The Who's Greatest Misses: Songs They Reissued Only Once
Among all the reigning veteran British rock bands, The Who is the world champ of releasing greatest hits compilations. These days you can buy the studio version of "My Generation" on 12 officially sanctioned best-of-The Who albums and live versions across 10 concert albums.
The classic Who lineup mean-mugs for the camera.
Yet there are some songs even The Who organization has shown some restraint in reissuing, so maybe another compilation is due. Why should you own so many copies of "My Generation" but only one copy of "Shout and Shimmy," its UK B-side? We've done the work for Universal Music. All they have to do is go in to the vault once again. I'm sure they know the way.
Here are Who tracks that were intended to get only limited exposure as B-sides that turned up on only one U.S. vinyl album in the band's lifetime. (Well, when at least three members were still alive.) That would be either Who's Missing or the bottom-of-the-barrel-scraping Two's Missing, which were released as budget CDs before The Who reissued its entire catalog digitally. For some songs, the not-so-amazing journey ended there.
These first four landed on Two's Missing, Who's Missing, or the deluxe edition of My Generation.
Bald Headed Woman (1964)
A producer forcing an artist to record one of his songs? This conflict-of-interest Shel Talmy composition is of interest to no one not named Shel Talmy. This worldwide B-side of "Can't Explain" features Roger Daltrey singing like Dana Carvey's Grumpy Old Man until the key changes and his voice cracks. A month earlier, Talmy strong-armed the Kinks to record this on their first album as "I've Been Driving Up Bald Headed Mountain," which scarcely improved it.
"Anytime You Want Me" (1965)
The U.S. B-side to "Anyway Anyhow Anywhere" was a limp ballad that sounded like a completely different band than the one playing on the savage A-side.
"Shout and Shimmy" (1965)
A cover of James Brown's rip-off of The Isley Brothers' "Shout." It also was performed as a warm-up song on The Who doc The Kids Are Alright.