The Who – The Kids Are Alright

This song was released in 1966 and it appears on The Who’s debut album My Generation. The song peaked at #41 in the UK but didn’t make it into the top 100 in the US. This song, along with My Generation, became anthems for The Who, as well as for the Mod movement in England.

Pete Townshend said this about it in 2000: When I wrote this song I was nothing but a kid, trying to work out right and wrong through all the things I did. I was kind of practicing with my life. I was kind of taking chances in a marriage with my wife. I took some stuff and I drank some booze. There was almost nothing that I didn’t try to use. And somehow I’m alright

I first heard this on Meaty Beaty Big and Bouncy a compilation album of the band’s singles… In the UK it was more of a greatest hits LP…in America, while a few were known…most never charted.

One of my favorite albums by the Who.

From Songfacts

 The song was written by Pete Townshend as a tribute to the Mods, who were trendy and often rebellious British youth.

Check out Keith Moon’s drumming on this song – he used his cymbals and toms to emphasize the vocal lines, crashing down at the end of lyrical lines. This was one of his innovations with The Who.

A 1979 rockumentary concerning the Who shares the same title.

This song has been covered by both Goldfinger and Green Day. 

The Offspring song The Kids Aren’t Alright is a reference to this

The Kids Are Alright

I don’t mind other guys dancing with my girl
That’s fine, I know them all pretty well
But I know sometimes I must get out in the light
Better leave her behind with the kids, they’re alright
The kids are alright

Sometimes, I feel I gotta get away
Bells chime, I know I gotta get away
And I know if I don’t, I’ll go out of my mind
Better leave her behind with the kids, they’re alright
The kids are alright

I know if I go, things would be a lot better for her
I had things planned, but her folks wouldn’t let her

I don’t mind other guys dancing with my girl
That’s fine, I know them all pretty well
But I know sometimes I must get out in the light
Better leave her behind with the kids, they’re alright
The kids are alright

Sometimes, I feel I gotta get away
Bells chime, I know I gotta get away
And I know if I don’t, I’ll go out of my mind
Better leave her behind with the kids, they’re alright
The kids are alright, the kids are alright, the kids are alright

Author: badfinger20

Power Pop fan, Baseball fan, old movie and tv show fan... and a songwriter, bass and guitar player.

12 thoughts on “The Who – The Kids Are Alright”

    1. Their early singles were great power pop songs but they weren’t really pushed in the US until I Can See For Miles..

      Yea I’ve listened to them a lot since you told me about them.

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  1. This is one of my most fave Who songs from when I was little. I was away all weekend–another concert getaway, and now playing catch-up. This was a nice one to see as I’m digging through what I’ve missed.

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    1. Sorry I missed this one. One of my favorite of their earlier singles. This one, Pictures of Lily, A Legal Matter…just a bunch of great singles.

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  2. Max, delete that last comment please. I was commenting on a different song. I like this song but not as much as “My Generation”, which is the song I was thinking of when I commented.

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