Petra Haden Sings: The Who Sell Out

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Petra Haden Sings: The Who Sell Out
Studio album by
ReleasedFebruary 22, 2005
GenreIndie rock, a cappella
LabelBar None
ProducerPetra Haden, Mike Watt
Petra Haden chronology
Petra Haden Sings: The Who Sell Out
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic 2005
Pitchfork Media7.0/10 2005
Rolling Stonenot rated 2005

Petra Haden Sings: The Who Sell Out is an album by Petra Haden, an entirely a cappella interpretation of the album The Who Sell Out by English rock band The Who. Haden supplies all of the vocals. It was released in 2005 on Bar None Records. The recording was inspired by former Minutemen bassist Mike Watt, who gave Haden the 8-track recorder with the original Who album on it.

In the Boston Globe on 13 March 2005, The Who's guitarist and principal songwriter, Pete Townshend, had this to say about Haden's version of the album:

I was a little embarrassed to realize I was enjoying my own music so much, for in a way it was like hearing it for the first time. What Petra does with her voice, which is not so easy to do, is challenge the entire rock framework ... When she does depart from the original music she does it purely to bring a little piece of herself -- and when she appears she is so very welcome. I felt like I'd received something better than a Grammy.

In his book Paddle Your Own Canoe, actor Nick Offerman recommends the album as ideal to listen to while building canoes.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Armenia City in the Sky"
  2. "Heinz Baked Beans"
  3. "Mary Anne with the Shaky Hand"
  4. "Odorono"
  5. "Tattoo"
  6. "Our Love Was"
  7. "I Can See for Miles"
  8. "I Can't Reach You"
  9. "Medac"
  10. "Relax"
  11. "Silas Stingy"
  12. "Sunrise"
  13. "Rael"