Monday, April 28, 2014

FX series The Americans to feature new Pete Townshend song

A clip of a new Pete Townshend song, “It Must Be Done”, can be seen in a preview of this Wednesday’s (April 30) episode of the FX series The Americans.

Billboard reports The Who guitarist’s first original song for a television show was written with the show's composer Nathan Barr.

The song appears in a scene for which it was not written. Townshend and Barr initially had the music playing under a scene involving a car being shadowed, which did not fit after the scene was edited. It was moved to a scene that is being described as "sex and murder."

"It's really striking," Townshend said of the final placement.

The guitarist explained his approach to the tune and how it would mesh with the show’s storyline.

“I wanted to keep it very simple,” said Townshend. “Here's this couple whose whole life is about duty, duty without honor, duty without explanation. There are no accolades. They're not living a lie but doing things they find hard to do. Everybody has a part of their life that's difficult to explain. For me it's why am I in the Who?”

As for The Who, on June 9 (June 10 in North America), the band will release “Quadrophenia: Live In London”, a new package recorded in concert at Wembley Arena performing their 1973 classic album in its entirety on the final night of their 40th anniversary tour that celebrated the record’s original release.

Filmed on July 8, 2013, the Quadrophenia performance was followed a set of the band’s greatest hits for the sold-out crowd.

Learn more about the project here.

See also:

The Who to release Quadrophenia Live In London package
The Who to release The Story Of Tommy
VIDEO: The Who rock Super Bowl 44
The Who may record new album for 50th anniversary
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