The Who Song Roger Daltrey Called ‘Pretentious’

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It’s probably reasonable to assume that songs and artists have a bond similar to a kid and parent. After instance, although some parents may enjoy their kids in every aspect, others may separate themselves slightly more from them and find it difficult to form close bonds with them. I don’t want to bring up anyone’s childhood traumas, but there are moments when life may be difficult.

Therefore, the relationships between musical compositions and their authors are comparable since, although some artists may prosper when playing a certain song, others may engage in conflict with other songs from their repertoire. Dan Reynolds of Imagine Dragons, for example, previously acknowledged penning a popular song as a ghostwriter, although he wasn’t really keen to discuss the tune.

The singer said that the popular song didn’t mean much to him and that he thought of his songs as his children. He also said that he wouldn’t have given away a song that meant a lot to him. If that song had any sentiments at all, they were wounded by this, but Dan felt that way.

And this gets us to the topic of today’s post, where we’ll continue to explain why the artist couldn’t bear the track while also examining another complicated connection between the track and its composer. The fact that Roger Daltrey is the recipient of today’s accolade is obvious from the title, and it’s probably safe to conclude that he regarded a certain The Who song as the group’s “black sheep” song.

While discussing his band’s favorite songs with Uncut in 2015, Daltrey made the sobering admission. So it was a cruel surprise when, amid all the songs the rocker loved, he began talking about how much he hated singing the band’s forgotten song “The Seeker” from 1971. It appears that the vocalist had made it his duty to avoid singing the song in front of large crowds at all times since doing so made him feel arrogant. It had been so long since Daltrey had played the song that he had completely forgotten about it, so he made the decision to throw away “The Seeker” and tried his best to avoid having it appear again in their setlists.

Roger said, “[I] was never ever fond of ‘The Seeker.’ To sing that song, to me, was like trying to push an elephant up the stairs. I found it cumbersome, the first song we’d ever done where I thought, ‘Nah, this is pretentious.’ I haven’t heard it for so long that, to be honest, I couldn’t even tell you what it sounds like.”

It’s clear from what’s readily apparent that Daltrey hated the song and found it difficult to connect with it. He made the decision to drop it in favor of the other Who songs, doing his best to let it go into the distant past of musical history. It’s fairly obvious that Roger regretted writing the song and made every effort to put it behind him.

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