A Legal Matter by The Who


"A Legal Matter" is a song written by Pete Townshend and recorded by The Who for their debut album My Generation. It was recorded on 12 October 1965 at IBC Studios, and released as the B-side to "The Kids Are Alright". The single was released by producer Shel Talmy without the permission of The Who on 11 March 1966 (the day drummer Keith Moon married his girlfriend Kim) and reached number 32. This was an attempt to sabotage the release of the band's chosen single "Substitute" which reached number 5. The subject of the song is teenage divorce and it marks the first time Townshend sang lead vocals, rather than Roger Daltrey, possibly because the song was too close to home for Daltrey who was divorcing his wife at the time.

The song was covered by Richard Thompson on his 2003 album 1000 Years Of Popular Music.