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ZOOT SUIT

Release Date: 7/3/1964

Track List

  1. A: ZOOT SUIT (as The High Numbers)
  2. B: I’M THE FACE (as The High Numbers)

BACKGROUNDER

UK: Fontana 480 Released: 3 July 1964 Highest chart position: No US release ZOOT SUIT Written by Peter Meaden Produced by Chris Parmeinter and Peter Meaden Recorded at Philips’ Studio, London, 1964 I’M THE FACE Written by Peter Meaden Produced by Chris Parmeinter and Peter Meaden Recorded at Philips’ Studio, London, 1964 ZOOT SUIT was the first record released by The Who, or The High Numbers as they were called between July and November of 1964. It features the original group, Keith Moon having joined them about a month before the June recording sessions at Philips’ Studio near London Marble Arch. The lyrics to ZOOT SUIT were written by Pete Meadon, an arch-Mod who been brought on board in a quasi-managerial capacity to advise The Who on matters of style. ZOOT SUIT, is actually based around a song by 60s soul group The Dynamics called MISERY (not the Lennon McCartney song) with new lyrics by Meaden, designed to appeal to The Who Mod following. Likewise the B-side, I’M THE FACE, also written by Meaden is set to the melody of Slim Harpo GOT LOVE IF YOU WANT IT. It failed to make the charts. The original single on the Fontana label, however, has since become the best known and most valuable collectors item in the bands entire UK catalogue. Mint condition singles can set you back almost £800 (as of 2008). Rumour has it that only 1,000 were pressed, and that several were apparently bought up by John Entwistles grandmother.