The Who Share New Song "All This Music Must Fade" From Upcoming 'WHO' Album
By Taylor Fields
October 3, 2019
Just a few weeks ago, The Who announced their first album in 13 years, entitled WHO, and shared the first song from the highly-anticipated release. Now, the iconic rock band is giving fans another taste of the record with their latest track from the LP, "All This Music Must Fade."
"All This Music Must Fade" is the first track on WHO, and Pete Townshend describes the new track as "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."
WHO is The Who's 12th album and is set to be released on November 22nd and mostly recorded in London and Los Angeles in the spring and summer of this year. A press release explains that the songs were inspired by a number of different subjects including the "Grenfell Tower fire, musical theft, Spirituality, reincarnation, the power of memory and 'an old rock star that has lost all his marbles.'"
In a statement, The Who's Roger Daltrey said of the album, "I think we've made our best album since Quadrophenia in 1973, Pete hasn't lost it, he's still a fabulous songwriter, and he's still got that cutting edge."
Townshend added, "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 OK, and some of the songs refer to the explosive state of things today. I made new home studio demos of all these songs in the summer of 2018 using a wide collection of instruments old and new. We started recording as The Who in March 2019, and have finished now in late August just in time to make some vinyl ... maybe even some cassettes ... ready for release in November."