is a song written and sung byPete TownshendofThe Who. It appears as the sixth track on the groups 1982 studio album,Lead singerRoger Daltrey, vocally critical of the album, described Eminence Front as the only song on it that he felt was worthy of being released.
In the song, Townshend sings about the delusions and drug use of the wealthy and hedonistic. The lyrics describe a party in which people hide from their problems behind a façade. Townshend has introduced the song in live performances with: This song is about what happens when you take too muchwhite powder; its called Eminence Front.3
In the originally released version, there is a timing flaw or asyncopationin the first chorus, where Townshend sings behind an eminence front at the same time Daltrey sings its an eminence front, with Townshend one syllable behind. A more linear-sounding remixed version appears on the 1997 re-release ofIts Hard(a live version, recorded on the bands final stop on their 1982 tour inToronto, appears as a bonus track on the re-release). Additionally, the remix has Townshends vocals panned centrally rather than hard right in thestereofield.
The song produced a video, shot at a rehearsal inLandover, Maryland, during their 1982 US tour, which enjoyed consistent airplay onMTVupon its release. Footage from the Whos 1982 concert atShea Stadiumwas also used in the video.
Eminence Front was scheduled to be released as a single in the UK by Polydor Records in 1982; the catalog number was WHO 7 but the single was never released. The picture sleeve, byRichard Evans, depicted a 1930sArt Decohouse in Miami.
In a fully negative review ofIts Hard,Robert Christgaugave faint praise to Eminence Front as the albums high point, sarcastically noting how the aging Townshend discovers funk. Just in time. Bye.4
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The song is used in the opening of the 1982 PBS
episode Tracking the Supertrains, during which the
, and various research trains are seen traveling at impressive speeds.
CBS had intended to use the song as the theme song for the London-based spin-off of its popular
franchise, but the show was ultimately scrapped.
, the song plays while the characters drive through during the red carpet scene.
The song appears in theLocal on the 8sforecast music, January 2010 playlist
The song is used in commercials for theFXseries,
This song was also used in the second-season episode Prisoners Dilemma, of the TV series
The song was used inGMCcommercials starting in 2015, most notably for the introduction of the 2017 Acadia.
The instrumental intro of the song was also used as news music package forWVTVNewswatch 18 ofMilwaukee, Wisconsinin the 1980s.
The instrumental intro of the song is used to close outMichael FelgersandTony Massarottisradio show on Boston sports stationWBZ-FM. Its also used as theme music for the Vicki McKenna show on Milwaukee talk radio station WISN1130.
TheOakland AthleticsLos Angeles DodgersNew York MetsandDallas Maverickshave used the introduction to the song as background music for player lineup introductions. However, theDallas Mavericksuse a slightly modified version of the songs instrumental intro.
UFCfighterStephan Bonnaris a Who fan and uses Eminence Front as his entrance music. Another UFC fighter,Nate Marquardt, also uses this song as an entrance song before his fights.
The song was the WWF intro song in the 1980s.
The song was used in the trailer for the 2000 experimental film
, character Clyde Shelton (Gerard Butler) enjoys a steak dinner in prison while listening to the song oniPodspeakers. Oddly, the DVDs subtitle track lists the song as [Jazz music playing] when the song is first heard in that prison cell scene, and upon returning to that scene after a cutaway the subtitle track refers to the same song, still playing, as [Funk music playing].
as Vince and his friends walk the red carpet of the Golden Globes after being nominated for his movie
. Once nearing the end of the movie and again during its closing credits.
The song is played on the radio stationK-DSTin the video game
and was also used for one of the games trailers. It is available for download in themusic video gameseries,
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