Demo features on 'My Generation' super deluxe reissue
The Who have shared a previously unreleased song.
The band release a remastered super deluxe edition of 1965 debut album ‘My Generation’ on November 18.
It includes three unreleased tracks, including this newly unveiled cut ‘The Girls I Could Have Had’. The song was recorded as a demo by Pete Townshend in his Chesham Place flat, the same place he wrote ‘My Generation’.
Townshend says of the song: “I have often said about my early songs that I tried hard to appeal to Roger’s sense of late teenage machismo. Either that, or I attempted to sound like Jan & Dean so that Keith Moon – who was a surf music fan – would get behind the song. Here, a rather machismo and bragging song slipped away because it was more about me than Roger Daltrey, and certainly not a surf number. It’s about my lack of success with girls when I lived at Chesham Place, partly because I spent all my time in my studio. Roger did very well with girls; it would never have worked for him to sing this lyric. The lyric is also fantastical. I make it sound as though I was turning down girls every day. In real life I was probably piqued that rarely happened. My tape machine was my mistress.”
Listen via Spotify below.
Townshend introduced their first US hit ‘I Can See for Miles’ by saying that it was “such a long fucking time ago,” before adding, “We were 1967’s version of Adele or Lady Gaga or Rihanna or Bieber.”
He went on to say: “Roger and I are so glad to be out here at our age. And I couldn’t do it without Roger.”