100 GREAT SONGS FROM THE BRITISH INVASION: ‘ANYWAY, ANYHOW, ANYWHERE’- THE WHO

The Who – Anyway Anyhow Anywhere (1965, Vinyl) - Discogs

100 Great Songs From The British Invasion: 1963-1966. ‘Anyway, Anyhow, Anywhere’- The Who. The Who’s second single ‘Anyway, Anyhow, Anywhere’ features some of the first ever guitar feedback. This is also a unique song in The Who catalog- it is the only song that Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey wrote together. The singles also features possibly the greatest sessions musician in rock history- Nicky Hopkins on piano. While the single reached #10 in the UK Singles Chart- it failed to even make the Billboard Hot 100 in the United States. For some reason at least in the United States the pre- Tommy era classics of The Who seem ignored even on so called ‘classic rock’ radio. Outside of ‘I Can See For Miles’ it is rare to hear a great sounding song like “Anyway, Anyhow, Anywhere’ or their first hit ‘I Can’t Explain.’ I would highly recommend the first of their endless amount of greatest hits packages- Meaty Beaty Big and Bouncy- which is the best of The Who up to and including a couple songs from Tommy. A great sounding record- of criminally ignored music from one of the best bands of the era.

Single: ‘Anyway, Anyhow, Anywhere’- The Who/ Written by Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend/ Record Company-Brunswick/ Recorded on April 13, 14, 1965/ Time: 2:41/ Produced by Shel Talmy/ Released on May 21, 1965 in UK and June 5, 1965 in US/ Peaked at- did not chart in US Billboard Hot 100, #10 in UK Singles Chart.

8 responses to “100 GREAT SONGS FROM THE BRITISH INVASION: ‘ANYWAY, ANYHOW, ANYWHERE’- THE WHO

  1. That early era Who worked best (for my ears, at least.)
    The deeper into the 70s they went the more ‘going by the numbers’ they sounded (to me!? Just sayin’) I think that’s why when punk started to spit its way onto the musical stage and saw the Who standing there, that faded old Who mod roundel looked like a bullseye for the new generation. An easy target. (Hey, later Who fans, just my opinion!)

  2. The founding fathers of punkish rock. I caught them in concert in the late 60s in Dallas. I can’t remember who their opening act was, but that doesn’t matter. Memorial Auditorium, the primary concert venue at the time, was not built for rock shows. Barren, all concrete, no acoustics, and a terrible sound system. The stage was an afterthought. Most acts used their own sound system anyway. I look back and wonder why the place was ever constructed except for the circus and ice follies. But, it was all we had at the time, so we suffered through it.
    As I remember, the Who put on a frenetic show. Daltry was jumping around the stage, posing, primping, and spinning. Townsend jumping three feet into the air, doing flying power chords, and Moon trying his best to destroy his drum kit. Entwistle, barely moved but kept the bottom driving.
    All their best was played, and the crowd waited for the end and the total destruction that would occur. True to their hype, at the end of My Generation, Townsend ramed his guitar into his Vox Super Beatle amplifier, ( how could he) producing howling feedback, then demolished his instrument on the stage floor with a dozen or so mighty whacks. Daltry kicked and pushed Moon’s drums, while Moon, in full assault, busted drum heads and actually picked up his snare and hurled it at Enwhistle, who stood politely to the side as the other three lost their blimey shit. From somewhere behind them, smoke appeared, and the crowd thought the place may be burning, but it was all in the act.
    No encore, how could they? No equipment or instruments were left alive. The one thing I came away with was that I hoped Townsend used a dummy Rickenbacker and not a real one. That would have been a rock n roll sin. But, like I said above, years later, The Sex Pistols and other no talents would copy the Who’s destructive antics on stage and carry it many steps farther. I believe Alice Cooper may have also caught one of their early shows. Great musicians and some great songs to remember. I was that generation they sang about.

    • I would have loved to have seen them in that era- it wasn’t until post-Moon that I saw them a couple times- but to catch them in their prime- awesome.

    • Yep. I was lucky to have caught a lot of those acts when I was a teenager. Back then, concert tickets were around $5.00 for a good seat, so more teens got to see their favorite bands. Our bands manager, Mark Lee Productions got us backstage passes for some of them, so we thought we were really something.

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