Zoot Suit/I'm the Face

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"I'm the Face"
Single by The High Numbers (The Who)
A-side "I'm the Face"
B-side "Zoot Suit"
Released 3 July 1964
Format vinyl record (7")
Recorded Fontana Studios, London
June 1964
Genre Rhythm and blues, Rock
Label Fontana Records TF 480 (UK)
Writer(s) Peter Meaden
Producer(s) Chris Parmeinter & Peter Meaden
The High Numbers (The Who) singles chronology
"Zoot Suit"
(1964)
"I Can't Explain"
(1965)

"Zoot Suit" b/w "I'm the Face" was the first single of the British rock band the Who, who recorded it under the name the High Numbers in an attempt to appeal to a mod audience.

"Zoot Suit" was written by Peter Meaden, the band's first manager. The song is a direct copy of "Misery" by the American R&B group The Dynamics. ("I'm The Face" is a copy of Slim Harpo's "I Got Love If You Want It.") The single was meant for a mod audience, but failed to chart.[1] The band changed their name back to the Who, found new management and released their own composition "I Can't Explain", which was a top ten hit in the United Kingdom.

Album/single appearances[edit]

"I'm the Face" appeared on "Odds & Sods" in 1974 and on the album's remastered versions.

"I'm the Face" was again released as a b-side single to "Long Live Rock" along with a live version of "My Wife" for the UK single but was dropped on the US single.[2]

"Zoot Suit" appeared on the soundtrack to the 1979 film based on the Who's 1973 album Quadrophenia.

"Zoot Suit" b/w "I'm the Face" was reissued in 1980 and reached #49 in the UK.

Both songs were featured on the Thirty Years of Maximum R&B box set.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The Who Official Band Website - Roger Daltrey, Pete Townshend, John Entwistle, and Keith Moon | | Zoot Suit". Thewho.com. 1964-07-03. Retrieved 2011-06-09. 
  2. ^ "The Who Official Band Website - Roger Daltrey, Pete Townshend, John Entwistle, and Keith Moon | | Long Live Rock". Thewho.com. Retrieved 2011-06-09.