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Eminence Front - The Who

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Um, Pete Townshend the usual vocalist...

EMINENCE FRONT 5'39

(Pete Townshend) 1982 Towser Tunes, Inc., administered by Longitude Music Co., BMI

Synthesizer: Pete Townshend Electric Piano: Tim Gorman

A remarkably prescient study of what would later be known as the Decade of Greed. It was released as a 7-inch and 12-inch single in the U.S. with b-side "One At A Time" reaching the charts December 25, 1982 and peaking at #68 in the Billboard charts and #77 in Cash Box. "Eminence Front" was to have been released in the U.K. as WHO 7 but it was cancelled at the last minute. A video version with a different take of the song was shot backstage at the Capital Center in Landover, Maryland September 22, 1982. A mistake in Pete's vocals at 2'38 on the original was corrected on the 1997 version and his vocal was centered in the mix instead of hard right as it was in the original. John's bass line on the 1997 version is from a different take and is mixed higher. The intellectual firebrand Camille Paglia said, "I would cite the Who's magnificent, rumbling 'Eminence Front', with its penetrating insights into psychology and politics, as an example of what an evolved punk can and should achieve."

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Pete sings this particular song. In the video, Roger is playing the rhythm guitar part. I love the key change in the middle of the song and the keyboard part throughout.

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