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Like fel­low Lon­don­ers the Kinks, the Who cel­e­brate their 50th an­niver­sary this year. I Can’t Ex­plain, the band’s first sin­gle, owes a debt to their early ri­vals, as singer Roger Dal­trey said in 1994: “When bands like the Kinks started to make it with their own songs, they were prob­a­bly our big­gest in­flu­ence.” I Can’t Ex­plain, about what it is to be young, awk­ward and un­able to ex­press feel­ings, fore­told the Who’s 1965 hit My Gen­er­a­tion, which took inar­tic­u­lacy a step fur­ther with its stut­ter­ing verses. Dal­trey said last year: “As the song says, ‘ I got a feel­ing in­side / I can’t ex­plain’ – the more we try to ex­plain it, the more we crawl up our own ar­ses. It was just us, a song that cap­tured that youth­ful en­ergy and testos­terone.” Co­in­ci­den­tally, Amer­i­can Shel Talmy, who pro­duced both I Can’t Ex­plain and My Gen­er­a­tion, had ear­lier in 1964 pro­duced the Kinks’ break­out hit, You Re­ally Got Me, ar­guably the ul­ti­mate an­them of teen frus­tra­tion.


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