  4. As you said, this may not be their best performance, but the video has outstanding clarity at least for the first 7 minutes till they start that light show and go into the next sing. The Who were great performers and nobody hit the drums harder than Keith Moon.

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  5. Always thought all of this is so sad about Keith Moon. 😦 Gone so soon. 😦
    I heard Mr. Rod Stewart telling old rock-n-roller stories about the 1960’s and ’70’s…he talked, of course, about all the partying they all did. Rod said he was a party-er, but Keith Moon was over the top in that area. He said he told Keith, one night, “I can’t party with you any longer. I’m exhausted. I need to go get some sleep.” Rod said they often tried to get Keith to settle down a bit, but it didn’t seem to work. 😦
    Always love listening to the Who! 🙂
    (((HUGS)))

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  6. It really is such a waste, and I can’t imagine the Moon would actually be enjoying his life if he was doing all that. It would be so depressing. Anyway, as always, this was interesting. Do you play and instrument yourself? I’m wondering because you are so into music.

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    1. I have dabbled at various times with a recorder, a bugle, a side drum, a piano, an organ, a guitar, a violin, a piano accordion, a mouth organ, a jews harp, and a mandolin. With varying degrees of success and never having mastered reading music. At the moment I have an electronic piano and a digital violin.

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      1. Mum and Dad both played the piano and because they had both been forced to have lessons they did not have any of their children do so. How I wish they had! I started formal lessons at the age of 60 but got so bored with playing practice pieces that it didn’t last long! I think that given a couple of hours I could ‘get a tune’ out of any instrument.

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      2. It’s a shame you didn’t have lessons when young. My son is a musician and did a BMus In Calgary and then a Masters in Jazz Performance at NYU. You’re obviously gifted to be able to do what you do.

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  7. The Who are my favorite rock band…PERIOD! I knew the story about Keith Moon and find this song & video to be of great irony. “Don’t Be Fooled Again” seems to be the real message for Moon’s occupancy of the “haunted” flat. Great choice! I love how Roger Daltrey’s voice has gotten deeper in pitch as he has gotten older. 🙂

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