January 20, 2021

Put The Money Down

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

Produced by The Who and associate producer Glyn Johns at Olympic Studios, Barnes June 6, 1972; lead vocal produced by John Entwistle, recorded at Ramport Studios, London 1974.

"’Put The Money Down’ is one of the tracks recorded by the illustrious Glyn Johns for us. Terrific sound, beautifully recorded. Wonder what group he used ?" John Entwistle: "’Put The Money Down’ only had a guide vocal and that held up the release, but I just couldn’t get Daltrey down to the studios to record a new vocal. So I sent him a message asking if it’d be all right if I did the vocal and almost immediately Daltrey replied that it was O.K. as long as he could overdub the bass parts. Next morning he was in the studio!"
–Pete Townshend

A track intended for the never-shot Lifehouse movie. The Who had last played in Columbus, Ohio November 1, 1969 but there is no record of any fences having fallen there. It may be a reference to Woodstock or the Isle of Wight where gatecrashers turned a ticketed festival into a free concert. The line "there are bands killing chickens" is a reference to the band Alice Cooper and their supposed habit of killing live chickens on stage.

Pete’s demo version appears on his 1999 solo album Lifehouse Chronicles.

Track 15 on the 1998 Odds & Sods CD with a longer fadeout at 4’29.