He did it in the record, he did it on Ed Sullivan show (and also when introducing the song), but he doesn’t stutter. Was the stuttering an attempt to heighten the idea that the song was sung by a very youthful person just finding their voice?
Or was it just to give the audiences something to shout? (You know, at the line, “Why don’t you all just f-f-f-f-f-…-fade away?”)
Or was there some other reason? (E.g., they were singing it in a club, tried it that way and got a strong response from the crowds, so they stuck with it; something like that?)
A friend says he’s making fun of old people with the stutter, but now that I think about it, I’m not sure that makes any sense. Do old people stutter more than young people? Even older folks who develop mental illnesses such as Alzheimers and Parkinsons don’t stutter excessively, AFAIK.
Heh. I dated a guy once who HATED my taste in music (I’m not a Who fan, particularly, but used to listen to a lot of classic rock stations in college). We were in my car once, listening to “My Generation” on the radio, and suddenly the BF burst out with, “Oh my God, WHY the hell would they let HIM sing??” (thinking, of course, that R. Daltry was just a guy who stuttered).
Then there was the time we were listening to Eric Clapton’s “Let it Rain”, and he said, “Is this the Partridge Family?”
Eric Clapton SUCKS when in the bubblegum mode. Add that fuckin’ “You Look Wonderful Tonight” to his list of crap. One more tune like that and I’m takin’ his Rock and Roll Membership away. Permanently. Foolish lad.
IIRC (possibly from the trivia on the Quadrophenia DVD) Daltry simply stuttered during a take. Not that he stuttered as a rule, but it just happened that once. They thought it was cool, so they left it in.