October 26, 2020

I’m a Man

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


From the My Generation liner notes by Brian Cady:


"We recorded this years ago. I hate this as well. I don’t actually like the LP. It strikes me as weird that there are so many different numbers from different stages of our career. I only hope they don’t expect us to do it onstage. It’s great how I get that piano sound out of my guitar. This is probably our best recorded feedback."
–Pete Townshend (1965)


"We have performed better versions of this song but they were never recorded. So, here it is – recorded at IBC Studios in all its glory. Yardbirds eat ya heart out!"
–John Entwistle (1987)


Cover of the B-side of Bo Diddley’s first single which hit the Billboard R&B charts May 7, 1955. The song was best known to British listeners from the 1964 LP Roadrunner. The Who’s version was not legally released in the U.S. until 1987 when a stereo version awkwardly shortened to excise three lines of lyric was released on the LP Two’s Missing. The complete mono version was not released on CD until the 2008 My Generation Box released in Japan. A live version from 1989 is available on the 30 Years of Maximum R&B boxset.