The Who announce new album 'Who'
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Pete Townshend wanted Roger Daltrey to rap on The Who’s new album

With The Who ramping up excitement around their new album, Who, Roger Daltrey has revealed how Pete Townshend attempted to take the iconic rock group in a new direction.

The record, which is released on December 6th and arrives as the band’s 12th studio album, arrives as the follow-up to their 2006 effort Endless Wire and marks their first album of new material in 13 years.

Created by both Townshend and Daltrey with the help of numerous different session musicians, Who will be made up of eleven tracks which will include “dark ballads, heavy rock stuff, experimental electronica, sampled stuff and Who-ish tunes that began with a guitar that goes yanga-dang”, according to Townshend.

While the duo will look to push the boundaries of the musician scope, Daltrey has recently explained that Townshend began to take things down a path nobody else could have imagined on their track ‘All This Music Must Fade’. “I hated [the song] at first,” he explained in a new interview with  Rolling Stone.

“On the demo, he had some rapping on it,” Daltrey added. “Well, no fucking way I’m going to rap. No way. Let the youngsters wear those clothes.” 

You can listen to the song below and, while it doesn’t include any rapping, it does have the lyric: “I don’t care, I know you’re gonna hate this song.”

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