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Baba O'Riley


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Who's Last
Pete Townshend
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Opening with Skates skating at beach
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"Baba O'Riley" is a song by The Who, featured on the album Who's Next in 1971 and released as a single in October of that year. A live version of the song, taken from the 1984 album Who's Last, appeared in the Miami Vice episode "Out Where the Buses Don't Run".


  • The use of a live version of "Baba O'Riley" marks the only time a bona fide live recording appears in Miami Vice (while there are several instances of "live" music performances in the show, invariably these consisted of the artist or a house band miming to a studio recording). It also makes "Baba O'Riley" one of only four songs to appear in the show in something other than its standard album form -- the others being "Relax" by Frankie Goes to Hollywood, "Gambler" by Madonna and "Never Let Me Down Again" by Depeche Mode. While the use of alternate versions/mixes was decidedly rare in the series, the Miami Vice film features numerous songs that appear in alternate remixed form.
  • Roger Daltrey is the lead singer for all but the middle portion of the song, where Pete Townshend sings the line "Don't cry, don't raise your eye, it's only teenage wasteland". Due to this line and the chorus that follows, many people mistake the title of this song as "Teenage Wasteland".
  • The song is used as the theme to CSI:NY starring Robert Joy (which ran from 2004-2013 with Joy beginning his run in 2005), on which Edward James Olmos guest starred in the seventh season episode "Sangre por Sangre" in 2010. Another song on the Who's Next album, "We Don't Get Fooled Again", was the theme to the Miami-based crime drama, CSI:Miami, that ran from 2002-2012.


  • Roger Daltrey - lead vocal
  • Pete Townshend - backup vocal, guitar, synthesizer, organ
  • Keith Moon - drums
  • John Entwistle - bass guitar
  • Dave Arbus - violin



Baba O'Riley

"Baba O'Riley" Live