"I Can See For Miles" is a song by The Who
Pete Townshend considers this the best song he ever wrote. He thought it would be a huge hit and was disappointed when it wasn't.
Townshend's guitar was overdubbed in the studio. They rarely played this live because it was impossible to recreate the sound with one guitar.
The Who Sell Out is a concept album that makes fun of radio commercials. Fake ads were inserted between songs on the first side of the album.
Townshend wrote this shortly after meeting his future wife Karen. It was a reminder that even though he was on the road, he could still keep an eye on her from miles away.
The word "Miles" is said 57 times in the song. (thanks, Brad - Chicago, IL)
This was covered in a lighter, easygoing, and rather corny manner by Vegas lounge lizard Frankie Randall (who sang the lyric "There's magic in my eyes" as "There's magic in your eyes", thus rather confusing the song's meaning). It is included on the Golden Throats CD. (thanks, Brett - Edmonton, Canada)
Surprisingly, this was the only Who single to reach the Top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100.
Townshend's played a one-note guitar solo on this song. According to an interview he conducted with his mate Richard Barnes for the book The Story of Tommy, Townshend did this because he "couldn't be bothered." He later admitted that he felt very intimidated at the arrival of Hendrix on the London scene during that time and that he couldn't ever compete in the guitar solo stakes.