Pete Townshend was always in a class of his own as a lyricist and performer. Never one to jump on the post-Dylan bandwaggon so favoured by most 60's songwriter's, Townshend wrote in a startling style of alienation, rage, paranoia, self-doubt, humour and British-ness all wrapped up in the 3 minute single formula which The Who always embraced and excelled at. The Who Sell Out is Townshend's representation of that innocent period when the pirate radio station was the main and only source of communication for record buying youngsters, hence the album running in a constant flow peppered with humourous jingles and faux advertisements. The album also pre-dates some of Tommy's theme's and you can hear echoes of that album on Sell Out's "Rael" and "Glow Girl". Teenage theme's, key features of Townshend's mid-60's post-Mod style, of sexual desire "Mary Anne With The Shaky Hand", rebellion "Tattoo" relationship paranoia "I Can See For Miles" and, erm...pimples and body odour problems "Medac" and "Odorono" dominate the album on what was the band's best and strongest album to date. "Our Love Was", "Relax", "I Can't Reach You" and the beautiful "Sunrise" also deserve honourary mention's as well, and together with the classic tracks mentioned earlier, make The Who Sell Out essential, peerless and perfect. They may have grew arguably as a band with Tommy, Who's Next and Quadrophenia, but this captured an intriguing chapter in The Who's illustrious career. A masterpiece. Long live The Who!