The Who's 50 Greatest Songs

From power-pop anthems to operatic epics to stadium-size rockers and beyond

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42. "Let's See Action" (Non-album single, 1971)

Released between the twin towers of Who's Next and Quadrophenia, this non-LP track, sung tag-team over acoustic guitar and boogie-woogie- flavored piano by Nicky Hopkins, found Townshend in an unusually activist state of mind. He was inspired partly by the teachings of Meher Baba (see its "everything is nothing" mantra), and later described the song as being "about the people who act in a revolution, and the people that sit back. I thought it also said a lot about the way we forget our souls most of the time." A fascinating demo version surfaced in 1972 on Townshend's solo debut, Who Came First.

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