October 27, 2020

Bald Headed Woman

From the "My Generation" liner notes by Brian Cady.

Recorded second week of November 1964 at Pye Studios.
Lead fuzz guitar: Jimmy Page
Rhythm guitar: Pete Townshend

From the My Generation liner notes by Brian Cady:

Recorded second week of November 1964 at Pye Studios.
Lead fuzz guitar: Jimmy Page
Rhythm guitar: Pete Townshend

"The Fuzz guitar droning throughout is played by Jimmy Page; the reason being, he owned the only Fuzz Box in the country at that time. The words express my sentiments exactly – a bald headed woman would make me pretty mean, too. My favorite part of this track is the opening of the harmonica solo, where Roger puts the harmonica into his mouth the wrong way around."
–John Entwistle

As with the Talmy-produced Kinks, the Who were persuaded to record this so that Shel Talmy could get publishing royalties. It was the B-side of the single "I Can’t Explain.". Although credited to Talmy, it is actually a traditional African-American chain-gang song that is in the public domain. For a version similar to this arrangement see Odetta’s 1963 LP My Eyes Have Seen.