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The High Numbers

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Shepherd's Bush, West London, United Kingdom (1964 – 1964)

The High Numbers was a short-lived alternate name used by The Who at the outset of their career. The name change occurred at the behest of music publicist Peter Meaden, who wanted to make them known as a band. “High numbers” was a reference to T-shirts with number designs, a coveted mod fashion item at the time. The band consisted of the same line-up as The Who: Roger Daltrey (vocals), Pete Townshend (guitar), John Entwistle (bass), and Keith Moon (drums). After their first single failed to chart, they reverted to The Who.

Both sides of their only official single release, Zoot Suit / I’m the Face (released on major mod label Fontana in 1964), were works of plagiarism; respectively, “Zoot Suit” and “I’m the Face” were Meaden’s reworkings of “Misery” by The Dynamics, and “I Got Love If You Want It” by Slim Harpo. Both were well-known mod songs; by all accounts, angered mods were the primary cause the single’s failure. The band quickly broke off their association with Meaden, and would shortly earn the mods’ affection, and indeed became one of the most emblematic “mod” bands of all time.

In 1974, The Who released the album Quadrophenia, their second rock opera, its lyrical subject matter being a search for identity during the heyday of the mods. Fittingly, lyrical references to “I’m the Face” and “Zoot Suit” appeared in the songs “Cut My Hair” and “Sea and Sand”, respectively. “Zoot Suit” later appeared on the soundtrack for the film adaptation of Quadrophenia, whereas the two aforementioned album cuts were used only in abridged forms.

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  • Bastard1

    It's either a bad joke or they're stupid, so they lose either way.

    1 Mar 2013 Reply
  • judastgm

    @BigA2 Are you joking?

    19 Jan 2013 Reply
  • ScreamyBoy

    @BigA2 lol

    3 Oct 2012 Reply
  • watchintv

    lmfao

    12 Aug 2012 Reply
  • BigA2

    Shame this obscure mod band didn't go on to bigger things. Seems like they had a lot of potential.

    12 May 2012 Reply
  • rewixas

    Dance To Keep From Crying

    25 Nov 2011 Reply
  • JizzleWright

    wtf is with those plays

    25 Oct 2011 Reply
  • Druid66

    This was when The Who were at their most old-school Mod, and 'twas real horrorshow, too, my droogies.

    1 Sep 2011 Reply
  • TREMOLO69

    i'm happy they aren't merged. it sorta shows who the real Who fans are ;)

    13 Apr 2011 Reply
  • Harfang

    I'm actually surprised they aren't merged with The Who. [2] I'm not gonna change my Leaving Here and Here 'Tis tags to say High Numbers, but I want the stuff to scrobble correctly...

    24 Mar 2011 Reply
  • ayeayes

    I'm actually surprised they aren't merged with The Who.

    12 Nov 2010 Reply
  • missbarry

    Zoot Suit <3

    22 Sep 2010 Reply
  • doctorjmo

    ...that's y i'm a mod.c!!

    24 Jun 2010 Reply
  • gisterino

    quando si dice la classe non é water...THE WHO

    20 Jan 2010 Reply
  • whythe60shateus

    youtube related to i can't explain or thirty years of maximum r&b

    5 Jan 2010 Reply
  • KnowsMyMind

    their verison of ohh pooh pah do is class... LET ME TELL YOU 'BOUT OOH POOH PAH DO

    5 Dec 2009 Reply
  • whythe60shateus

    Gotta Dance to Keep From Crying <3

    20 Oct 2009 Reply
  • Sara614

    Umm, actually they *did* take over the world. :)

    12 Oct 2009 Reply
  • HPK0

    You can find only two songs by The High Numbers on the Who album "Quadrophenia". These are "Zoot Suit" and the bonus track "I'm The Face". I'm sorry to say, that it isn't possible to find a pure High Numbers-CD in any shops or stores.

    21 Jul 2009 Reply
  • fi_moon

    a maior banda do mundo .

    13 Jul 2009 Reply
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