Tattoo (The Who Song)
"Tattoo" is a song written by Pete Townshend that was first released by The Who on their 1967 album The Who Sell Out. A "rite of passage" song, "Tattoo" tells the story of two teenager brothers who decide to get tattoos in their attempts to become men. Themes of the song include peer pressure to conform and young men's insecurity about their manhood. The song has been heavily praised by critics and has appeared on several of The Who's live and compilation albums. It has also been covered by Tommy Keene and Petra Haden.
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... "Tattoo" is one of Townshend's favorite songs, and it was included in The Who's live repertoire into the mid-1970s ... Live versions of the song were released on the 1995 CD version of the 1970 album Live at Leeds and the video The Who At Kilburn 1977 (although the performance on the video was actually from the London Coliseum) ...