Um…haha…this is laughable. The Who were one of the pioneers of punk music. This is fact. There were others, of course, but The Who (although not exactly punk MUSIC, most definitely held that punk ATTITUDE) – not only with their songs rebelling against authority and older generations, but also because of the smashing up of instruments on stage. They directly influenced bands like The Clash, The Ramones, and The Sex Pistols. Pete Townshend is also often times referred to as the "godfather of punk."
JUST so you know.
No offence, but did you get that info off wikipedia or something? coz you said you didnt even know who The Who were til like two months ago which i find astonishing! i cant think of ANY punk bands who actually destroyed their instruments on stage - they couldnt afford to. johnny ramone used to look after his guitar religiously (even if he was so broke he had to carry it around in a bag).
its only coz of grunge (‘when punk finally broke in america’ as some people put it) that people associate smashing guitars with punk