Won’t Get Fooled Again
The Who (197 1)
On the face of it, Won’t Get Fooled Again is a belting, eight-and-a-half-minute ode to the joys of throwing off the shackles of oppression. A glistening, brave new dawn of synthesizers is interrupted by Keith Moon barrelling away at his kit like an octopus; “We’ll be fighting in the street…” barks Roger Daltrey, sounding like a man with some practical experience in the field, “...and the morals that they worshipped will be gone.” However, while the counterculture was still gamely railing against “the man”, Pete Townshend’s wired-in scepticism was never going to allow The Who to nail their colours to anyone’s mast, no matter how right-on. Feeling that for all the 1960s’ s’ radical hoo-ha nothing much had changed, the song’s actual message was to be wary of anyone telling you what to do or think, regardless of how long their hair might be. “Meet the new boss, same as the old boss” – a mantra that still rings true for anyone shucked by the false hope of change.