The Who began a Tuesday residency at the Marquee Club with the poster of Pete
Townshend in full arm swing declaring "Maximum R & B." The Who
signed a record deal which forced them to write their own material. In January
1965, Townshend composed "I Can't Explain" with Moon playing the
drums as if the fate of the free world depended on his performance. The next
single was "Anyway, Anyhow, Anywhere" with Moon's drumming holding
together the innovative feedback from Townshend's guitar.
1965, The Who released the My Generation album with Moon co-writing the surf
influenced instrumental "The Ox." Moon's performance on the record
is still one of the greatest drum performances ever let alone on a debut record.
The drum solo at the bridge of "The Kids Are Alright" was so far
ahead of its time that it was edited out of the American release and wasn't
released in America until 1994's Box Set, 30 Years of Maximum R & B.
Spring 1966 saw the release of the Townshend composed "Substitute," with manic Moon drumming that Keith later didn't recall playing at the session. About this time, Moon moved from a single bass seven piece drum set to a double bass nine piece drum kit.