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[Pete & Roger] "The Who Sell Out"全曲解說 (May 2021)

Pete Roger John Keith SellOut

"It was the last time that we went into an album with smiles on our faces, having fun. After that, it all became really deeply serious process." -- Pete, 2021

01【Armenia City In the Sky】
Pete: I didn't do the track of this, so Kit Lambert did the track of this. 'Armenia City In the Sky' was written by a friend of mine, who became my driver at the time and we also used to make demos together.
Roger: Speedy Keen was the writer of that song 'Armenia,' was a very good friend of Pete. And I don't know how that song got on.
Pete: Because we were short of materials [laugh]!
Rog & Pete: Laugh together.
Pete: We wouldn't have used it (a song not from the band members) otherwise [laugh].
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02【Heinz Baked Beans】
Roger: 'Heinz Baked Beans' that again was of course between the three of them. Cos John played trumpet in a Jazz band when we first started and Pete played banjo; that's where we came from.
Pete: And Roger didn't have much to do with it. It's mainly Keith, John, and I. And Keith and John did a few of their own together. I think 'Heinz Baked Beans' was one that they did on their own. I don't know. I can't remember. I may have played a little on it.
Roger: And of course this is the time just after "The Goon Show" and all those radio shows this kind of things. They'd be comedy sketches. But to turn them into an advert, again, was just a stroke of genius. Where it came from, I don't know. It could've come from Moon, Entwistle or Pete. It probably came from all three of them.
Pete: Yeah, we all came up with ideas.
https://twitter.com/TheWho/status/1389890907374297089?s=19
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03【Mary Anne With the Shaky Hand】
Roger: 'Mary Anne With the Shaky Hand' I like that song! I've done that when I got a few times solo. Again it's an indication of Pete. Pete got this kind of joint personality. He can be cutting, and bittersweet, and he can also be very funny and witty. And it's a witty song. It may well make a great Everly Brothers' song. If Everly's ever done that, it would be absolutely wonderful to hear it [laugh].
https://twitter.com/TheWho/status/1390635853773426690?s=19
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04【Odorono】
Pete: The song was written purely as a song about the way that women were being treated in the music business at the time. It's, you know, it was my  #MeToo movement.
https://twitter.com/TheWho/status/1391326577074610176?s=19
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05【Tattoo】
Roger: When I first heard 'Tattoo,' I just loved it immediately. I mean, it was a natural.
Pete: I think... I was surprised by how many tracks that I was singing myself. We didn't know that Roger could sing high until "Tommy." And one day I came into IBC Studios. I heard this voice and remember thinking, "Wow, he can do it!"  And of course it was not just a revelation but a magical moment. Because up to that point we had this difficulty that Roger was Tommy but I was singing parts within. And Roger could do both, therefore, he was able to inhabit Tommy completely and play the role right the way through the album. So, with 'Tattoo' he does a great job. Like I said earlier, it's one of his favorite songs.
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06【Our Love Was】
Pete: 'Our Love Was' was there even a demo? I don't know if we got a demo of it. It may have been something that I wrote in the studio, I don't know. Kit Lambert liked me to do my acoustic work on an electric guitar and the reason why was in those days studios were not divided up; they didn't have booths. You just had one big room. So, if you have loud drums and loud bass, it would leak into acoustic guitar. I much prefer to write on an acoustic guitar and I think that maybe on this recording what we did was we put the guitar down first, the acoustic guitar, so that maybe set up the gentleness of it. It could've equally been a really powerful and noisy song, you know, a song of celebration. It could have been cosmic.
https://twitter.com/TheWho/status/1392893227691347972?s=19
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07【I Can See for Miles】
Roger: 'I Can See for Miles' is a real one; the song that probably, apart from 'My Generation,' catches that energy and sense of the aggression in the music. It's the first song we recorded that actually got that. I mean it's a pure ??? . It's fantastic. I mean, you remember when we were, we were like 21 years old or something. This is the music … it's so out there. It's so avant-garde. It's incredible. 'I Can See for Miles' was the first one that kind of catches every essence of the Who. It catches the musical talent, the harmonic talent, and that energy of that aggression and it's all in there. But it equally can go from total aggression to absolutely gentle. You know, brushing you with a feather.  
Pete: In sessions of 'I Can See for Miles,' there are 7 vocal parts. Kit Lambert, our producer at the time, his godfather was the English composer William Walton, and he thought that Kit wrote it and sent Kit a letter which he passed on to me, and what he said in the letter was "Kit, this 'I Can See for Miles' song of yours is very interesting. You know, the vocals, harmonies, evoke blah blah blah blah." So, it's part of the experiment so I kept it and thought, "Wow, when this is released, it's gonna be huge! But it wasn't. [......]
(PS: some words are missing in this entry ...)
https://twitter.com/TheWho/status/1393559541040631809?s=19
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Inside De Lane Lea's basement studio

08【I Can't Reach You】
Pete: 'I Can't Reach You' I am not sure if I demoed it, or if I did a demo, if I got the demo of it. I don't know. Yes, it would have been another acoustic guitar demo. We seemed to find a way of recording back in track with an acoustic guitar and that was new because up to then I hadn't been able to do that. But in De Lane Lea, the studio that we were using to record this album mainly and at the days when we didn't have it, Jimi Hendrix was in there. It was a long thin studio and I think they were able to cut off the bass and drums at one end and I could play the acoustic guitar.
Roger: It's a good song, a great song.
https://twitter.com/TheWho/status/1395323141967261697?s=19
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09【Medac】
Roger: I can't remember 'Medac.' I could just remember Keith...Keith Moon always had spots somewhere and he was putting something on. I think John wrote it. I'm pretty sure that wit was John's humor. Does he have the writing credit? It was John's, yes. He had musical quality quite extraordinary, and, Iike I said that's one of his best songs [laugh].
Pete: I remember having starved of tracks, we went back into the studio and did some hurried recordings and we were having great fun writing the jingles. Me, John, and Keith, we had a good time doing it. And 'Medac' I remember we laughed a lot. The silly idea that wished everybody should write a song about spot cream. But, you know, a sore on the nose really [laugh].
https://twitter.com/TheWho/status/1396096255986520066?s=19
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10【Relax】
Pete: 'Relax' was written in New York City. I think I was probably still smoking a bit of dope, so it's a bit of a dopey song.
Roger: I think 'Relax'is about getting stoned [laugh]. You know, "let your mind go 'round ~ lay down on the ground~”and it's got that quality, the way the melody and the lyrics work in sympathy with each other. It kind of makes you go“relax~and~settle down~” boom boom boom [laugh].
Pete: And again not the Who version of it, but my demo you can hear it's a vibrant singer with the guitar in the raw. It's just extraordinary what I managed to achieve. 
https://twitter.com/TheWho/status/1396824701767454728?s=19
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11【Silas Stingy】
Pete: With 'Silas Stingy,' you do get a sense of John's mischievous dark side. You know, there was 'Boris, the Spider' and 'Heaven and Hell' ...
Roger: John had a very dark side of him, you could say a very spiteful side of him, and he could write songs like 'Silas Stingy.’
Pete: Could it have been about his (step)dad...his mother and he (/his father) split up when he was quite young. So he was brought up with his stepfather, Johns (Gordon Johns). And I could remember he used to deliberately got this guy, Johns, and said, "He and I goin' to the fish and chips shop. Could I have two and six, please?" and Johns would say, "No, I'm not giving you any money."  And he used to go, "stingy bastard!” It's kind of the way, so it could've been that 'Silas Stingy' was about his stepdad.
https://twitter.com/TheWho/status/1397486920847040523?s=19
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12【Sunrise】
Pete: 'Sunrise' was a song I wrote as a bit of an exercise. I was studying Jazz guitar all the way through my teenage years and I found this… such tutorial there were ways to take a chord... to make a chord, it would be a “(playing chord A) .“ Turn that into a Jazz chord, you just lower the notes to “(playing chord B)“ and then “(playing chord C).” It is me pretending to be Jacob Collier [laugh]. I wanted to show off those chords and the version on the album is not that. I did three versions of it. The first version was done just on a 12-string guitar, and there is another version that was slightly different and finally the version for the Who album is the same lyrics “You take away the breath I was keeping for sunrise” but with more a kind of Paul Simon kind of approach to the music.
https://twitter.com/TheWho/status/1398632971142303744?s=19
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13【Rael】
Roger: And of course, we get to 'Rael,' which was literally thrown together while we were on tour. And we were playing with the storyline that Pete had which turned out to be kind of prophetic as Israeli-Arab War. You can hear that we're doing it with overlaying vocals and the storyline of it is more than just a song. It has to be like someone reading a chapter from a book, a short book [laugh]. You can hear through that, especially in bits of instrumental parts where it is exploring an avenue to get into something that is ticking over the back of his head which is his idea for "Tommy," which indeed we started the following year in 1968, and you could hear the influences of 'Rael' in 'Sparks' and 'Amazing Journey.'
Pete: My girlfriend and I went to Israel on holiday and it was a time just prior to the Palestinian and Israeli difficulties and it was in the air. Toward the end of the holiday, we went to the airport and I said to somebody I saw there, "Tell me, what the hell is going on?" And they said, "Listen, don't worry about the Middle East. What we got to worry about is China." So I just put these two ideas together that there would be a world war three that'd happen between China and Israel, so that was it, I mean you can tell when you look at the song from the album, it's a real rattleback and it seems to be one of the albums that set that kind of conceptualization about Who albums always having a story, and my solo albums, too. I mean some kind of things behind them. But this one is … people are especially affectionate toward it because it's lighthearted and it's fun and yet there's some deep shit in there that I hope you notice and uncover [laugh]
https://twitter.com/TheWho/status/1399327547683479552?s=19
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