I was examining the dusty halls of my website, and I realized my section on the Who is seriously lacking. It’s not for lack of love, merely an oversight soon to be corrected. “The Seeker” is one of my favorite Who songs. It’s a hard driving philosophical rock fest that is half serious/half parody. When I was 17, I was more interested in the serious side; Pete Townshend’s search for the meaning of life and death expressed through Roger Daltry’s howling lungs, Keith Moon’s insane bashing, and John Entwistle’s flute like bass playing. As a 27 year old, I’m more interested in the parody side. The song almost seems to be the story of your average rock and roll fan, searching for enlightenment and meaning through the dominant pop culture icons of the age; the Beatles, Bob Dylan, and Timothy Leary. Pete himself must have come across tons of these people asking him for guidance seeing him as another rock and roll prophet. The whole concept is brilliant, and the raucous music matches the abstract flair. The music video itself below is also an awesome example of pop art perfection with dramatic closeups of the members and stylized lyrics splashing the screen. Enjoy.
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