Peter Townshend once called this song “the most clumsy piece of writing [he’d] ever done”.
When The Who’s guitarist and songwriter had a rock critic friend check out the new ambitious rock opera TOMMY
the band was working on it met with a underwhelming response. After discussing it, they concluded that, to lighten the load of the rock opera’s heavy spiritual overtones TOMMY, a “deaf, dumb, and blind” boy, should at least be particularly good at something. Knowing the rock critic was a fan of playing Pinball, Townsend decided that would be the characters skill and this song was included.
Ironically the last minute addition not only became the cornerstone of the opera it was also a commercial success and remains one of the most popular Who songs and staple convert favourite.