OK….so this is not really “the best music you have never heard” because you have, without a doubt, heard this Who classic. While it is a great classic long song, the real added values from this Extended Edition of Long Song Tuesday comes from the three related offerings provided below:
- Pete Townshend talking about the incredible synth part he created for “Won’t Get Fooled Again”
- A live version of “Won’t Get Fooled Again” from the Who movie “The Kids Are Alright” (for the uninitiated, all Who songs are best when performed live)
- Pete’s demo of “I Don’t Even Know Myself”, a song that became the B side of the “Won’t Get Fooled Again” single. This song, while not well known, is close to the top of my list of all time favorite Who songs and is definitely on my final playlist (we will talk more about my final playlist when I launch my new website (myfinalplaylist.com) that is currently under development.
As with most of my favorite songs, “Won’t Get Fooled Again” is linked to a very specific memory. To set the scene, it is July 4, 1976 the bicentennial of the United States. I am at the Nashville Speedway to see a concert featuring Natural Gas, Gary Wright, and headlined by Peter Frampton on his Frampton Comes Alive tour. It was an great concert for everyone that managed to survive the riot that took place at the entrance gates to the Speedway. At the end of the concert there was an amazing 4th of July Fireworks display and the music on the PA system during that display….”Won’t Get Fooled Again”. It was a perfect moment in time! I wish you all could have been there with me to experience it.