October 24, 2020

Faith In Something Bigger

From the "Odds & Sods" liner notes by Brian Cady.

Produced by Kit Lambert at De Lane Lea Studios January 1968

"God, this is embarrassing. I don’t know where to hide. Well I mean, the whole thing about HIM is that HE is everywhere isn’t HE? A modest beginning to the musico-spiritual work of the irreligious Who. The guitar solo is the worst I’ve ever heard. They’re great lads, the rest of the boys in the band. Do you think anyone else would put up with this nonsense? Anyway, the whole idea is preposterous, something, something bigger than US ? US! THE WHO! A quick listen to this lads will bring us quickly down to size I can assure you."
–Pete Townshend

In a January 20, 1968 interview in New Musical Express, Pete said he wanted The Who to "preach" on their new album. Apparently this is what he meant. Fortunately his ability to insert spiritual messages into Who songs improved.