Australian singles charts:
Won’t Get Fooled Again entered the Kent charts on 13 September 1971 and peaked at 14. It was #84 on the Top 100 of 1971.
The song is on Who’s Next which entered the Kent album charts on 11 October 1971 and peaked at #3.
The Who, Glyn Johns
BONUS TRACK BELOW – studio version
Townshend wrote the song as a closing number of the Lifehouse project, and the lyrics criticise revolution and power. To symbolise the spiritual connection he had found in music via the works of Meher Baba and Inayat Khan, he programmed a mixture of human traits into a synthesizer and used it as the main backing instrument throughout the song. The Who tried recording the song in New York in March 1971, but re-recorded a superior take at Stargroves the next month using the synthesizer from Townshend’s original demo. Ultimately, Lifehouse as a project was abandoned in favour of Who’s Next, a straightforward album, where it also became the closing track. It has been performed as a staple of the band’s setlist since 1971, often as the set closer, and was the last song drummer Keith Moon played live with the band.
Read more: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Won’t_Get_Fooled_Again
Pete Townshend wrote this song about a revolution. In the first verse, there is an uprising. In the middle, they overthrow those in power, but in the end, the new regime becomes just like the old one (“Meet the new boss, same as the old boss”). Townshend felt revolution was pointless because whoever takes over is destined to become corrupt. In Townshend: A Career Biography, Pete explained that the song was antiestablishment, but that “revolution is not going to change anything in the long run, and people are going to get hurt.”
The synthesizer represents the revolution. It builds at the beginning when the uprising starts, and comes back at the end when a new revolution is brewing.
Read more: www.songfacts.com/facts/the-who/wont-get-fooled-again
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Won’t Get Fooled Again studio version from Who’s Next
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