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Eminence Front (Pete Townshend) Towser Tunes, Inc. (adm. by Longitude Music Co.) - BMI

A remarkably prescient study of what would later be known as the Decade of Greed. It was released as a 7-inch and 12-inch single in the U.S. with b-side "One At A Time" reaching the charts December 25, 1982 and peaking at #68 in the Billboard charts and #77 in Cash Box. "Eminence Front" was to have been released in the U.K. as WHO 7 but it was cancelled at the last minute. A video version with a different take of the song was shot backstage at the Capital Center in Landover, Maryland September 22, 1982. A mistake in Pete's vocals at 2'38 on the original was corrected on the 1997 version and his vocal was centered in the mix instead of hard right as it was in the original.

John's bass line on the 1997 version is from a different take and is mixed higher. The intellectual firebrand Camille Paglia said, "I would cite the Who's magnificent, rumbling 'Eminence Front', with its penetrating insights into psychology and politics, as an example of what an evolved punk can and should achieve." Click here to see the original lyric sheet: Eminence Front.

According to R. Rowley, the background music is played on a Yamaha E70 organ. Click here for more details.

The 1 shines
And people forget
The spray flies as the speedboat glides
And people forget
Forget they're hiding
The girls smile
And people forget
The snow packs as the skier tracks
And people forget
Forget they're hiding.

Behind an eminence front
Eminence front - It's a put on.

Come on join the party
Dress to kill
Won't you come and join the party
Dress to kill.

The drinks flow
People forget
That big wheel spins, the hair thins
People forget
Forget they're hiding
The news slows
People forget
The shares crash, hopes are dashed
People forget
Forget they're hiding.

Behind an eminence front
Eminence front - it's a put on
Come on join the party
Dress to
Come on join the party
Dress to
Come on join the party
Dress to
Come on join the party
Dress to kill
Dress yourself, dressed to kill.

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