Anyway, Anyhow, Anywhere

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"Anyway, Anyhow, Anywhere"
Single by The Who
B-side "Daddy Rolling Stone" (UK)
"Anytime You Want Me"(US)
Released 21 May 1965
Format 7"
Recorded 13–14 April 1965 at IBC Studios, London, UK
Genre Rock,[1] hard rock,[2] protopunk,[3] power pop[1]
Length 2:41
Label Brunswick
Writer(s) Anyway, Anyhow, Anywhere: Roger Daltrey, Pete Townshend
Daddy Rolling Stone: Otis Blackwell
Anytime You Want Me: Jerry Ragovoy, Garnet Mimms
Producer(s) Shel Talmy
The Who singles chronology
"I Can't Explain"
(1965)
"Anyway, Anyhow, Anywhere"
(1965)
"My Generation"
(1965)

"Anyway, Anyhow, Anywhere" was a single released by The Who in 1965. It features call-and-response lyrics (especially common in Who lyrics at this time) and some of the first ever recorded guitar feedback. The song was composed by guitarist Pete Townshend and vocalist Roger Daltrey, the only time they wrote together. The guitar feedback, although not the first to be heard on a record (see The Beatles' "I Feel Fine"), is thought to be the first solo with feedback. This is the first Who release with Nicky Hopkins playing piano.

Townshend: "I wrote the first verse and Roger helped me with the rest. I was inspired by listening to Charlie Parker, feeling that this was really a free spirit, and whatever he'd done with drugs and booze and everything else, that his playing released him and freed his spirit, and I wanted us to be like that, and I wanted to write a song about that, a spiritual song."

The song was rarely played live for most of The Who's career, but since 1999 has become a staple for their live shows; it appears on the album Live at the Royal Albert Hall. It can also be found on BBC Sessions and The Kids Are Alright.

Other versions[edit]

David Bowie recorded a version of this song for his Pin Ups album in 1973.

The Flaming Lips recorded a version of this song which appeared on a Mojo CD of Who covers called Mojo: The Who Covered.

A version of this song has also been recorded by Ocean Colour Scene for The Who tribute album Substitute - The Songs of The Who.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Anyway, Anyhow, Anywhere". allmusic.com. Retrieved 27 June 2012.
  2. ^ "Such tunes as "Anyway, Anyhow, Anywhere" present their choreographed chaos in heavy metal; their hard rock sound is best heard on their legendary version of "Summertime Blues" (both titles from the Leeds album)."Dean Tudor, Popular music, an annotated guide to recordings, ISBN 0872873951
  3. ^ Christgau, Robert. "Review Meaty, Beaty, Big and Bouncy". Robert Christgau. Retrieved 27 June 2012.