Listen To The Who's New Song "I Don't Wanna Get Wise"

By Andrew Magnotta @AndrewMagnotta

November 22, 2019


The third single from The Who's upcoming album is another seemingly autobiographical track with numerous references to the band's tumultuous history.

"I Don't Wanna Get Wise" arrived Friday. The song is far to the lighter side of The Who's sonic palette. It seems to be built around a retrospective concept with the band's two surviving co-founders, Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey, expressing surprise and gratitude at their longevity.

The song's title phrase sounds like a reference to the band's recent statements about its inevitable retirement. Daltrey recently suggested that he only has a few good years left in his voice.

Listen in the player below or here.

The forthcoming album, Who, due out December 6, is the band's first new LP in 13 years. The new song joins earlier singles, "Ball and Chain" and "All This Music Must Fade."

Townshend let slip sometime last year that he had a new batch of songs this new album with The Who. In addition to the music, he also released his first novel, The Age of Anxiety, earlier this month.

Get all of The Who's tour dates here.

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