Let My Love Open the Door
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|"Let My Love Open the Door"|
|Single by Pete Townshend|
|from the album Empty Glass|
|Released||June 4, 1980 (US)|
|Genre||Art rock, new wave|
|Pete Townshend UK singles chronology|
"Let My Love Open the Door" can be interpreted as either a love song or a religious one. Although, Townshend is a devotee to the religious guru Meher Baba, he claimed in the liner notes of his Anthology CD that "Jesus sings" on the track.
"Let My Love Open the Door" was released as the second single from Empty Glass in Britain, where it was backed with the non-album tracks "Classified" and "Greyhound Girl." The song was a minor British hit, reaching #46. The song saw more success when it was released as the debut single from Empty Glass in America, where the song reached #9. It was Pete Townshend's only solo American Top 10 hit, but it charted as high as any single by The Who released in America. The Who's song, also written by Townshend, "I Can See For Miles", also hit #9.
Initially, Townshend's manager despised the track (due to it "not sounding like Townshend") and wanted it to be removed from Empty Glass. However, upon the song's chart success, his manager called to apologize.
Despite the song's critical and commercial success, Pete Townshend did not consider it one of his best songs. He told Rolling Stone in an interview that the "Let My Love Open the Door" was "just a ditty," also claiming that he preferred his minor US hit "A Little Is Enough" from the same album.
- A cover of this song was recorded by Audio Adrenaline, with the interpretation of "my love" referring to God's love.
- It was also covered by M. Ward (for the 2005 Starbucks compilation album, Sweetheart 2005: Love Songs)
- It was covered by Pete Townshend's own band The Who.
- Sherie Rene Scott covered the song on her 2001 album ...Men I've Had.
- A cover of this song was also recorded by Michael Cavanaugh.
- In 2013 Great Big Sea released a cover on their twentieth anniversary album XX.
- Actors Steve Carell and Dane Cook are credited with a cover version featured in the 2007 film Dan in Real Life. This version was arranged by Sondre Lerche, who also recorded a cover for the soundtrack of the film.
- A version of this song by Luminate appears on The Covers EP and was used in the season 2 finale of The Newsroom.
- Canadian indie rock duo Tegan and Sara have performed a cover of the song as part of their encore set in concert.
- In July 2012, Honda used this song in a TV commercial advertisement campaign.
- In February 2015, JC Penney used a cover of this song in a TV commercial for a Valentine's Day promotion.
List of films and TV shows featuring the track
The song has been used frequently in film, most notably the comedy genre, often as trailer music for movies such as Jerry Maguire and How Do You Know, and then as end credit song for Mr. Deeds in 2002; Jersey Girl and Along Came Polly, both in 2004. It was featured in the following films and TV series:
- Look Who's Talking (1989)
- Grosse Pointe Blank as "E. Cola Mix" (1997)
- Mr. Deeds (2002)
- Jersey Girl as "E. Cola Mix" (2004)
- Along Came Polly (2004)
- Click (in trailers) (2006)
- Dan in Real Life (2007)
- Doctors (soap opera), season 11, episode 106 (2009)
- Old Dogs (2009)
- How Do You Know (in trailers) (2010)
- Take Me Home Tonight as "E. Cola Mix" (2011)
- Red Dog (2011)
- Hit and Run (2012)
- The Newsroom (2012) - cover by Luminate used in the second season finale, "Election Night, Part II" (September 15, 2013)
- Californication (April 13, 2014)
- The Goldbergs, season 1 "Why're You Hitting Yourself?" (2013) the "E. Cola Mix" played at end before credits.