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Atkins also notes the song`s “ironic humor.” [3] Mason also finds the song “funny.” [5] Segretto points out that Townshend`s lyrics are surprisingly misogynistic, but this is tempered by the “playful tone and cute lines like `I just want to keep doing all the dirty little things I do.`” [4] According to Townshend, the song is about “a guy running away from a chick who wants to nail him for breach of contract. What that song was shouting behind lines like “It`s a legal matter, baby, getting married isn`t fun / It`s a legal question, baby, you put me on the run” was: “I`m alone, I`m hungry, the bed needs to be made.” I wanted a maid, I guess. [2] Marsh suggests that the protagonist really doesn`t want to get married because “he`s afraid to find out who he really is (boring, bourgeois, and conventional).” “A Legal Matter” is a song written by Pete Townshend and recorded by British rock band The Who for their debut album My Generation. It was recorded at IBC Studios on October 12, 1965 and was released both as the B-side of “The Kids Are Alright” in the United States and as the A-side of a single that reached #32 in the UNITED Kingdom. Both singles were released by Shel Talmy without permission from The Who[1][2] and were the result of a legal dispute between Talmy and the band at the time and an attempt to sabotage the release of the single chosen by the band “Substitute”. [3] in reference to A Legal Matter / Instant Party (7″, Single, 45 RPM) 05956. Several commentators have noted an influence of the Rolling Stones on this song, especially on their song “The Last Time”. [1] [3] [5] [6] For example, Segretto says that “A Legal Matter” has “a nagging and burgeoning riff that could share DNA with `The Last Time.`” [4] Mason explains that the song “conclusively proves that Pete Townshend worked at a different level than almost any other songwriter in London in 1965.” Atkins describes the two-note guitar figure used in the song`s introduction as “memorable and catchy.” [3] He explains that the song contains a “short and jerky rhythm”, similar to that of their more famous song “My Generation”. [3] Steve Grantley and Alan G. Parker explain that “the band seems to have been let go and really let go to create another early classic.” [6] Segretto describes the melody as “excellent.” [4] Nicky Hopkins joins the band on the piano, and Segretto states that his “hyper-piano runs add a lot of amphetamine fuel to the song.

[3] [4]. The theme of the song is the fear of engagement and this is the first time Townshend has sung the lead song rather than Roger Daltrey, perhaps because the song was too close to home for Daltrey, who was divorcing his wife at the time. [1] Biographer John Atkins describes Townshend`s voice on the song as higher and less abrasive than Daltrey`s. But Rolling Stone critic Dave Marsh believes that while the vocals have some charm, they don`t suggest townshend`s voice would be good enough to be the band`s full-time lead singer. [2] Author Mike Segretto describes the song as a “non-commercial adenoid croon.” [4] According to Allmusic critic Stewart Mason, “the Adenoid screams actually give the singer the impression that he sneaks in the middle of the night, scared to death that his wife will catch him.” [5] with reference to A Legal Matter (7″, 45 RPM, Single, Mono, American series (export number)) AD.1002.