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British rock band The Who were the poster boys for the spirit of ‘60s rebelliousness and their debut album My Generation aptly backed up this image. Released in the U.K. on December 3, 1965 as My Generation and in the U.S. as The Who Sings My Generation in April of 1966, interestingly enough, it's not the band's favorite album across their repertoire. Though they feel it was a "rushed" effort, the album is considered by many critics to be one of the greatest rock albums of all time.
My Generation housed The Who's burgeoning hard rock edge as well as their R&B beginnings. "I Don't Mind" and "Please, Please, Please" were sizzling covers of James Brown songs, with Roger Daltrey's gravelly voice capturing the necessary angst and passion. "The Kids Are Alright" has more of a Brit pop sound, very Beatles-esque. "My Generation" became a youth anthem during the ‘60s, with Daltrey's stuttering during the song adding the necessary poignancy to the lyrics.
With Pete Townsend's ferocious guitar playing, Keith Moon's frenetic drums, and Daltrey's raw, primal vocals, the twelve-track album was their aggressive calling card to their generation as well as the older ones. A harbinger of the punk and power pop scenes that followed, this Library of Congress entrant is not only culturally influential but an "important reason to love rock and roll.”