October 28, 2020
Ad for "Pictures of Lily" by The Who from the April 22, 1967 issue of New Musical Express magazine

Pictures of Lily

From the Meaty Beaty Big & Bouncy liner notes by Brian Cady:

Produced by Kit Lambert at IBC Studios on April 5, 1967.

"Merely a ditty about masturbation and the importance of it to a young man. I was really diggin’ at my folks who, when catching me at it, would talk in loud voices in the corridor outside my room. ‘Why can’t he go with girls like other boys?’"
–Pete Townshend

The recording was filmed for Swedish television.

Released in the U.K. as Track 604002 on April 22, 1967, it reached #4.
Released in the U.S. as Decca 32156 on June 24, 1967.
The U.S. radio stations, unlike the U.K. pirate stations, objected to the lyrics and it stalled at #51 in Billboard and #60 in Cash Box.
"Doctor, Doctor" was the B-side in both countries.

Track #8 on My Generation – The Very Best Of The Who. (2’45)