A little over a year after he helped the Kinks become superstars by producing "You Really Got Me," producer Shel Talmy brought the Who into his recording studio. They made the heavily Kinks-inspired "I Can't Explain" and "Anyway, Anyhow, Anywhere" together and those singles were successful enough to get the young band a deal for an entire album.
The Who Sings My Generation was recorded in a pretty short time period and failed to capture the wild energy of their stage show, but even watered-down Who was still stellar. "My Generation" and "The Kids Are Alright" became instant Mod classics, while covers like "Please Please Please" and "I'm a Man" showcased their maximum R&B sound. It gave them a very nice start, and they quickly evolved faster than anyone could have imagined.