The Who’s Pete Townshend has shared his first solo single in 30 years, in keeping with Stereogum. Known as “Can’t Outrun the Truth” and written with Townshend’s accomplice, fellow English artist Rachel Fuller, it was created in response to the ennui of COVID-19 lockdowns.
“This lockdown’s been bringin’ me down,” Townshend intones within the tune, which emerged as a charitable single this week. Its proceeds will assist the U.Ok. most cancers care and help charity Teenage Most cancers Belief.
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Townshend, the 77-year-old guitarist and co-vocalist of The Who, hasn’t launched a solo studio album since 1993’s Psychoderelict. Not together with one-offs akin to a re-recording of Townshend’s 1972 “Parvardigar” and his 2014 work on The People rating, “Can’t Outrun the Truth” is certainly his first solo single since Psychoderelict‘s “Don’t Try to Make Me Real.”
How Did the Tune Come About?
“We’d just moved house and Pete was as happy as Larry up in his studio, working every day, and I put my back out,” Fuller explains in a press launch. “I was just climbing the walls. I couldn’t do any creative work and obviously we couldn’t go anywhere.’
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She continues, “I actually began to consider how unbelievably tough this time period was going to be for therefore many individuals. I wrote lyrics after which I sat on the piano and wrote the music, after which I believed I actually wish to document it, as a result of it is actually not a nasty tune in any respect. And my singing days are lengthy over, so I requested Pete to document the demo.”
Townshend says, “I’ve helped Rachel make the demos for a number of of her theatrical initiatives. She’s a very a quick employee — it isn’t that you just say to me, let’s go into the studio for 2 weeks and work on this undertaking. We do it, two hours later or an hour later, it is performed.”
He continues, “The pandemic years have been horrible for charities — the Teenage Most cancers Belief was created to be able to take the cash from a collection of concert events on the Albert Corridor yearly and numerous different issues and that had all dropped out. So the concept of doing this, which is one thing that has sprung out of lockdown about psychological sickness, but additionally for this specific charity.”
Townshend adds, “In the event you’ve received a situation during which someone in your loved ones or an adolescent has received most cancers, they’re being handled, lockdown hits, and you are not allowed to go and go to them. There is a poignancy to the entire thing concerning the tune.”
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Pete Townshend, “Cannot Outrun the Reality”
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