Who Are You is the eighth studio album by English rock band the Who, released on 18 August 1978 by Polydor Records in the United Kingdom and MCA Records in the United States. Who Are You was the Who's last album to feature Keith Moon as their drummer; Moon died three weeks after the album's release.
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Who, who, who, who?) I really want to know (Who are you? . Who Are You was written about meeting Steve Jones and Paul Cook of the Sex Pistols after an awful 13-hour encounter with Allan Klein who, in my personal opinion, is the awesome rock leech-godfather. In one sense the song is more about the demands of new friendship than blood-letting challenge. Roger’s aggressive reading of my nihilistic lyric redirected its function by the simple act of singing Who the fuck are you. when I had written Who, who, who are you. Steve and Paul became real ‘mates’ of mine in the English sense. We socialized a few times.
Who Are You", composed by Pete Townshend, is the title track on The Who's 1978 release, Who Are You, the last album released before drummer Keith Moon's death in September 1978. It was released as a double-A sided single with the John Entwistle composition "Had Enough", also featured on the album.
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Who Are You was released in the UK on 18 August 1978 (Polydor 2490 147 WHOD 5004) where it reached as a CD in the 1980s (Polydor 831 557-2), and as a remixed and remastered CD (Polydor 533 845-2) in 1996. It was re-issued on vinyl in 2012. Keith Moon’s unfortunate death on 7 September 1978, completely overshadowed the release of Who Are You. Ironically, he is photographed on the cover sitting on a chair with the words Not To Be Taken Away emblazoned on its back. Bonus tracks on 1996 remastered CD.
On the Who's final album with Keith Moon, their trademark honest power started to get diluted by fatigue and a sense that the group's collective vision was beginning to fade. As instrumentalists, their skills were intact. More problematic was the erratic quality of the material, which seemed torn between blustery attempts at contemporary relevance ("Sister Disco," "New Song," "Music Must Change") and bittersweet insecurity ("Love Is Coming Down").
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|A||Who Are You
Written-By – Townshend*
Written-By – Entwistle*
- Distributed By – Phonogram Recordings Pty. Limited
- Producer – Glyn Johns
NotesIn company sleeve.
On record labels:
Distributed by Phonogram Recordings Pty. Limited
Made in Australia.
Barcode and Other Identifiers
- Matrix / Runout (Side A label): 2121 361 A
- Matrix / Runout (Side B label): 2121 361 B
- Matrix / Runout (Side A runout): 2121 361A/2
- Matrix / Runout (Side B runout): 2121 361A/1
|WHO 1||The Who||Had Enough / Who Are You (7", Single)||Polydor||WHO 1||UK||1978|
|WHO 1, 2121 361||The Who||Had Enough / Who Are You (7", Inj)||Polydor, Polydor||WHO 1, 2121 361||UK||1978|
|PB 6234||The Who||Who Are You (7")||RCA Italiana||PB 6234||Italy||1978|
|40948||The Who||Had Enough / Who Are You (7", Single)||MCA Records||40948||Canada||1980|
|2121 361||The Who||Had Enough / Who Are You (7", Single)||Polydor||2121 361||France||1978|
|A5||Music Must Change|
|B1||Trick Of The Light|
|B2||Guitar And Pen|
|B3||Love Is Coming Down|
|B4||Who Are You|
- Phonographic Copyright (p) – MCA Records, Inc.
- Copyright (c) – MCA Records, Inc.
NotesOriginal release. Paper labels instead of onshell printing.
|WHOD 5004, 2490 147||The Who||Who Are You (LP, Album)||Polydor, Polydor||WHOD 5004, 2490 147||UK||1978|
|2417 325||The Who||Who Are You (LP, Album)||Polydor||2417 325||Germany||1978|
|UICY-20425||The Who = ザ・フー*||The Who = ザ・フー* - Who Are You = フー・アー・ユー+5 (CD, Album, RE, RM, SHM)||Polydor||UICY-20425||Japan||2013|
|2480 467||The Who||Who Are You (LP, Album)||Polydor||2480 467||New Zealand||1978|
|SD 16610||The Who||Who Are You (LP, Album, RE, RM)||MCA Records||SD 16610||US||1980|