A Legal Matter

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"A Legal Matter"
The Netherlands edition
Single by The Who
from the album My Generation
B-side "Instant Party"
Released 7 March 1966 (UK)
12th August 1966 (USA)
Format 7"
Recorded 12–13 October 1965;
IBC Studios in Central London
Genre Rock
Length 2:54
Label Brunswick 05956 (UK)
Decca (USA)
Writer(s) Pete Townshend
Producer(s) Shel Talmy
The Who singles chronology
"A Legal Matter"
"The Kids Are Alright"
My Generation track listing
"I'm a Man"
"A Legal Matter"
"The Ox"

"A Legal Matter" is a song written by Pete Townshend and recorded by The Who for their debut album My Generation. It was recorded on 12 October 1965 at IBC Studios, and released as the B-side to "The Kids Are Alright". The single was released by producer Shel Talmy without the permission of The Who on 11 March 1966 (the day drummer Keith Moon married his girlfriend Kim) and reached number 32. This was an attempt to sabotage the release of the band's chosen single "Substitute" which reached number 5. The subject of the song is teenage divorce and it marks the first time Townshend sang lead vocals, rather than Roger Daltrey, possibly because the song was too close to home for Daltrey who was divorcing his wife at the time.

The song was covered by Richard Thompson on his 2003 album 1000 Years Of Popular Music.


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