Aside from his intense pre-occupation with scripting a highly personalized translation of the teenage myth, Pete Townshend was particularly fond of writing "character"-based compositions: songs about people instead of themes concerning ideals and religious motives. This is one of the first of such songs.
Says Entwistle: "Over the years, he's realised that a lot of his work only applies to himself and that his personal opinions don't always apply to everyone in the band."
The Who's seventh Stateside release - coinciding with their appearance on Murray The K's 1967 Easter Show in New York - it was also the first one to make any chart impression. It reached No. 24.
From hereonin, the going wouldn't be so much like smashing one's head against a brick wall.