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Baba O' Riley
The Who
Who 1971 Baba O Riley 45

Don't cry
Don't raise your eye
It's only teenage wasteland

Peak Chart Position
  • the song was released as a single, but failed to chart on the Billboard Hot 100
  • from The Who's fifth studio album, Who's Next (1971)
  • the song was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
  • Dave Arbus plays the memorable violin solo on this track; Arbus was a friend of the band's drummer Keith Moon
  • on the record:
       Roger Daltrey- lead vocals
       Pete Townshend- lead vocals (middle eight), synthesizer, piano, guitar
       John Entwistle- bass guitar
       Keith Moon- drums
       Dave Arbus- violin
  • the words in the title "Baba O'Riley" are never heard in the song
  • ranks #349 on Rolling Stone magazine's 2010 list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time
  • "Baba O' Riley" is used as the theme song for the TV drama series C.S.I. Miami;  the other two C.S.I. TV programs also use tracks from THE WHO for their theme songs
  • the song is often referred to as "Teenage Wasteland" which actually was a working title for the song
  • written by Pete Townshend; Townshend originally wrote "Baba O'Riley" for his Lifehouse project, a rock opera that was to be the follow-up to The Who's 1969 rock opera "Tommy"
  • produced by The Who, Glyn Johns
  • recorded at Olympic Studios, London
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