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INDIO, CA - OCTOBER 16: Musicians Roger Daltrey (L) and Pete Townshend of The Who perform during Desert Trip at the Empire Polo Field on October 16, 2016 in Indio, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

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The Who: “My Generation”

The Hook: Be careful what you ask for.

Album: The Who Sings My Generation

Year: 1966

Writer: Pete Townshend

Stats: Although it peaked at a lowly number-74 on the Billboard Hot 100, it got to number-two on the British singles chart.

Background: Practically since he wrote it, Pete Townshend has been answering questions about the line in The Who’s “My Generation” declaring, “I hope I die before I get old.” Here’s what he had to say about it at a 1989 press conference in New York.

At a 1989 press conference, Pete Townshend addresses his famous words from “My Generation,” “I hope I die before I get old.” OC:…adequately today. :22

“The only thing now is that looking back on those words, ‘I hope I die before I get old,’ I really know now that that will happen – that will happen to all of us – and in a sense, in a lot of ways, it has already started, that process. Certain bits of me, which were operating extremely well when I wrote those lines, don’t function quite so adequately today.”

The Who - My Generation

The Who are an English rock band that formed in 1964. The primary lineup consisted of Pete Townshend, Roger Daltrey, John Entwistle and Keith Moon. The band reached international success, became known for their award-winning live performances, are regarded as one of the most influential rock bands of the 1960s and 70s, and recognized as one of the greatest rock and roll bands of all time.

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