You Better You Bet (5:37)

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“You Better You Bet” was written by Pete Townshend as a love song for his girlfriend at the time. Townshend said of the song, “I developed [‘You Better You Bet’] over several weeks of clubbing and partying. I had gone through a lean period in my marriage and was seeing the daughter of a friend of mine. I wanted it to be a good song because the girl I wrote it for is one of the best people on the planet.”

When commenting on the song’s lyrics and music, Pete Townshend said, “‘You Better You Bet’ was a very spontaneous lyric. A fairly spontaneous, peppy song; it’s a pop song, really, it’s just a pop song.” Roger Daltrey commented on the song’s vocal melody, comparing it to Elvis Presley. He said, “A wonderful, wonderful song. The way the vocal bounces, it always reminds me of Elvis.”

The song is also a favorite of Roger Daltrey, who said, “‘You Better You Bet’ is still one of my favorite songs of all.”

“You Better You Bet” was released as the first single from Face Dances in February 1981, backed with the John Enstwistle-penned “The Quiet One.” The song peaked at #9 in the Britain, but in America, it only reached #18. This is thought to have been because Warner Bros. Records had decided to boycott independent promoters in America, which resulted in less airplay for the track.

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