Pete Townshend writes new song for US TV drama

Pete Townshend has written a song for US TV show The Americans, according to Billboard .

Trending Now

Fugazi’s Ian MacKaye: “We decided we were going to start a new scene”

The new issue of Uncut revisits the birth of post-hardcore in Washington DC

Mogwai: Album By Album

Founded in 1995 and initially a trio, Glasgow’s Mogwai made their debut with “Tuner/Lower”, a self-pressed seven-inch in thrall...

Pete Townshend looks back at The Who in 1967: “I don’t think I was angry”

Smashing guitars, hanging out with Small Faces and keeping Keith Moon onside

Introducing the Deluxe Ultimate Music Guide to Bob Marley

In-depths reviews and archive encounters with the reggae legend

Pete Townshend has written a song for US TV show The Americans, according to Billboard .

The track, titled “It Must Be Done“, is the first original song the guitarist has composed for a TV programme. The Americans is broadcast on the FX channel and follows two Soviet KGB officers posing as a married American couple in the suburbs of Washington DC. Townshend’s song was initially intended to soundtrack a scene during which a car is followed but producers decided it didn’t fit after the scene was edited. It will now appear during a scene described as “sex and murder”.

Speaking to Billboard about composing the track, Townshend said: “I wanted to keep it very simple. Here’s this couple whose whole life is about duty, duty without honor, duty without explanation. There are no accolades.They’re not living a lie but doing things they find hard to do. Everybody has a part of their life that’s difficult to explain. For me it’s why the fuck am I in the Who?”

Elsewhere, two different versions of Townshend’s “Let My Love Open The Door” will feature on the first episode in the new series of Californication. LA producer Philip Stier’s remix will open the programme while Townshend’s 1980 original will end it.


Advertisement

Latest Issue

The Who, New York Dolls, Fugazi, Peggy Seeger, Scritti Politti, Bob Dylan, Marvin Gaye, Serge Gainsbourg, Israel Nash and Valerie June
Advertisement

Features

Advertisement