Zoot Suit/I'm the Face

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"I'm the Face"
Side-A label of the vinyl single
Single by The High Numbers (The Who)
A-side "Zoot Suit"
B-side "I'm the Face"
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"
"I Can't Explain"

"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.

"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.

"Zoot Suit" is the opening track from the compilation album The Who Hits 50! released in October 2014.

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


  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.