Something In The Air

Something In The Air (Thunderclap Newman)

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"Something in the Air" is a song recorded by Thunderclap Newman, a band created by Pete Townshend for The Who's former roadie John 'Speedy' Keen who wrote and sang the song, from their only album Hollywood Dream. It was a UK #1 single for three weeks in July 1969. The song has been used for films, television and adverts, and has been covered by several artists.

In 1969, Pete Townshend, The Who's guitarist, was the catalyst behind the formation of the band. The concept was to create a band to perform songs written by former Who roadie and drummer/singer John 'Speedy' Keen, who had written "Armenia City in the Sky", the first track on The Who Sell Out. Townshend recruited eccentric General Post Office engineer and jazz pianist Andy 'Thunderclap' Newman (a friend from art college), and 15-year-old Glaswegian Jimmy McCulloch. Keen played the drums and sang the lead.

Townshend produced the single, arranged the strings, and played bass under the pseudonym Bijou Drains. Originally titled Revolution but later renamed to avoid confusion with the Beatles' 1968 song of that name, "Something in the Air" captured post-flower power rebellion, marrying McCulloch's sweeping acoustic and glowing...


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