Something in the Air

…”Lock up the streets and houses
Because there’s something in the air
We’ve got to get together sooner or later…”

Something in the Air
Thunderclap Newman


Pete Townshend in typically energetic pose, as often he was, mid-air…playing a Gibson


In 1969, Pete Townshend, The Who‘s guitarist, was the catalyst behind the formation of Thunderclap Newman. The concept was to create a band to perform songs written by chauffeur, drummer and singer Speedy Keen, who had written Armenia City in the Sky, the first track on The Who Sell Out. Townshend recruited jazz pianist Andy ‘Thunderclap’ Newman (a friend from art college), and 15-year-old Glaswegian guitarist Jimmy McCulloch, who subsequently played lead guitar in Paul McCartney‘s Wings from 1974 to 1977 and died of a heroin overdose in 1979 aged just 26. Keen played the drums and sang the lead. Something in the Air was Thunderclap Newman’s one-hit wonder.