It's difficult to understate the importance of Townshend as a composer and a guitarist, and no shortage of great bands have taken a cue or two from the Who's songwriting wizard over the years. Several have even tipped their hats to the band by putting their own spin on one of the many classic cuts in the Who's back catalog.
"...Later, when I was about 11 and had started playing music, my friend came over one day after school and said, ‘Mike, we’re gonna be punks now.’ And I was like, ‘Okay! What’s that?’ He showed me a magazine with a picture of the Sex Pistols and played me their first album, Never Mind the Bollocks, on cassette tape. I loved it! And we started a band that day.”