The Who have released their new single titled I Don’t Wanna Get Wise.
It follows All This Music Must Fade, with both tracks included on the band’s upcoming studio album Who, which will launch on December 6 through Polydor Records.
The single comes just days after fans visiting London’s new Music Walk Of Fame were given access to a preview of the track.
It’s also been revealed that the deluxe edition on the new record will include two ‘lost tracks’ from the 60s: Got Nothing To Prove and Sand.
Guitarist Pete Townshend says: “Both these songs are from the summer of 1966. They would not have been rejected by the band members but rather by my then creative mentor, Who manager Kit Lambert.
“In 1967, when the song seemed destined for the bottom drawer, I did offer Got Nothing To Prove to Jimmy James and the Vagabonds who used to support us at The Marquee in 1965. I remember playing him the demo at my house in Twickenham.
“They were still managed by Peter Meaden who had been so influential on me in particular in the short period he was our PR man in late 1964.
“Jimmy liked the song, and suggested making it more R&B, in a slower tempo, but nothing happened. I have a feeling Kit may have felt the song sounded as though it was sung by an older and more self-satisfied man than I was in real life. That would have applied to Roger too I suppose.”
He adds: “Now, it works. Back then, perhaps it didn’t. Dave Sardy and I decided to ask George Fenton to do a Swinging Sixties band arrangement to make the song more interesting, but also to place it firmly in an Austin Powers fantasy. I love it.”
As for Sand, Townshend says it came from the same period, and adds: “This is a simple idea, about a sunny beach vacation romance that doesn’t last once the lovers get back home to the rain.
“Again, Kit passed on this, even as an album track, and it simply got filed away. I have always loved it, but have been waiting for computers to get smart enough to fix some of the tape stretch problems that had affected the demo.”
Townsend reports that some backing vocals and guitar work have been added, along with “a feedback section to properly evoke the era.”
The deluxe edition will also include the tracks This Gun Will Misfire and Danny & His Ponies – both were recorded and sung by Townshend during the new album sessions.
The Who - My Generation - VG - German - vinyl LP - £125.00, $152.50, €138.75 (New Item) (arrived 16-Jan-2020 15:32)
THE WHO My Generation (Rare 1965 German 12-track vinyl LP on the white Decca 'American Series' label, housed in the original glossy very thin paper picture sleeve. The sleeve has been subject to an historic tape repair at the opening edge, which has left some areas of residue; there is some creasing and small splits at the opening edge and at the bottom seams closest to the opening edge, however the rest of the sleeve is still in a nice condition with no splits to the middle of the top & bottom seams, or the spine, which still has its text clear & legible. The vinyl itself has light scuffs and hairlines, which have little effect thanks to the sturdiness of the Sixties vinyl and it still delivers a great punch leaving it VG/VG+ BLK86002-P)
The Who - The Who Sell Out - German - vinyl LP - £15.00, $18.30, €16.65 (New Item) (arrived 16-Jan-2020 09:53)
THE WHO The Who Sell Out (1980 German issue of the 1967 13-track stereo vinyl LP, picture sleeve with re-jigging of the original artwork and mis-print listing the track 'Relax' as 'Relay' on the reverse. The sleeve shows light wear with a small seam split to the top, whilst the vinyl is Excellent with little sign of play)
The Who - Who's Next - 1st + Inner - EX - UK - vinyl LP - £125.00, $152.50, €138.75 (New Item) (arrived 15-Jan-2020 13:06)
THE WHO Who's Next (Rare 1971 UK first press 9-track LP, including the classic tracks Won't Get Fooled Again, Behind Blue Eyes & Baba O'Riley, matt picture sleeve with pinched spine & Head Hunters inner [with discreet title annotation]. The sleeve is Excellent with only some faint age wear & minor corner scuffing, there is just a small area of paper loss to the Side One label due to the shop sticker being removed back in the day, whilst the vinyl grades Excellent with an incredible deep sheen both sides & the lightest few spindle marks by the centre hole to show play. A fantastic one owner copy)
The Who - Meaty, Beaty, Big & Bouncy - 1st - EX - UK - vinyl LP - £15.00, $18.30, €16.65 (New Item) (arrived 15-Jan-2020 09:23)
THE WHO Meaty, Beaty, Big & Bouncy (1972 UK first issue 14-track retrospective LP, E.J. Day printed gatefold picture sleeve. The cover shows only light edge wear, with some light colour fading to the spine, whilst the vinyl displays the odd cosmetic paper scuff but remains excellent)
The Who - Live At The Royal Albert Hall - Sealed - German - 4-LP vinyl set - £65.00, $79.30, €72.15 (New Item) (arrived 14-Jan-2020 12:37)
THE WHO Live At The Royal Albert Hall (2003 German exclusive limited edition 29-track FOUR vinyl LP set comprising recordings from their live performance at London's legendary Royal Albert Hall on 27th November 2000 with special guest appearances from Paul Weller, Eddie Vedder, Bryan Adams, Kelly Jones, Kennedy and Noel Gallagher, expanded with four additional bonus recordings taken from another performance at the Hall on 8th February 2002. All four discs remain UNPLAYED housed in the gatefold picture sleeve which remains sealed within its original shrinkwrap. This is the first copy we've seen in ten years!)
The Who - BBC Sessions - Sealed - UK - 2-LP vinyl set - £65.00, $79.30, €72.15 (New Item) (arrived 14-Jan-2020 12:24)
THE WHO BBC Sessions (2000 UK 26-track double vinyl LP, featuring a collection of recordings from 1965-1973 including Radio 1 Jingles, all taken from master tapes. The two vinyl discs remain unplayed housed in the wide spined single pocket picture sleeve [with inners featuring extensive sleeve notes] which remains sealed within its resealable outer bag)
The Who - The Who - Polydor International Label - German - vinyl LP - £60.00, $73.20, €66.60 (New Item) (arrived 14-Jan-2020 11:54)
THE WHO The Who (Very rare 1966 German 12-track stereo vinyl LP compilation on the black Polydor International label, housed in a unique fully laminated picture sleeve. The sleeve light wear, mainly to the opening edge with no seam splits or writing. The vinyl has light paper scuffing to the A side and few signs of play to the B side leaving it VG/EX-. A nice copy of this rarity)
The Who - Ready Steady Who EP - 1st - 3pr - UK - 7" vinyl - £95.00, $115.90, €105.45 (New Item) (arrived 14-Jan-2020 10:48)
THE WHO Ready Steady Who (Rare original 1966 UK Reaction label 5-track 7" vinyl EP with intact three prong centre, including Disguises, Circles, Batman, Bucket 'T' and Barbara Ann. The front laminated flipback picture sleeve displays just a laminate wear to the edges and minor age yellowing to the unlaminated back & opening edge while the vinyl with only minor spindlewear and a couple of surface scuffs to show for over forty five years remains in excellent condition!)
The Who - Who's Better, Who's Best - EX - UK - vinyl LP - £15.00, $18.30, €16.65 (New Item) (arrived 13-Jan-2020 17:13)
THE WHO Who's Better, Who's Best (1988 UK 18-track LP compilation, housed in a gatefold picture sleeve, which has a plethora of photographs, back catalogue artwork & biographical details inside. The sleeve [VG+] shows some light wear with a few minor annotations to the tracklist & the vinyl is Excellent with minimal play WTV1)
The Who - Who's Better, Who's Best - UK - vinyl LP - £20.00, $24.40, €22.20 (Back In Stock) (arrived 13-Jan-2020 17:11)
THE WHO Who's Better, Who's Best (1988 UK 18-track vinyl compilation LP, gatefold picture sleeve with a plethora of photographs, back catalogue artwork and biographical details inside. The sleeve shows minimal shelfwear & the vinyl remains near 'as new' with few signs of play WTV1)