- Pete Townshend of The Who said one of his songs was interpreted as a “coming out” by means of Playboy.
- Townshend discussed how his words were misunderstood.
- He later discussed his sexuality in his memoirs.
The WHO‘s Pete Townshend said one of his songs was misinterpreted as a coming out song, even if it wasn’t. He once said he didn’t consider himself bisexual and said he just had a feminine side. Subsequently, Townshend discussed his sexuality in a completely different light.
The Who’s Pete Townshend discussed the misunderstanding created by his solo song ‘Rough Boys’
The book Who Are You: The Life of Pete Townshend contains an extract from a Playboy interview from 1994. In it, Townshend discussed his solo number “Rough Boys” which appeared on his second album Empty glass from 1980.
“I did an interview about it and said ‘Rough Boys’ was about being gay, and in the interview I also talked about my ‘gay life’, which – I meant – was really about the friends I’ve had who are gay. ” he said. “So the interviewer put the dots on the i’s and crossed the i’s and assumed this was a coming out, which it wasn’t at all.”