October 19, 2020

Guitar And Pen

From the "Who Are You" liner notes by Matt Resnicoff with additions by Brian Cady.

Recorded at Ramport and RAK Studios in March 1978. Pete and Rod Argent both play keyboards.

From the Who Are You liner notes by Matt Resnicoff with additions by Brian Cady:

Recorded at Ramport and RAK Studios in March 1978. Pete and Rod Argent both play keyboards.

"This is a song about song-writing. A deliberate attempt to cynically evoke Gilbert and Sullivan, the intended irony fell flat when smart critics accused me of sounding like Gilbert and Sullivan. Often my best tricks fail because I become too wound up in them, too convinced by them myself to remain a foil. I played this today and I like it. It delights me. It’s honest. Nice to hear Keith Moon singing nearly coherent backing vocals. I played really nifty piano. Fuck the critics. This is theatre, darling!"
–Pete Townshend

"I like ‘Guitar And Pen’ for what it is…I can understand why people hate it but I like it a lot."
–Roger Daltrey

"I think it’s too pompous, too classical."
–John Entwistle

The original version is 13 seconds shorter than the 1996 remix because it was sped up about a tone higher from the original tape. The remix also differs by having quite a bit more echo added to it. "Guitar and Pen" was never performed live by The Who.]

The "Olypmic Mix" was Recorded at Ramport in April 1978.

An alternate mix, with a more aggressive guitar track, by Glyn Johns and Jon Astley done in May, 1978 that was rejected in favour of the one that appeared on the album. Previously unreleased.

This version differs from the above by having the guitar more fuzztoned and louder in the mix. Another version of "Guitar and Pen" with a guitar part and vocal mix different from either one here was on the 1992 Mobile Fidelity Sound Labs CD.