June 20, 2021

The Dirty Jobs

Piano by Chris Stainton. Stainton, replacing the usual Who-keyboardists Nicky Hopkins or Al Kooper, was an ex-member of Joe Cocker’s Grease Band.  

Pete Townshend: "Suitably disenchanted with his former religion Rock & Roll, he gets a job as a dustman. Unfortunately, his extremely left-wing views are not appreciated by his work mates and he passes on to greater things. No sound effects were available to get the stink across so we used a brass band. Incongruous enough?"  

Roger Daltrey: "He gets a job as a dustman like most kids have to do when they leave school at fifteen. There’s nothing much else. He gets pissed off with that. Of course, when you do something that stinks there’s always a lot of other stinky things around. And he gets mixed up with the stinkiest thing of all, politics!"

Dropped from the live act after one performance on October 28, 1973 and not revived until 1996.