Give Blood (song)

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"Give Blood"
Single by Pete Townshend
from the album White City: A Novel
Released 1986 (1986)
Recorded 1985 at Eel Pie Studio, Twickenham; Eel Pie Studio, Soho, London; A.I.R. Studios, London
Genre Rock
Length Template:DuratioN
Label Atco
Writer(s) Pete Townshend
Producer(s) Chris Thomas
Pete Townshend singles chronology
"'Face the Face'"
"'Give Blood'"
"'English Boy'"

"'Give Blood'" is a song by Pete Townshend, The guitarist for The Who. The song is the opening track for Pete Townshend's fourth solo album a concept album titled "White City: A Novel" and was released as a single.

When Pete Townshend was asked about the song he said:[1]

Give Blood was one of the tracks I didn't even play on. I brought in Simon Phillips, Pino Palladino and David Gilmour simply because I wanted to see my three favourite musicians of the time playing on something and, in fact, I didn't have a song for them to work on, and sat down very, very quickly and rifled threw a box of stuff, said to Dave, "Do one of those kind of ricky-ticky-ricky-ticky things, and I'll shout 'Give Blood!' in the microphone every five minutes and let's see what happens." And that's what happened. Then I constructed the song around what they did.

The single failed to chart in the US or UK but reached number 5 on Billboard's Mainstream Rock Charts.[citation needed]


  1. ^ "Coolwalkingsmoothtalking Liner Notes". The Hypertext Who - Bill's Pete Townshend Pages. 2008-08-01. Retrieved 2014-04-16.