The Who - I Can See for Miles - 1967


The Who - "I Can See for Miles" - 1967

"I Can See for Miles" is a song by the English rock band The Who, released in 1967. This track is not only a significant part of The Who's musical legacy but also a notable moment in rock history.

Background and Release

Written by Pete Townshend, the primary songwriter for The Who, "I Can See for Miles" was part of the album "The Who Sell Out". This album showcased a unique blend of musical prowess and satirical advertising, emulating a pirate radio broadcast.

Musical Style and Reception

The song is renowned for its innovative use of guitar feedback and drumming style, which were groundbreaking at the time. Critics often praise the song for its energy and the band's performance. It represents a mix of hard rock and psychedelia, typical of that era.

Chart Performance and Legacy

"I Can See for Miles" achieved considerable chart success, reaching the top 10 in both the UK and the USA. Its enduring popularity is evident in its inclusion in various compilations and frequent use in media and advertising.

Influence on Rock Music

The song's innovative use of feedback and its overall style had a considerable influence on the development of hard rock and progressive rock genres. It's often cited by other musicians and bands as a significant influence on their work.

For more in-depth information, explore the Wikipedia article on "I Can See for Miles."

Interactive Tasks

Quiz: Questions on the song

What album featured "I Can See for Miles"? (The Who Sell Out) (!Tommy) (!Quadrophenia) (!Who's Next)

In what year was "I Can See for Miles" released? (1967) (!1965) (!1969) (!1971)

Which member of The Who wrote "I Can See for Miles"? (Pete Townshend) (!Roger Daltrey) (!John Entwistle) (!Keith Moon)

What style of music does "I Can See for Miles" primarily represent? (Hard Rock and Psychedelia) (!Pop Rock) (!Blues Rock) (!Punk Rock)

Which instrument's innovative use was a highlight in "I Can See for Miles"? (Guitar Feedback) (!Synthesizer) (!Bass Guitar) (!Harmonica)

Quiz: Questions on the Performer

What year was The Who formed? (1964) (!1960) (!1967) (!1970)

Who was the original drummer of The Who? (Keith Moon) (!John Bonham) (!Charlie Watts) (!Ringo Starr)

In which city was The Who originally formed? (London) (!Liverpool) (!Manchester) (!Birmingham)

Which of these albums is NOT by The Who? (Dark Side of the Moon) (!Tommy) (!Quadrophenia) (!Who's Next)

Which famous rock opera was created by The Who? (Tommy) (!The Wall) (!Jesus Christ Superstar) (!Starmania)

Quiz: Questions on the lyrics

What is the key theme of "I Can See for Miles"? (Suspicion and Betrayal) (!Love and Joy) (!Freedom and Rebellion) (!Hope and Redemption)

Which of the following lines appears in "I Can See for Miles"? ("I know you've deceived me, now here's a surprise") (!"Behind blue eyes, no one knows") (!"Hope I die before I get old") (!"Meet the new boss, same as the old boss")

The song's title "I Can See for Miles" is a metaphor for what? (Seeing through lies) (!Physical distance) (!Future vision) (!Life's journey)

How does the song's narrator feel towards the subject of the song? (Betrayed and vengeful) (!Loving and forgiving) (!Indifferent and detached) (!Excited and joyful)

Which of these phrases is NOT in the song "I Can See for Miles"? ("And I'll be there to bring you down") (!"You took advantage of my trust") (!"But you're gonna be surprised") (!"I can see for miles and miles")


Create a memory game with matching pairs for this topic.

The Who Formed 1964
Album with "I Can See for Miles" The Who Sell Out
Songwriter of "I Can See for Miles" Pete Townshend
Main Theme of the Song Suspicion and Betrayal
The Who's Famous Rock Opera Tommy

Open Tasks


  1. Create a Timeline: Research and create a timeline of The Who's major releases and concerts from 1964 to 1970.
  2. Design an Album Cover: Design your own album cover for "The Who Sell Out" incorporating elements of 1960s art styles.
  3. Write a Short Essay: Write about how "I Can See for Miles" reflects the music trends of the 1960s.


  1. Analyze the Lyrics: Dive into the lyrics of "I Can See for Miles" and discuss its themes of suspicion and betrayal.
  2. Compare and Contrast: Compare "I Can See for Miles" to another rock song from the 1960s in terms of musical style and themes.
  3. Create a Podcast Episode: Record a podcast discussing the impact of The Who on rock music.


  1. Research Paper: Write a detailed research paper on the evolution of rock music in the 1960s, with a focus on The Who.
  2. Musical Analysis: Analyze the musical composition of "I Can See for Miles," focusing on its use of guitar feedback and drumming.
  3. Interview Project: Conduct interviews with music fans of different ages to gather perspectives on The Who's music.

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Oral Exam

  1. Discuss the Influence: Talk about how The Who's music, especially songs like "I Can See for Miles," influenced later music genres.
  2. The Who's Legacy: Discuss the legacy of The Who in the context of modern music. How do they continue to influence artists today?
  3. Album Analysis: Analyze "The Who Sell Out" in terms of its concept and how it reflects the culture of the 1960s.
  4. Music and Society: Discuss how the themes in "I Can See for Miles" relate to broader societal issues during the 1960s.
  5. Compare Musical Eras: Compare the music scene of the 1960s with today's music scene, focusing on the evolution of rock music.

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