January 19, 2021

Zoot Suit

From the "Thirty Years of Maximum R&Bquot; liner notes by Brian Cady.

Produced by Chris Parmeinter and Peter Meaden at Fontana Studios, London June 1964 (seven takes)

The A-side of The Who’s first single during their short-lived period as The High Numbers. One of two songs written for The High Numbers by their amphetamined Mod manager Peter Meaden. As with "I’m The Face," the melody was lifted, this one from "Misery," a 1963 recording by the Detroit soul group The Dynamics (White Fang has a sample from the disc here).

After its Fontana release in 1964, "Zoot Suit" did not have another legitimate release until it appeared on the Quadrophenia Soundtrack in October 1979.