500 Greatest Songs of All Time
The Who, 'Won't Get Fooled Again'
Writer: Pete Townshend
Producers: Glyn Johns, the Who
Released: July '71, Decca
13 weeks; No. 15
Townshend wrote this for an aborted concept album and film called Lifehouse. But many of that project's songs were resurrected for Who's Next, which started off with a week of demo sessions at Mick Jagger's country house, Stargroves. The synthesizer on "Won't Get Fooled Again" is from those demos. "Pete came up with sounds, synthesizer basics, for tracks which were just unbelievable," said producer Johns. "Nobody had done it before in that way."
"It's interesting it's been taken up in an anthemic sense," Townshend said of the song, "when in fact it's such a cautionary piece."
Appears on: Who's Next (MCA)