Writer: Pete Townshend
Producer: Shel Talmy
Recorded: November 16th, 1966, at IBC Studios in London
Released: December 25th, 1965
|Players:||Roger Daltrey — vocals
Pete Townshend — guitar, vocals
John Entwistle — bass, vocals
Keith Moon — drums
|Album:||My Generation (Brunswick)|
“The Kids Are Alright” was one of Who singer-guitarist Pete Townshend’s “state of the youth” anthems. It was a favorite of the Mod crowd in the U.K.
The song originally featured a slashing guitar solo by Townshend that was edited out for the original versions of the My Generation albums. The solo was restored for the 1994 box set Thirty Years Of Maximum R&B and on the Deluxe Edition of the My Generation album.
The single version of “The Kids Are Alright” was also edited for radio play in August 1966, without the Who’s consent.
The song didn’t chart on the Billboard Hot 100, but it did reach Number 41 on the U.K. pop chart.
The My Generation album — which was titled The Who Sings My Generation in the U.S. — also did not reach the Billboard chart. In the U.K., My Generation reached Number Five.