The Who – Anyway, Anyhow, Anywhere —-Powerpop Friday

This was The Who’s second single. It was the follow-up to I Can’t Explain. When this was sent to their American record label to distribute, they sent it back, assuming the feedback meant there was something wrong with it.

The Who’s early singles like Can’t Explain, The Kids Are Alright, Substitute, I’m A Boy, and A Legal Matter doesn’t get the airplay that their later music does. They were innovative at the time with feedback, distortion and Moon’s aggressive drumming.

This song was written by Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey. it was the only time they wrote together.

The song peaked at #10 in the UK in 1965.


From Songfacts

Townshend described this as “Anti-middle age, anti-boss class, and anti-young marrieds.”

This was a collaboration between Pete Townshend and singer Roger Daltrey. It was one of the only times they worked together on a song. 

Nicky Hopkins played piano. A session man at the time, he would go on the work with The Beatles and The Rolling Stones.

Townshend got the idea for this during a soundcheck.

This contains one of the first uses of feedback on a record. Roger Daltrey recalled to Uncut magazine October 2001: “We were doing this feedback stuff, even before that. We’d be doing blues songs and they’d turn into this freeform, feedback, jazzy noise. Pete was getting all these funny noises, banging his guitar against the speakers. Basically, the act that Hendrix is famous for came from Townshend, pre-‘I Can’t Explain.'”

“‘Anyway, Anyhow, Anywhere’ was the first song when we attempted to get that noise onto a record and that was a good deal of time before Hendrix had even come to England,” Daltrey continued. “The American pressing plant sent it back thinking it was a mistake. We said, ‘No, this is the f—ing noise we want. CUT IT LOUD!'”

Anyway, Anyhow, Anywhere

I can go anyway, way I choose
I can live anyhow, win or lose
I can go anywhere, for something new
Anyway, anyhow, anywhere I choose

I can do anything, right or wrong
I can talk anyhow, and get along
Don’t care anyway, I never lose
Anyway, anyhow, anywhere I choose

Nothing gets in my way
Not even locked doors
Don’t follow the lines
That been laid before
I get along anyway I dare
Anyway, anyhow, anywhere

I can go anyway, way I choose
I can live anyhow, win or lose
I can do anything, for something new
Anyway, anyhow, anywhere I choose

(Oooh) anyway
(Oooh) Anyway I choose, yeah
(Oooh) Anyway I want to go
(Oooh) I want to go ‘n do it myself
Do it myself
Do it myself, yeah
Anyway, way I choose
Anyway I choose
Yeah, yeah
Ain’t never gonna lose the way I choose
The way I choose
The way I choose

Author: Badfinger (Max)

Power Pop fan, Baseball fan, old movie and tv show fan... and a songwriter, bass and guitar player.

7 thoughts on “The Who – Anyway, Anyhow, Anywhere —-Powerpop Friday”

  1. I love the early Who singles- before Tommy- the stuff on Meaty Beaty Big and Bouncy- under-appreciated Who- this is one of those great sounding singles!

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