Top Of The Pops Thursday: Roger Daltrey – Under A Raging Moon

When I first heard this song, Under A Raging Moon by Roger Daltrey, I was blown away by it.

Although I was aware of The Who, it was this song (I still have the 12-inch single somewhere) that really inspired me to find out more about the band and their music.

The song comes from Daltrey’s 1985 album of the same name, released as a tribute to The Who’s drummer Keith Moon, who had died of a drug overdose seven years earlier.

Big Country‘s Mark Brzezicki played the drums on all the songs on the album but on this track he was joined by some of the leading drummers of the day to provide their own tribute to Moon. They were: Martin Chambers (The Pretenders), Roger Taylor (Queen), Cozy Powell (Rainbow/Whitesnake/Black Sabbath), Stewart Copeland (The Police), Zak Starkey (son of Beatles drummer Ringo Starr, who would later play with The Who and Oasis) and Carl Palmer (ELP/Asia).

Incidentally, the song was co-written, believe it or not, by John Parr, best known for his 1985 hit St. Elmo’s Fire (Man In Motion), the theme song from the Brat Pack movie.

Here is a live performance of the song from some time around 1985 (although the drum parts appear to be on a backing tape):

And here, as a bonus, is the original album version:



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2 responses to “Top Of The Pops Thursday: Roger Daltrey – Under A Raging Moon

  1. DCG

    Just wanted to let you know that I have a number of articles from British Music Mags from the 1960’s that I will be posting at my new blog

    Thought I would let you know


  2. Thanks for that link. Looks like an interesting site you have there. Cheers for sharing.

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