Although both Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend are thrilled with the way the Who's new album, titled, WHO, has turned out -- Roger Daltrey admitted he was a bit shakey about tackling the new Townshend songs. Daltrey spoke to Mojo and shed light on the process behind the new album due out on December 6th, revealing, "I thought, 'F***, this is a great Pete Townshend solo album.' I was very negative because I couldn't see myself inhabiting these songs. But I listened again and realized there were things I could do, so I came up with certain ideas."

He specified what his issues were with the latest batch of prospective Who classics: "A lot of them were 'I' songs, which means they're Pete Townshend singing at you and less accessible to the listener. I suggested we change the tenses. Make it 'he,' 'me', 'we,' 'our.' These songs have to touch people. I am very self-critical, but once I'd found my way into the songs it was all right."

When pressed as to how Townshend took Daltrey doubting his carefully crafted demos being band ready, he said, "Explosive! (laughs) I didn't get back to him quickly either, because I didn't know what to say. But Pete had the grace to allow me to do what I wanted and the songs have come up really well. I had a wobble, though. He hit me with the demos late last year and said he wanted to tour and have an album out in time for the tour. I thought, 'God, how am I going to do this?' I have to take my time in the studio. I can't sing from the head, I have to sing from my heart. If I can't inhabit a song I've failed the audience."

Daltrey was asked why he and Townshend -- over 55 years after releasing the first Who album -- feel the need to keep producing new music, he joked: "'Cos we're stupid (laughs). I don't know why I'm still doing it. Maybe because I don't just want to be thought of as yesterday's man. (Softly) I want to be today's man, perhaps."

Townshend and Daltrey notoriously avoid each other in the studio -- with Townshend laying down the tracks and Daltrey recording his vocals separately. When asked how he would react if Townshend was unhappy with his work, he said: "If he didn't like it, I'd say, 'F*** off and sing it yourself.' But we have great respect for each other and I wouldn't send him anything that wasn't a great vocal."

Roger Daltrey has made no bones about the fact that he's kept up a busy solo career over the past decade for the sole purpose of serving the Who for future live dates and recordings. We asked Daltrey to lay out how he and Pete Townshend plot their future projects: "Well, y'know, he writes and then we decide. One of the reasons I'm doing this is so that if he ever does write anything significant or anything that he needs me to sing I've got a voice to do it. I've dedicated my life to being the voice of his music. I'm happy with that position. I feel I've done a good job for him."

Daltrey explained to us that he made a concerted effort to make the new Townshend songs his: "It's been important for Pete, because he just doesn't want to be seen as someone who's just going out peddling what he did 50 years ago. He's still current. And the stuff he's writing now, the new stuff will prove that. I thought, 'Well, this is great Pete Townshend stuff, but it's a Pete Townshend solo album.' But then I listened and found a way to get into it, and climb into it with my voice and who I am, and it's good. I'm not just blowing our trumpet -- it's good stuff."

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