I called it Empty Glass , 'cause of this idea that when you go to the tavern — which is to God, you know — and you ask for His love — He's the bartender, you know — and He gives you a drink, and what you have to give Him is an empty glass. You know there's no point giving Him your heart if it's full already; there's no point going to God if your heart's full of Doris. This concept was derived from the work  of the Persian poet Hafez , which Townshend became interested in from his involvement with Meher Baba , an Indian spiritual master who claimed he was an Avatar — God in human form.
The album was written and recorded between and , when activity with the Who had started to pick up again, and Townshend found himself having to write for both his solo project and his band. As a result, Empty Glass was considered superior to the Who 's subsequent album Face Dances , with critics calling it a Who album that never was. The Who's lead singer Roger Daltrey later commented that he felt let down by Townshend, and that many of the songs from the album would have worked well for The Who, among them " Rough Boys " and " Empty Glass ".
Townshend countered by saying that "Rough Boys" was the one song Daltrey would have wanted clarified in terms of the song's homoerotic subtext and toned down were he to sing it, thus defeating its message, while "Empty Glass" had been recorded during sessions for Who Are You in ; a version featuring Keith Moon on drums and John Entwistle on bass appeared on the reissue of that album.
This version is notable for suicidal undertones in the lyrics that were changed for Empty Glass : the line "Killing each other, then we jump off the ledge" became "Killing each other by driving a wedge". I would like to work with him. Do you understand? Townshend began writing the songs and recording demos for Empty Glass in his track home studio around late , but recording sessions for the album would only begin in November at Wessex Studios in North London, with producer Chris Thomas at the helm, and Bill Price as the engineer.
Pete performed all the guitar and synth parts on the album, and brought in various musicians to lay down additional instrumentation. All tracks are written by Pete Townshend. Credits are adapted from the Empty Glass liner notes. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Pete Townshend. Retrieved 16 October Christgau's Record Guide: The '80s. Pantheon Books.
ISBN X. And moreover, because the preacher was wise, he still taught the people knowledge; yes, he gave good heed, and sought out and set in order many proverbs. Like a lot of the greats, Townshend has had to live down a certain sense of shame about the worth of the genre itself. It remains to be seen whether Townshend can carry out such brave promises in the next test of his career: reestablishing the Who as an ongoing creative entity. Newswire Powered by. Close the menu. Rolling Stone.
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