January 24, 2021

Won’t Get Fooled Again

First recorded (then rejected) in New York on March 16, 1971, this became the first song to be worked on with Glyn Johns during a trial session at Stargroves [Mick Jagger’s home] with The Rolling Stones Mobile studio in April 1971. This version (unlike the New York original) used the synthesizer track from Pete’s demo, and was edited down for the single which reached #9 in the UK and No. 15 in the USA. Played onstage at the Young Vic and retained at every Who concert thereafter. [In Lifehouse, this song was sung by Bobby as he denounced Jumbo’s attempt to pass himself off as a spiritual seeker like Bobby and the Lifehouse audience. The lyrics, however, were a very obvious slap in the face to 1971 firebrands who demanded that The Who dedicate themselves to The Revolution. The single version, with numerous, jarring edits, clocked at 3’55. It was released in the U.K. on June 25th and appeared in the U.S. charts on July 10th edited even farther to 3’37.

The U.S. single said the song was "From The Motion Picture ‘Lifehouse’." It was later released on the 1984 LP The Who: The Singles. In the U.S. Cash Box charts, it reached #9.  Pete’s original demo was released on his 1999 solo album Lifehouse Chronicles. Live versions appear on Who’s Next Deluxe Edition (1971), King Biscuit – Best Of The Best (1973), The Kids Are Alright (1978), Who’s Last (1982), The Who Rocks America video (1982), Join Together (1989), The Who/Live featuring the rock opera Tommy video (1989), The Blues To The Bush (1999) and The Who & Special Guests Live at the Royal Albert Hall video (2000). According to R. Rowley the background sequence was played on a Lowrey Berkshire Deluxe TBO-1 electric organ played through a VCS3 synthesizer. Click here for more information.]