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Album: The Who By NumbersReleased: 1975
The Who guitarist Pete Townshend wrote this song, which uses war imagery as metaphor for life in the music business. Much of The Who By Numbers album deals with his frustrations with the industry, and trying to cope with becoming an aging rock star. Said Townshend: "'Slip Kid' came across as a warning to young kids getting into music that it would hurt them - it was almost parental in its assumed wisdom."
This was released in August 1976 in Canada and the US with "Dreaming From The Waist" as its flip side.
Pete Townshend's original demo was released on his 1999 solo album Lifehouse Chronicles
The Who played this at a few of their shows in 1976, but rarely thereafter. It was surprising then when it showed up in the setlists for their 50th anniversary tour in 2015. "It feels very new," Pete Townshend told Rolling Stone. "You could put it into the voice of some young Islamic student who decides to go fight in Syria and ends up in ISIS being forced to chop people's heads off, and it would fit."