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You Better You Bet - The Who

You Better You Bet

Face Dances
classic rock rock the who british 70s


"You Better You Bet" was written by Pete Townshend as a love song for his girlfriend at the time. Townshend said of the song, "I developed ['You Better You Bet'] over several weeks of clubbing and partying. I had gone through a lean period in my marriage and was seeing the daughter of a friend of mine. I wanted it to be a good song because the girl I wrote it for is one of the best people on the planet." When commenting on the song's lyrics and music, Pete Townshend said, "'You Better You Bet' was a very spontaneous lyric. A fairly spontaneous, peppy song; it's a pop song, really, it's just a pop song." Roger Daltrey commented on the song's vocal melody, comparing it to Elvis Presley. He said, "A wonderful, wonderful song. The way the vocal bounces, it always reminds me of Elvis." The song is also a favorite of Roger Daltrey, who said, "'You Better You Bet' is still one of my favorite songs of all." "You Better You Bet" was released as the first single from Face Dances in February 1981, backed with the John Enstwistle-penned "The Quiet One." The song peaked at #9 in the Britain, but in America, it only reached #18. This is thought to have been because Warner Bros. Records had decided to boycott independent promoters in America, which resulted in less airplay for the track. The song makes references to both the group T. Rex, and the group's own 1971 album Who's Next, with the line: "I drunk myself blind to the sound of old T. Rex... and Who's Next". This song also sounded very similar to Pete Townshend's solo release "Let My Love Open The Door" which had been released a year prior.


The Who are an English rock band formed in 1964. Their classic line-up consisted of lead singer Roger Daltrey, guitarist and singer Pete Townshend, bass guitarist John Entwistle, and drummer Keith Moon. They are considered one of the most influential rock bands of the 20th century, selling over 100 million records worldwide and holding a reputation for their live shows and studio work. The Who developed from an earlier group, the Detours, and established themselves as part of the pop art and mod movements Show more ...

You Better You Bet - The Who

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