Who Are You (5:07)

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The unedited version of The Who’s hit song Who Are You. Released in 1978, this song is considered to be one of the greatest songs in rock history.

Who Are You”, composed by Pete Townshend, is the title track on The Who’s 1978 release, Who Are You, the last album released before drummer Keith Moon’s death in September 1978. It was released as a double-A sided single with the John Entwistle composition “Had Enough”, also featured on the album. The song became one of the band’s biggest US hits, peaking at #14.

The album version includes an extra verse compared to the much shorter single. Additionally, a “lost verse” mix of the song was released on the 1996 reissue of Who Are You, with a completely different second verse: “I used to check my reflection / Jumping with my cheap guitar / I must have lost my direction, cause I ended up a superstar/ One night I was in the boardroom/ Affected by the human race/ You can learn from my mistakes, but you’re posing in the glass again”.

The song is unusual in that it contains two instances of the word “fuck” — at 2:16 and 5:43 (at 2:14 and 4:27 in the single edit version) — yet has been played frequently in its entirety on rock radio stations. The expletives, while not clearly enunciated and slightly obscured by Moon’s drum fills, are nevertheless quite audible. This led to some controversy when ABC’s unedited broadcast of The Who’s Live 8 performance retained them.


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  • germanrock


    8 Dec 5:35pm Reply
  • Moonlight_Dawn


    11 Nov 6:03am Reply
  • IgIanBarrett

    Пацанский рэп от The Who.

    16 Oct 1:56pm Reply
  • Irlandese64

    This song is why my parents bought me my own stereo--with headphones. Commence hearing loss!

    25 Jul 6:47pm Reply
  • marjo47

    great song and band ofcourse, which make you still think, even today...who, who?

    22 May 2:29pm Reply
  • theironictea


    15 May 7:10pm Reply
  • nicorebel

    amazing tune

    18 Feb 9:47am Reply
  • Harboni


    7 Feb 7:00am Reply
  • davermcd909

    Who the F... are U??

    22 Jan 11:08pm Reply
  • BreedTheKiller

    Who who

    4 Jan 1:32pm Reply
  • Taiteki

    Such a damn good song. I think I'm starting to shake the CSI effect, thank goodness.

    20 Nov 2013 Reply
  • bicknor

    The Doctor? Surely not, especially in a Soho doorway............

    9 Nov 2013 Reply
  • xxxvanessaxx

    R.I.P. keith moon...with his death "the who" fell apart... [2]

    7 Nov 2013 Reply
  • l3ft7y

    loop the beginning and smoke pot to it

    13 Oct 2013 Reply
  • Hmmhmmhootho

    a ko si ti?

    7 Oct 2013 Reply
  • humph1

    does any one out there know the answer to this one?

    25 Sep 2013 Reply
  • gnotehead

    "I woke up in a Soho doorway A policeman knew my name He said 'You can go sleep at home tonight If you can get up and walk away' I staggered back to the underground And the breeze blew back my hair I remember throwin' punches around And preachin' from my chair..." --> epic! [2]

    20 Sep 2013 Reply
  • Taiteki

    Dammit, I used to love this great song, but now when it plays that stupid show keeps popping in my head. Fuck CSI and any other show that ruins classics like this.

    12 Sep 2013 Reply

    Their last truly great track.

    8 Aug 2013 Reply
  • robotron_2084

    Daltrey is a saint. This is my favorite track from these guys by far.

    27 Jul 2013 Reply
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