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"A Legal Matter"

Brunswick 5956
Single by The Who
from the album My Generation
B-side "Instant Party"
Released 7 March 1966 (UK)
August 12, 1966 (USA)
Format 7"
Recorded 12 October 1965 at IBC Studios, London, UK
Genre Rock
Length 2:54
Label Brunswick Records (UK)
Decca Records (USA)
Writer(s) Pete Townshend
Producer Shel Talmy
The Who singles chronology
"Substitute"
(1966)
"A Legal Matter"
(1966)
"The Kids Are Alright"
(1966)
My Generation track listing
"I'm a Man"
(10)
"A Legal Matter"
(11)
"The Ox"
(12)

"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 Talmey without the permission of The Who on 11 March 1966 (the day drummer Keith Moon married his girlfriend Kim) and reached #32. This was an attempt to sabotage the release of the band's chosen single, "Substitute" which reached #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.

Like other Who songs written during the same period, the female subject is accused of deceit and deception.

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

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