The Who - Face Dances 12" Vinyl LP Album

The Untold Story Behind "Face Dances."

The Who's "Face Dances" (1981) stands as a testament to the band's resilience. Post-Keith Moon, the album embraced new wave influences, delivering hits like "You Better You Bet." A departure from their hard rock roots, it showcased a mature musicality, resonating with a broad audience.


large album front cover photo of: he Who Face Dances 12" Vinyl LP Album

Album Description:

The year was 1981, and The Who, one of rock's legendary bands, embarked on a creative endeavor that would shape the landscape of their discography—the release of "Face Dances." Following the tragic death of their iconic drummer Keith Moon in 1978, the band faced the challenge of redefining their sound with the inclusion of drummer Kenney Jones.

"Face Dances" marked a departure from the band's earlier hard rock sound, incorporating elements of new wave and synthesizers. The album's creation unfolded against a backdrop of both excitement and uncertainty, as the band navigated the intricate dynamics of adapting to a new member while striving for a fresh musical direction.

Pete Townshend, the band's guitarist and principal songwriter, played a pivotal role in shaping the album's thematic depth. His introspective lyrics delved into personal struggles and the complexities of the human experience. Songs like "You Better You Bet" and "Don't Let Go the Coat" showcased a more mature and refined musicality, resonating with both existing fans and a new wave audience.

Despite facing initial skepticism from some die-hard fans, "Face Dances" achieved commercial success and marked a significant chapter in The Who's evolution. It was an album that encapsulated the band's resilience and ability to adapt, proving that even in the face of loss, they could create music that resonated across generations.

Notes:  "Face Dances" was the first full new album The Who made with drummer Kenney Jones as a replacement for Keith Moon.

Music Genre:

 English Progressive Rock

Album Production Information:

 The album: "Face Dances" was produced by: Bill Szymczyck

Record Label Information:

 Polydor 2311 065


  This album includes the original custom inner sleeve with album details, complete lyrics of all songs by The WHO and photos. 

Media Format:

 12" Vinyl Full-Length Stereo Long-Play  Gramophone Record
Album weight: 230 gram  

Year & Country:

 1981 Made in West-Germany
Band Members and Musicians on: The Who Face Dances
    Band-members, Musicians and Performers
  • Roger Daltrey - vocals, harmonica
  • Pete Townshend - guitars, keyboards, vocals
  • John Entwistle - bass guitar, vocals
  • Kenney Jones - drums
  • John "Rabbit" Bundrick - keyboards, synthesizer
Track Listing of: "Face Dances"

The Song/tracks on "Face Dances" are

  • You Better You Bet 5:36
  • Don't Let Go the Coat 3:44
  • Cache Cache 3:57
  • The Quiet One (John Entwistle) 3:10
  • Did You Steal My Money 4:11
  • How Can You Do It Alone 5:26
  • Daily Records 3:27
  • You (Entwistle) 4:31
  • Another Tricky Day 4:55

The Who: Pioneers of Raw, Socially Conscious Rock Music History.

THE WHO Band Description:

The Who is a legendary British rock band formed in London in 1964. The band's original lineup consisted of four members, including Pete Townshend on guitar, Roger Daltrey on lead vocals, John Entwistle on bass guitar, and Keith Moon on drums. Over the course of their career, The Who produced some of the most iconic songs in rock music history, such as "My Generation," "Pinball Wizard," and "Won't Get Fooled Again."

The Who's early sound was heavily influenced by the British Invasion and R&B music, but they quickly established themselves as a unique and innovative force in rock music. One of the hallmarks of The Who's sound was their use of distortion and feedback, which helped create a raw, aggressive sound that was both powerful and thrilling. The band was also known for their high-energy live performances, which often included explosive pyrotechnics and destructive stage antics.

In addition to their unique sound and live performances, The Who also became known for their socially conscious lyrics. Many of their songs addressed issues such as teenage rebellion, disillusionment with authority, and the horrors of war. Their album "Quadrophenia" is a rock opera that tells the story of a young man's struggle to find his place in society, and it remains a classic of the genre.

Despite their success, The Who also faced their fair share of struggles and tragedies. In 1967, the band's first manager, Kit Lambert, was arrested for drug possession, which led to a decline in the band's fortunes. In 1978, Keith Moon died of a drug overdose, which was a devastating blow to the band and their fans. However, The Who continued to produce music and tour throughout the 1980s and 1990s, and their legacy as one of the greatest rock bands of all time remains secure.

One of the most impressive aspects of The Who's music is the sheer range of styles and genres they were able to incorporate into their sound. Their early music was heavily influenced by R&B and the British Invasion, but they also experimented with psychedelia and progressive rock. Their later music incorporated elements of punk and new wave, as well as more traditional rock and roll. Through it all, The Who maintained their distinctive sound and style, and their influence on rock music is immeasurable.

Another important aspect of The Who's music is the technical skill of its members. Pete Townshend is widely regarded as one of the greatest guitarists in rock music history, and his innovative use of feedback and distortion helped define the band's sound. Roger Daltrey's powerful vocals and stage presence made him one of the most dynamic frontmen in rock music, while John Entwistle's complex basslines added depth and complexity to the band's music. Keith Moon's explosive drumming style was the perfect complement to the band's high-energy sound, and his virtuosic performances remain some of the most impressive in rock music history.