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 - Won't Get Fooled Again - US - 7" vinyl - £25.00, $27.75, €28.50 (New Item) (arrived 03-Oct-2022 10:03)
THE WHO Won't Get Fooled Again (1971 US wide centred 7" single with small deletion drill hole & large Executive Producers text, also including I Don't Even Know Myself, Decca company die-cut sleeve)
- The Who - Pop History Vol. 4 - VG - Italian - 2-LP vinyl set - £15.00, $16.65, €17.10 (New Item) (arrived 27-Sep-2022 13:06)
THE WHO Pop History Vol. 4 (1970 Italian 20-track double compilation LP, unique front laminated gatefold picture sleeve. The sleeve shows obvious shelfwear with a bit of edge scuffing and laminate lift & the vinyl remains in excellent condition with few signs of play)
- The Who - Who's Next - 2nd - EX - UK - vinyl LP - £25.00, $27.75, €28.50 (New Item) (arrived 25-Sep-2022 10:14)
THE WHO Who's Next (Mid 70s UK issue of the classic 1971 9-track LP, including Won't Get Fooled Again, Behind Blue Eyes & Baba O'Riley, picture sleeve. The sleeve & vinyl are in Excellent condition with just a few minor signs of wear & play)
- The Who - You Better You Bet - UK - 7" vinyl - £8.00, $8.88, €9.12 (New Item) (arrived 26-Sep-2022 13:55)
THE WHO You Better You Bet (1981 UK injection moulded 7" vinyl single, also including The Quiet One. The vinyl comes issued in the card picture sleeve WHO4)
- The Who - Athena - UK - 12" picture disc - £15.00, $16.65, €17.10 (Back In Stock) (arrived 27-Sep-2022 07:36)
THE WHO Athena (1982 UK limited edition 3-track 12" Picture Disc single with a photo of the band playing live on the A-side & the classic '60s 'Maximum R&B' logo on the reverse, also including Won't Get Fooled Again & A Man Is A Man, clear PVC sleeve WHOPX6)
- The Who - Face Dances + Poster - EX - UK - vinyl LP - £15.00, $16.65, €17.10 (New Item) (arrived 27-Sep-2022 09:41)
THE WHO Face Dances (1981 UK limited edition 9-track LP, housed in the 'montage' picture sleeve complete with lyric inner & fold-out poster. The sleeve displays some general wear, whilst the vinyl remains Excellent with few signs of play, and theposter has been stored folded inside the sleeve and shows little wear or age WHOD5037)
- The Who - Tommy - French - 2-LP vinyl set - £25.00, $27.75, €28.50 (New Item) (arrived 27-Sep-2022 09:50)
THE WHO Tommy (1970s French issue of the 1969 24-track vinyl double LP, presented in a front laminated tri-fold sleeve. The sleeve shows minimal wear and the vinyl looks barely played!)
- The Who - Who's Next - 1st - EX - UK - vinyl LP - £95.00, $105.45, €108.30 (New Item) (arrived 27-Sep-2022 09:54)
THE WHO Who's Next (1971 UK first press 9-track vinyl LP, including the classic tracks Won't Get Fooled Again, Behind Blue Eyes and Baba O'Riley, housed in a matt picture sleeve with pinched spine. The sleeve shows some light spine wear and edge scuffing, whilst the vinyl remains in excellent condition with just a few minor spindle marks to indicate play. A great copy of this classic rock staple)
- The Who - Meaty, Beaty, Big & Bouncy - 3rd - UK - vinyl LP - £10.00, $11.10, €11.40 (New Item) (arrived 27-Sep-2022 09:57)
THE WHO Meaty, Beaty, Big & Bouncy (Late 70s UK issue of the 1972 14-track vinyl compilation LP including I Can't Explain, The Kids Are Alright, My Generation, I Can See For Miles and more. The gatefold picture sleeve shows light wear with sunfading around the spine and the vinyl remains in excellent condition with light signs of play)
- The Who - My Generation - UK - vinyl LP - £35.00, $38.85, €39.90 (New Item) (arrived 27-Sep-2022 14:00)
THE WHO My Generation (1990s UK mono reissue of the classic 1965 12-track vinyl LP with the black & white Virgin label, including the singles The Kids Are Alright and the title track. The front-laminated picture sleeve shows minimal wear and thevinyl looks barely played V2179)