The Who release "My Generation" - 3rd December 1965
Townshend's instrument-smashing became integral to their live performances.
The Who release "My Generation"
3 December 1965
"My Generation" was the moment where The Who arrived as a rock band. The stuttering and aggressive vocal spoke of a pent up and frustrated youth who were struggling to find a voice. The single eventually made it to number two in the UK, in spite of the fact that initially the BBC refused to play the single because of the suggestion of the f-word in the line "why don't you all just f-f-f-.....fade away." The single was an early sign of the rebellious attitude that would pre-empt the punk movement by a decade.