Battle of the Bands

After watching The Kids Are Alright (1979) for the umpteenth time over the last three weeks (God bless IFC), I have come to two important conclusions. First, given one — and only one — trip in a rock and roll wayback machine, I would set the controls for the Who’s Next Tour, circa 1971-72. You can have your Beatles versus Rolling Stones debate. Townshend is a better songwriter than Lennon/McCartney and a better guitar player than Keith Richards. And no band will ever match the Entwistle/Moon combo.

Second, someone really needs to make a biopic of Keith Moon, starring Jason Schwartzman. (Apparently I’m not the first to notice the uncanny resemblance.) That Schwartzman spent some years playing drums in a decent little band only makes the casting decision that much easier.