"Anyway, Anyhow, Anywhere
" was a single released by The Who
in 1965. It features call-and-response lyrics (especially common in Who lyrics at this time) and some of the first ever recorded guitar feedback. Perhaps the most interesting fact about this song was that it was composed by both guitarist Pete Townshend
and vocalist Roger Daltrey
, the only time this ever occurred between the two. The guitar feedback, although not the first to be heard on a record (See The Beatles
' "I Feel Fine
"), is thought to be the first solo with feedback.
Townshend: "I wrote the first verse and Roger helped me with the rest. I was inspired by listening to Charlie Parker, feeling that this was really a free spirit, and whatever he'd done with drugs and booze and everything else, that his playing released him and freed his spirit, and I wanted us to be like that, and I wanted to write a song about that, a spiritual song."
The song has become a staple for the Who's live shows and appears on the album Live at the Royal Albert Hall. It can also be found on BBC Sessions and The Kids Are Alright.
recorded a version of this song for his Pin Ups
album in 1973. The Flaming Lips
recorded a version of this song which appeared on a cover CD for Mojo of Who covers called Mojo: The Who Covered.
A version of this song has also been recorded by Ocean Colour Scene for The Who tribute album Substitute- the songs of The Who.