Armenia City in the Sky

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About Armenia City in the Sky

"Armenia City in the Sky" is a song by the English rock band the Who, released on their 1967 album The Who Sell Out. It is the only song on the album not written by any members of the band, as it was instead written by Speedy Keen, a friend of the band. Both Keen and Roger Daltrey sing the song through effects filter.


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If you're troubled and you can't relax
Close your eyes and think on this
If the rumors floating in your head all turn to facts
Close your eyes and think on this

Armenia, city in the sky
Armenia, city in the sky

If you ever want to lose some time
Just take off, there's no risk
If you ever want to disappear
Just take off and think of this

Armenia, city in the sky
Armenia, city in the sky

The sky is glass but the sea is brown
And everyone is upside down

Armenia, city in the sky
Armenia, city in the sky

Freak out!
Freak out!

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The Who

The Who are an English rock band formed in 1964 by Roger Daltrey (lead vocals, guitar, harmonica), Pete Townshend (vocals, guitar, keyboards), John Entwistle (vocals, bass) and Keith Moon, (drums, vocals). They became known for energetic live performances which often included instrument destruction. The Who have sold about 100 million records, and have charted 27 top forty singles in the United Kingdom and United States, as well as 17 top ten albums, with 18 Gold, 12 Platinum and 5 Multi-Platinum album awards in the United States alone. more »

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Written by: JOHN KEENE

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10 facts about this song

Album Release Category
"Armenia City In The Sky" is the opening track on The Who’s 1967 album, the wildly ambitious "The Who Sell Out."
Personnel Category
The song was not written by any member of The Who. Instead, their close friend and colleague, Speedy Keen, penned the track after a request from Pete Townshend. Speedy Keen later found fame as the drummer/vocalist for Thunderclap Newman.
Song Composition Category
The song marks a significant change in The Who's sound, with its psychedelic effects and layered instrumentation that was ahead of their time. It features a surreal soundscape interspersed with radio jingles and commercial-like interludes.
Song Title Category
Despite its name, the song “Armenia City in the Sky” has no prominent connection to Armenia. The song’s title was reportedly derived from a painting by Mike McInnerney, a graphic artist friend of The Who, that depicted a futuristic city floating in the sky.
Rare Performance Category
The band seldom performed this complex track live. Its first live performance was only in 2017, fifty years after the song's release.
Trivia Category
"Armenia City In The Sky" is the only song by The Who that doesn't have any credited input from any of the band members.
Song Length Category
"Armenia City in the Sky" is slightly over 3 minutes long, but the oddball composition makes it seem much lengthier.
Cover Version Category
Experimental band Laibach covered "Armenia City in The Sky" on their 1988 album "Let It Be."
Recording Techniques Category
The song is notable for its use of looping and panning techniques, which were innovative for the time. These elements contribute to its sprawling, otherworldly atmosphere.
Billboard Ranking Category
Despite its innovative nature and notable place within the band's discography, "Armenia City in the Sky" did not chart on any major Billboard rankings. Its album, however, reached number 48 on the US Billboard 200 and number 13 on the UK albums chart.

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