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To keep in line with all these contest going on here, I'm gonna try and post an interesting music trivia question every night (but maybe not cuz I keep falling asleep on the couch.) I have no fabulous prizes to offer, but hey, you might learn something, and isn't that the best prize of all?

Here's question #1.

What's the story behind the synthesizer tones at the beginning of The Who's 'Baba O'Reilly'?

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One of the best albums of all time. Search for the answer folks before Jaimoe gets on here.

It gives me love, power, hope, good sensations

"Teenage Wasteland" - the best therapy in this fucking world...........and I havent been a teenager since 87. Ok, ok ok. I Am A Child.

"THEY'RE ALL WASTED!"

Anyone else ever see that > Tomorrow Never Knows?

Great contest AD.

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It's done with a synth. Townshend lifted the synth beginning from his own demo and used it to create The Who's: " Baba O'Reilly " - you can hear various versions of " Baba " on on Townshend's " Psychoderelict " album - listed as " Meher Baba M3 ", " M4 " and " M5 ". Note: the beginnings of " Won't Get Fooled Again " and " Bargain " are done the same way - using Townshend-sampled synth recordings.

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Hey AD. Buy and/or watch: " The Making of Who's Next " video/DVD: Who's Next. It's also part of the Classic Albums program on VH1 and MuchMoreMusic. You ask: " ...why the melody is the way it is "? I think you'd have to ask Townshend for that answer. I know it's part of a longer piece - I know that he looped the original synth recording. You can see Townshend on: " The Making of Who's Next " playing the same synth and listening to the original master demo tapes. It's a great documentary of one of the finest albums of them all.

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Alright, it seems like this question was poorly worded, so here's the answer I have

Pete Townshend - "This was a number I wrote while I was doing these experiments with tapes on the synthesizer. Among my plans was to take a person out of the audience and feed information - height, weight, autobiographical details - about the person into the synthesizer. The synthesizer would then select notes from the pattern of that person. It would be like translating a person into music. On this particular track I programmed details about the life of Meher Baba and that provided the backing for the number."

Question #2 to come tomorrow. I'll phrase it better.

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All the songs off " Who's Next " and most of them from " Odds & Sodds " were part of Townshend's failed conceptual album: Lifefhouse. I think you know this AD. A great lost Who song like " Mary " was accidently destroyed in a fire - it would have been a great Who's Next classic. Instead, you can find a demo version on Townshend's "Scoop" album. Highly recommended.

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