5. 'The Who Sell Out'
The success of the mini-opera "A Quick One, While He's Away" made Pete Townshend think big while he plotted out the Who's third album. Inspired by the pirate radio stations docked near England, he wrote a series of songs linked together by fake commercials for actual products like Heinz Baked Beans and Odorono deodorant. Songs like "Tattoo" and "Mary Anne with the Shaky Hands" are fantastically weird, while "I Can See for Miles" may be the greatest song that Townshend wrote in the 1960s. He was absolutely crushed when it failed to become a big hit in America.
The Who Sell Out wraps up with "Rael," which contains the musical seeds of a story about a blind, deaf and dumb boy that would transform the Who into one of the biggest bands on Earth.