The Who have released a new single, “All This Music Must Fade.”
Guitarist Pete Townshend said “All This Music Must Fade” was “a song dedicated to every artist who has ever been accused of ripping off someone else’s song. … Seriously? Our musical palette is limited enough in the 21st century without some dork claiming to have invented a common chord scheme.”
You can listen to the track (via Spotify) below.
Townshend previously noted that “this album is almost all new songs written last year, with just two exceptions. There is no theme, no concept, no story, just a set of songs that I, and my brother Simon, wrote to give Roger Daltrey some inspiration, challenges and scope for his newly revived singing voice. Roger and I are both old men now, by any measure, so I’ve tried to stay away from romance, but also from nostalgia, if I can. I didn’t want to make anyone feel uncomfortable. Memories are okay, and some of the songs refer to the explosive state of things today.”
Daltrey elaborated on his argument that Who was their best album since Quadrophenia. “Pete hasn’t lost it — he’s still a fabulous songwriter, and he’s still got that cutting edge.”