I Can See for Miles

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About I Can See for Miles

"I Can See for Miles" is a song by the English rock band the Who, recorded for the band's 1967 album The Who Sell Out. Written by guitarist Pete Townshend, it was the only song from the album to be released as a single. It remains the Who's biggest hit single in the US and, after debuting on the Hot 100 at number 72 on 14 October 1967, their only one to reach the Top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100, at number 9 on 25 November – 2 December 1967.


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The Who

The Who are an English rock band formed in 1964 by Roger Daltrey (lead vocals, guitar, harmonica), Pete Townshend (vocals, guitar, keyboards), John Entwistle (vocals, bass) and Keith Moon, (drums, vocals). They became known for energetic live performances which often included instrument destruction. The Who have sold about 100 million records, and have charted 27 top forty singles in the United Kingdom and United States, as well as 17 top ten albums, with 18 Gold, 12 Platinum and 5 Multi-Platinum album awards in the United States alone. more »

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Song Title
"I Can See For Miles" is a song by the British rock band The Who, released as a single in 1967.
Album Association
This song is on their 1967 album "The Who Sell Out".
Chart Performance
It is the band's only song to have reached the top 10 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the US, where it peaked at number nine.
Song Writers
The song was written by the band's guitarist Pete Townshend. It has been dubbed by him as the best song he ever wrote.
Song Meaning
The lyrics are about a man who suspects his lover of being unfaithful, but he assures her that no matter what she does, he can see everything she does.
Song Inspiration
Townshend has claimed the song came to him in a dream and was influenced by the views he had while on an airplane.
Song Criticism
Despite its commercial success, "I Can See for Miles" was a source of tension within the band as drummer Keith Moon reportedly felt it didn't go far enough to capture the band's live energy.
Psychedelic Rock
This song is considered to be an example of early psychedelic rock.
Paul McCartney's Reaction
The song was reportedly the inspiration behind The Beatles' Paul McCartney writing "Helter Skelter". McCartney wanted to create a song that was "even louder and dirtier" after hearing "I Can See for Miles".
Cover Versions
There have been several cover versions of "I Can See for Miles", some of the well-known artists are; Tina Turner, Pearl Jam and Marty Stuart.
Song Reception
In 2004, "I Can See For Miles" was ranked number 912 on "Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Songs of All Time".
Live Performances
Even though the song was a success, due to its complexity it was rarely performed live.

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