27 April 2006

8+

"A Quick One, While He's Away" by The Who which clocks in at 9:11

This is probably the only time you'll see The Who on EAR FARM but as far as lengthy songs go, this one is a rather unheralded classic. It's a good solid six songs rolled up into one and was written back when bands like The Beatles could only figure out how to fit two (maybe three) songs into one. So why didn't "A Quick One, While He's Away" ever become a well known classic like so many other Who songs?

Look, I can't answer that. I can tell you that it's a song that was WELL ahead of its time and the version of it that you'll find on The Rolling Stones - Rock and Roll Circus is about as good as it gets. Sadly, for you, I couldn't find that version in my own library so you've got to get by with the studio version that's posted here.

And if The Who just isn't your thing, check out THIS MySpace profile instead. Monstrass is the new black.

(photo is the cover of the album this song is from - buy it HERE)

EAR FARM's 8+ is a weekly feature that showcases songs longer than 8 minutes. In the recent past these songs were featured on EF's 8+:
British Sea Power - "Lately"
Islands - "Swans"
Isolée - "Pillowtalk"
Animal Collective - "Banshee Beat"
Wilderness - "Post Plethoric Rhetoric"
The Wedding Present - "Interstate 5"
Sleater-Kinney - "Let's Call It Love"
My Morning Jacket - "Dondante"
Wilco - "Spiders (Kidsmoke)"
Isis - "From Sinking"
Lemon Jelly - "A Tune For Jack"
Herbie Hancock - "Sly"
New Order - "Temptation"
Polvo - "El Rocio"
Pulp - "Countdown"
Morrissey - "The Teachers Are Afraid of the Pupils"
Dungen - "Du är för fin för mig"
Loose Fur - "Wreckroom"

5 comments:

brian said...

I know (and love) this one from the Rushmore soundtrack - it's used really well there.

Matt said...

you know, because i knew this song before that movie and because i've not actually seen Rushmore that many times, i totally forgot about that.

good point, it was used well (all of the music was) in that movie

Anonymous said...

The version of A Quick One that's heard in the film RUSHMORE is a Un-Used version from from The ROLLING STONES ROCK n ROLL CIRCUS!!I was blown away the first time I heard this hidden gem (RUSHMORE VER.) for the first time because I have always DUG the KIDS Are ALRIGHT/R.Stones R.R.Circus version....it's SO NICE THEY PLAYED IT TWICE!!!PEACE!!!! HenryPonds

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