Reviews in 200 Words

Trainer Track #1: "Eminence Front," The Who

In Trainer Track on July 5, 2011 at 8:12 pm


Exercise and music have gone hand in hand since the days when Jane Fonda ruled the VCR. Exercise — running especially — lends itself to listening. Music urges us on, keeps us going, sets our pace. With that in mind, Beat Jab Reviews introduces a new feature: “Trainer Tracks.” Now and again we’ll give you 100 words about songs we think you should be listening to when you lace up your shoes and hit the pavement.

First in the ring is the song “Eminence Front” by The Who.

This isn’t “My Generation.” Or “Pinball Wizard.” Or “Baba O’Riley” (although that song would be a great song to exercise to). “Eminence Front” is The Who channeling Talking Heads. It’s got the baseline to end all baselines. Hiding behind a racket of guitars and synthesizers is the Tinker Bell echo of an electric keyboard setting the pace. It’s the only song from the 1982 album “It’s Hard” that The Who ever played live (for good reason) – a great song from a mediocre album. Best of all, unlike the poseurs Townsend describes in his lyrics, it doesn’t wear out it’s welcome.

~ Jay Cullis

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