He is the smallest, the youngest and the roundest member of the Who. He has a sweet, innocent, little-boy smile off-stage that changes into a lunatic grin when he starts to attack his drum kit.
Then he looks quite ferocious. Driving at the drums as though he were hammering tent pegs into the ground. Sometimes, he breaks four sets of drum sticks a night.
Keith Moon: “They’re like toys to me,” he said gently, almost whispering, staring into space, wide-eyed. “Like the little tin drums I used to play with at home.”
John likes animals. One of his songs for the Who’s new LP is about them. It is called “Boris The Spider.”
John Entwistle: “You see we were sitting in a London club, the Scotch one night, me and Bill Wyman, and we started thinking up names for a spider. I suggested Boris, then on the way home I said you could have Creepy Crawley for the chorus – you’ll understand that when you hear it.
“Anyway our driver laughed so I thought it must be good. I like sinister songs, he says. “Boris” is about a man lying in bed watching this spider crawl around the room. Eventually he treads on it.”