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For Whotles, the Bell Tolls

I wish I had the foresight to copyright the idea and name of the Whotles when I first came up with the idea and blogged about it. Now the Whotles – Roger Daltrey, Pete Townshend, Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr – are all over the place. For example, a ‘live CD’ was recently listed on Ebay. Understandably, nobody was keen to shell out the ‘Buy It Now’ asking price of US$10,000. But the set list was interesting:

  1. When I Was 64
  2. Won't Get Fooled On A Hill Again
  3. Hello… Who Are You… Goodbye
  4. Baba O’Rigby
  5. Sgt. Pinball Pepper
  6. Behind Yellow Eyes
  7. Ob-La-Di, Ob-Baba-Da
  8. Magic Submarine
  9. PS I Love Your Squeezebox
  10. Lady Madonna, Who Are You
  11. See Me Help Me
  12. Here Comes The Magic Bus
  13. Call Me Beethoven
  14. Tommy, You Won't See Me
  15. You Better Get Back
  16. Revolution 515
  17. Hey Jude I Can See Your Eminence Front
  18. She’s A Bargain
  19. Baby, You’re A Substitute
  20. The Ballad Of John And John And Keith And George

Closer inspection shows more care could have been taken, however. From a comedy point of view, chose which Baba O’Reilly gag you want to make and use it (preferably, the best one – although it’s a hard call between Baba O’Rigby and Ob-La-Di, Ob-Baba-Da; Ob-La-Di, Baba-Da sounds just a bit better than the latter, but I think I like Baba O’Rigby better). The Magic Bus reference never worked in either instance – in fact, most of the offerings are a bit ‘first draft’. Here are some that I came up with:

Come Join Together (this should be the ‘title track’ of the album, clearly)
Magical Mystery Tour Bus
One After 515
Who Are You? I Am The Walrus
You’ve Got To Hide Your Eminence Front
See Me Feel Fine
I’m Looking Through Your Pictures Of Lilly
Come And Get Fooled Again

ADDENDUM - November 20, 2008

At the time of writing this blog, I had no idea – that is to say, no recollection – that I’d already come up with some of the song titles some months earlier in reply to someone who commented on the initial Whotles-related blog. I only discovered it now in the process of copying the URL of that blog for a publicist who has just announced the Who’s latest Aussie tour! Who knows – I may have even inspired the e-bayer.

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