The Seeker: Background
The piece, about a tortured soul looking for answers, was written by Pete Townshend and performed by The Who in 1970. “I suppose I like this least of all the stuff,” Townshend says, but “it sounded great in the mosquito-ridden swamp I made it up in, in Florida, at three in the morning, drunk out of my brain with Tom Wright and John Wolff.” Released in the U.K. in March 1970, it reached #19 in the charts. Released in the U.S. a month later, it eventually peaked at #44.–-Wikipedia
Neil in the liner notes to the Feedback album suggests neither he nor his bandmates covered the song in their early years, but they included it in their EP because it was among the songs they liked from the era and they thought they could cover it effectively “meaning not too many backing vocals” and have some fun with.
~ by rvkeeper on January 12, 2011.