"My Generation" established Pete Townshend as one of the finest songwriters of his era. "That song was written under pressure," the guitarist told Rolling Stone in 1968. "Someone came to me and said, 'Make a statement, make a statement, make a statement, make a statement, make a statement,' and I’m going 'Oh, okay, okay, okay,' and I get 'My Generation' together very quickly, like in a night – it feels like that. It’s a very blustering kind of blurting thing. A lot of our early records were."