Simon Townshend's first credited collaboration with The Who was as one of the supporting choralists for Ken Russell's 1975 film adaptation of Tommy
. He became a full touring member in 2002 and produced the single "Real Good Looking Boy
" two years later, but Who
was the first Who album that features one of his songs. He recalled to Mojo
"Originally I wanted Roger (Daltrey) and I to collaborate on something and sent him 25 songs. I didn't hear anything back from him, which was really hard. Then I played him a song I thought would be great for The Who - with harmonica and a big guitar riff – and they weren't impressed.
Finally I played them Break The News, which I never thought of as a Who song, and they loved it!"