What about "Squeeze Box"? Sure, it may not be the best song on the album, but it deserves some recognition. - gamefreak95
It does, but I'm biased. I think, though, that because By Numbers
is in essence Pete's "singer-songwriter" album and the lyrical themes are generally moody and reflective, "Squeeze Box" and its lighthearted tone comes off as a little incongruous. I suppose you could say the same about "Success Story," but by this point Entwistle's wry sardonicism was providing the definitive counterpoint to Pete's angst-ridden ruminations, and in some ways his songs cannot be compared to Townshend's.*
My favorite BN track is still "Slip Kid," with "Success Story," "How Many Friends," and "However Much I Booze" coming in close behind. I'll listen fondly when "Squeeze Box" comes on a radio station, but I don't go out of my way to listen to it, and in the Who canon, I regard it as quite minor--certainly higher than "Cobwebs and Strange" or "See My Way," but not even at the "Our Love Was, Is" or "Silas Stingy" level.
* I will say that until I really looked the credits for Who Are You
, I had thought for years that "Had Enough" had been written by Pete. I was floored when I realized that it was John's--and then the song's critical tone took on an entirely new meaning. That's when I realized that Entwistle had been supplying these wry ripostes to Townshend all along. You can put together a nice little mix of Who songs just from John's songs, and in fact I have--"An Ox's-Eye View of the Who."
"Man becomes the food of the divinity he worships." - Chris Stevens