Long Live Rock (Pete Townshend) Towser Tunes, Inc./Fabulous Music, Ltd./ABKCO Music, Inc., BMI

From the "Odds & Sods" liner notes by Brian Cady.

Produced by The Who and associate producer Glyn Johns at Olympic Studios, Barnes June 5, 1972.

"Well there are dozens of these self conscious hymns to the last fifteen years appearing now and here's another one. This was featured briefly in the film for which Keith made his acting debut, That'll Be The Day. Billy Fury sang it. This is most definitely the definitive version. I had an idea once for a new album about the history of The Who called ROCK IS DEAD - LONG LIVE ROCK. That idea later blossomed into QUADROPHENIA."
--Pete Townshend

Pete said further that Rock Is Dead -- Long Live Rock was not only going to be an album but also a television special.

"Long Live Rock" was released as a single from Odds & Sods only in Italy, Israel and Japan in November 1974. A general release as a single came in 1979 when it was pulled from The Kids Are Alright soundtrack album. In Britain, it came out 1 April 1979 and went to #48; in the U.S. July 7, 1979 was when it hit the charts, going to #54 in Billboard and #66 in Cash Box.

The Who began performing it live August 11, 1972 and it was revived occasionally, most notably during the 1982 tour where it appeared on the Who's Last album. 

Track 17 on the 1998 Odds & Sods CD in a remix that resembles the original LP's mix and is different from the mix on The Kids Are Alright and the 30 Years Of Maximum R&B boxset.

 

Down at the Astoria the scene was changing,
Bingo and rock were pushing out X-rating,
We were the first band to vomit in the bar,
And find the distance to the stage too far,
Meanwhile it's getting late at ten o'clock,
Rock is dead they say,
Long live rock.

Long live rock, I need it every night,
Long live rock, come on and join the line,
Long live rock, be it dead or alive.

People walk in sideways pretending that they're leaving,
We put on our makeup and work out all the lead-ins,
Jack is in the alley selling tickets made in Hong Kong,
Promoter's in the pay box wondering where the band's gone,
Back in the pub the governor stops the clock,
Rock is dead, they say,
Long live rock.

Long live rock, I need it every night,
Long live rock, come on and join the line,
Long live rock, be it dead or alive.

Landslide, rocks are falling,
Falling down 'round our very heads,
We tried but you were yawning,
Look again, rock is dead, rock is dead, rock is dead.

The place is really jumping to the high-watt amps,
'Til a 20-inch cymbal fell and cut the lamps,
In the blackout they dance right into the aisle,
And as the doors fly open even the promoter smiles,
Someone takes his pants off and the rafters knock,
Rock is dead, they say,
Long live rock, long live rock, long live rock.

Long live rock, long live rock, long live rock,
Long live rock, long live rock, long live rock.

Long live rock, I need it every night,
Long live rock, come on and join the line,
Long live rock, be it dead or alive.

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