6. 'A Quick One'
A Quick One, the Who's second album, is built around the rather flawed premise that all four members of the band should contribute to the songwriting process. John Entwistle rose to the challenge with "Whiskey Man" and "Boris the Spider." The latter became his signature song; he wore a spider necklace for decades. Keith Moon wrote the madcap instrumental "Cobwebs and Strangers," featuring all four members of the band on different wind instruments. Roger Daltrey's only tune is "See My Way," a rather forgettable ditty that the group never even played live.
Needless to say, Pete Townshend's songs are the best. "So Sad About Us" is an overlooked masterpiece, while the nine-minute mini-opera "A Quick One, While He's Away" paved the way for all the rock operas that followed. It proved that Townshend had bigger things on his mind than short pop singles. It was also explosive onstage and became the highlight of their gigs for years.