June 20, 2021

I Don’t Even Know Myself

[Pete Townshend: "I wrote a couple of songs in a period where people were writing extensive analysis of my character and stuff like this. And I thought, ‘Well, fuck it. You don’t know me. I don’t know myself, how can you know me?’"]

Dating from 1970, this was considered for an EP before finally appearing on the B-side of the ‘Won’t Get Fooled Again’ single. Often played in concert during 1970-1971. [Not included on the 2003 Deluxe Edition CD. "I Don’t Even Know Myself" was written backstage at the Concertgebouw, Amsterdam, The Netherlands before The Who’s January 30, 1970 show. The Who did record this song for their proposed 1970 EP. That version has had only one commercial release, on a bonus disc released in Japan only of the 2004 best-of collection Then and Now! 1964-2004.

This track was recorded at Olympic Studios May-June 1971, produced by Glyn Johns. It was released in the U.K. as "Don’t Know Myself" when it appeared on the b-side of "Won’t Get Fooled Again." Pete’s original demo was released on his 1999 solo album Lifehouse Chronicles. Live versions appear on Live at the Isle Of Wight 1970 CD and DVD, 30 Years of Maximum R&B video and on Who’s Next Deluxe Edition.]