David Bowie, Pearl Jam, Sheryl Crow and Phish are just a few of the artists paying homage to the Who on the tribute album Substitute the Songs of the Who.
Scheduled for a June 12 release, the 11-track LP culls songs from the legendary band's more-than-25-year career, beginning with their 1965 mod anthem "Anyway, Anyhow, Anywhere" (performed here by Ocean Colour Scene), through 1971's classic rock staple "Behind Blue Eyes" (Sheryl Crow), and 1978's "Who Are You," the title track from the band's final album with original drummer Keith Moon, given the cover treatment by Welsh rockers Stereophonics.
The Who themselves get a chance to pat their own backs with a live version of "Substitute," recorded during a December benefit concert at London's Royal Albert Hall with a little help from Stereophonics frontman Kelly Jones. Pearl Jam contribute a live cut as well with their rendition of "The Kids Are Alright."
Substitute the Songs of the Who is the first Who tribute record officially sanctioned by guitarist and principal songsmith Pete Townshend. The band's longtime soundman Bob Pridden, credited as the tribute's executive producer, came up with the idea for the album after recording Liverpool quartet Cast's version of "The Seeker" for an album B-side. With the notion of a tribute in mind, Pridden then approached Townshend for his blessing, and from there the LP took shape.
In February, the Who whose original lineup was Townshend, singer Roger Daltrey, bassist John Entwistle and drummer Moon, who died in 1978 received a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Grammy Awards ceremony.
The track listing (not in final order) for Substitute the Songs of the Who, according to the album's publicist:
Cast - "The Seeker"
Ocean Colour Scene - "Anyway, Anyhow, Anywhere"
Paul Weller - "Circles"
David Bowie - "Pictures of Lily"
Pearl Jam - "The Kids Are Alright"
Fastball - "The Real Me"
UnAmerican - "Naked Eye"
Stereophonics - "Who Are You"
Phish - "5:15"
Sheryl Crow - "Behind Blue Eyes"
The Who featuring Stereophonics' Kelly Jones - "Substitute"