Don’t Let Go the Coat – The Who

The is who unarguably one of most iconic Rock Bands in Music History, but by 1981 The Arena Glam Rock of the 70′s had faded, Keith Moon had died, and the who pushed on. This is one of those “Pushed on” era tunes.Musically, “Don’t Let Go the Coat” has a country rock flavor. Authors Steve Grantley and Alan Parker describe the guitar sound as being similar to that of The Pretenders, and note that the Pete Townshend’s guitar solo has Spanish inflections. John Atkins acknowledges that the song is melodic, but claims that it is bland and notes that it has less energy than “You Better You Bet” Grantley and Parker, while praising the “pristine production” by Bill Szymczyk, note that the song “never really gets out of first gear. That said, the song is oddly catchy.  Modest hit would be understatement. #84 in the US and #43 in the UK – despite the mediocre chart performance, Townshend did manage to a right a catch kinda pop rock song – and it still has the trademark “The Who” vocal sound with Daltry being back up by Pete.

 

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