Pete Townshend: “Let My Love Open The Door” (1980)

This is to many the most popular song in Pete’s personal catalog, and his only solo Top 10 single to date. “Let My Love Open The Door” deals with the teachings of Meher Baba if memory serves. The US flip side, “And I Moved,” is purportedly about Pete’s own homoerotic conflict (let my love open the backdoor, I suppose). This is why I generally don’t do a lot of digging into the composer’s intent (well, that and laziness). The UK single featured two nonalbum tracks. Probably the less you know about “Greyhound Girl,” the better.

Original 7-inch single version (UK)
A1. Let My Love Open The Door
B1. Classified
B2. Greyhound Girl

Original 7-inch single version (US)
A1. Let My Love Open The Door (Pete Townshend) (2:42)
B1. And I Moved (Pete Townshend) (3:22)

7-inch single reissue (Atlantic Oldies Series)
A1. Let My Love Open The Door
B1. A Little Is Enough

The Plastic
Released on 7-inch single in the UK in June 1980 (Atco, K11486) and the US and Canada (Atco, 7217) with picture sleeve; reached #46 on the UK charts and #9 on the US charts (charted on June 14, 1980 for 19 weeks). Also released as promotional 7-inch in 1980 in the US (Atco, 7217) with A mono version on flip side. Re-issued on 7-inch in the US (Atlantic Oldies Series, OS-13225) with “A Little Is Enough” on flip side.

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