Double Feature: Smokey Robinson’s “The Tracks Of My Tears” Inspired The Who’s “Substitute”

“Smokey Robinson sang the word ‘substitute’ so perfectly…I decided to celebrate the word itself with a song of its own.” – Pete Townshend, 1987


Also, Townshend claimed to have stolen his guitar riff from Robb Storme & The Whispers’ 1965 single “Where Is My Girl”.