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Dreaming from the Waist

“Dreaming from the Waist” is a song by The Who, written by Pete Townshend and released on the group’s 1975 album The Who by Numbers (reissued in 1996); it also served as the B-side of the “Slip Kid” single, released in 1976 in the United States. The track’s lyrics deal with sexual frustration and the restlessness associated with getting older (Townshend had turned 30 in 1975), while the music features a bass solo from John Entwistle.

A live version recorded in Swansea, Wales on 12 June 1976 appears on the The Who by Numbers reissue and the Thirty Years of Maximum R&B box set, while the 9 December 1975 version from Cleveland was included in the Thirty Years of Maximum R&B Live video and DVD. In an interview from Thirty Years of Maximum R&B Live, Townshend declared “Dreaming from the Waist” as one of his least favorite songs to play onstage (referring to it as a “fresh turd” at the conclusion of song’s performance at the band’s one-off show at Kilburn in December 1977); in humorous contrast, John Entwistle, claimed in the same series of interviews that “Dreaming from the Waist” was one of his favorite songs to perform.

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