The Kids Are Alright (Pete Townshend) Towser Tunes, Inc./Fabulous Music Ltd./ABKCO Music, Inc. (BMI)

From the My Generation liner notes by Brian Cady:

 

Recorded October 13th, 1965 at IBC Studio A, London.

"This was going to be the B-side to 'Generation'. It's our French EP. Shel Talmy said he'd prefer it as the 'A' side in the States. He doesn't like taking chances, he doesn't like doing anything. I don't know where I got the idea for this one from. It sounds sort of symphonic. This is the favourite number on the LP of John, Keith and me."
--Pete Townshend (1965)

Recorded after midnight at the same session that yielded the release version of "My Generation." For the U.S. LP this track had the middle guitar and drum bridge removed. This shortened version (2'42) was released as a single in the U.S. July 1966 and reached #106 in Billboard and #85 in Cash Box.

The Who filmed a music video for it showing them performing by the Serpentine Lake in Hyde Park.

The full-length version was released in Europe as a single without the Who's consent on August 12th, 1966. It reached #41 in the U.K. but #8 in Sweden. The complete mono version is widely in print on The Who's box set 30 Years Of Maximum R&B and on the 2008 My Generation Box from Japan. The stereo mix lacks the original's double-tracked vocals. A live version from 1999 appears on The Blues To The Bush.

From the Meaty Beaty Big & Bouncy liner notes by Brian Cady:

Produced by Shel Talmy at Pye Studios, London on October 13, 1965.

"'The Kids Are Alright' wasn't a single in England; it was in the States. Funnily enough, this broke really well in Detroit, an area where both Decca Records and the local community were a little more hip to The Who than they were elsewhere. Detroit, or at least Ann Arbor, was the first place in the States we played after New York."
--Pete Townshend

This is a version edited by Shel Talmy Oct. 14, 1965 for the U.S. market from the 3'05 original found on the British My Generation LP. Originally released on that album and despite what Pete says above, subsequently released as a single in the U.K. as Brunswick 05965 on August 12, 1966 to compete against The Who's official release of "I'm A Boy" on the Reaction label.

At the time a lawsuit was raging between The Who and their ex-producer Shel Talmy. The single reached #41. The B-side was "The Ox." In the U.S. it was released as Decca 31988 with the B-side "A Legal Matter" in July 1966. It reached #106 in the Billboard charts and #85 in Cash Box.

It was rarely performed live until The Who revived it in 1999-2000 and improvised new lyrics for it which can be heard on The Who & Special Guests Live at the Royal Albert Hall video (2000).

Not included on My Generation - The Very Best Of The Who.

The full-length version is available on the boxset 30 Years Of Maximum R&B while the U.S. edited version is on The Who: The Ultimate Collection. A stereo version is available on My Generation: Deluxe Edition.

I don't mind other guys dancing with my girl
That's fine, I know them all pretty well
But I know sometimes I must get out in the light
Better leave her behind with the kids, they're alright
The kids are alright

Sometimes, I feel I gotta get away
Bells chime, I know I gotta get away
And I know if I don't, I'll go out of my mind
Better leave her behind with the kids, they're alright
The kids are alright

I know if I go things would be a lot better for her
I had things planned, but her folks wouldn't let her

I don't mind other guys dancing with my girl
That's fine, I know them all pretty well
But I know sometimes I must get out in the light
Better leave her behind with the kids, they're alright
The kids are alright

Sometimes, I feel I gotta get away
Bells chime, I know I gotta get away
And I know if I don't, I'll go out of my mind
Better leave her behind with the kids, they're alright
The kids are alright

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