This album is a bootleg recorded at the infamous Who concert in Cincinnati, OH on December 3, 1979. Eleven people were trampled or suffocated to death trying to get into this concert, hence the tasteful title of this bootleg: "Stampede." True class, that. This would have been enough for me to consider putting it on this page, but I had other incentives as well.

Most bootlegs aren't exactly of the highest quality; typically recorded on small, easily concealed tape recorders with poor quality microphones in positions that don't generally lend themselves to faithful reception of the sound waves eminating from the stage.

This is of course the case for this album, though it's not the worst I've heard. The thing that makes this bootleg dear to my heart is the running commentary from the bootlegger and his comrades, all of whom I estimate to be about 17 years old. Generally indecipherable chatter about the lighting, the music and other incredibly annoying interruptions are scattered across the grooves of this album. Hey, fellas, if you're going to record a bootleg it'd be nice if you could try to keep quiet.

The real pinnacle of this comes in the middle of "My Wife" on Side 2, which I have immortalized in the following audio clip (warning: may cause you to "question authority"):

Teenage Wasteland

In 1969, The Who played at Woodstock. Everything was peace, love, dove, smiling on your brother, almost cutting your hair, flower power, smoking an awful lot of dope, and listening to Joni Mitchell albums. Sure, it was stupid, but at least it was stupid in the right direction. Ten years later: A song about a guy running away from a dominating wife causes teenagers to become anarchists! I guess this is what happens after a decade of Disco.

 

Track List (typos are theirs, not mine)

  1. Interview: Peter Townsend
  2. Substitute
  3. Can't Explain
  4. Baba O'Riley
  5. Punk Meets Godfather
  6. My Wife
  7. Music Must Change
  8. Behind Blue Eyes
  9. Drowned
  10. Who Are You
  11. Five Fifteen
  12. Pinball Wizard
  13. My Generation
  14. Epilogue

 

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