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The Quiet One (The Who song)

“The Quiet One” is a song by The Who, written by bassist John Entwistle. It is one of two Entwistle contributions to The Who’s first album without Keith Moon, Face Dances. Entwistle’s other contribution to Face Dances is “You”, with Roger Daltrey on lead vocals.

“The Quiet One” is also a B-side for the first single from Face Dances, “You Better You Bet”.

“You Better You Bet” reached number 18 on the Billboard Hot 100, number 1 on the Billboard Top (Rock) Tracks, and number 9 in the UK.[1]

The song was written by John Entwistle to replace his song “My Wife” (from Who’s Next) on tour, and he did so for the years of 1981 and The Who’s Tour of 1982. However, in following tours, this song was never played again; “My Wife” was brought back.

Entwistle said about the song:

“It’s me trying to explain that I’m not really quiet. I started off being quiet and that’s the pigeon hole I’ve been stuck in all these years. It started when I heard Kenney playing a drum riff and I thought ‘that would be really great for a song and give Kenney a chance to play that on stage.’ So I got Kenney to put down about three minutes of that and I worked along with it and came up with the chorus of ‘A Quiet One.’ I wrote ‘Quiet One’ especially to replace ‘My Wife’ onstage. I had gotten tired of singing that and ‘Boris The Spider.'”[2]

 

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