The Movie: The Kids Are Alright (1979)
What Is It?: This isn’t a “let’s sit back and reflect nicely on what a nice band the nice, old Who were” documentary.” This is complete anarchy. There are no gestures toward chronology, or telling the story of the band properly, or finding out what The Who’s colleagues thought of them (aside from a barely coherent rant from Tommy filmmaker Ken Russell). This is a movie in which Keith Moon conducts an interview while wearing a leather mask and getting whipped by a dominatrix. This is a movie in which John Entwistle goes skeet shooting with his collection of gold records (which he later joked were Roger Daltrey’s solo albums). This is a movie in which a really, really drunk Pete Townshend regales his drummer with a side-splitting story about how his doctor warned him that he’s going deaf. This is The Kids Are Alright. Put it on your television. Then throw your television out the window.
Why Today?: On this day in 1967, The Who appeared on The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour, which would be used as the first sequence in The Kids Are Alright a dozen years later.