|Our collaborations with superstars have always come about through hilarious circumstances. In this case [of Pete Townshend] I'd written the song ["Hey Manhattan"] on keyboards, but I couldn't for the life of me think of a guitar part.|
I'd not been very well prior to recording it, but I'd got through the first five days of it and it was almost finished when I had to go to bed, ill. So I took to my bed and Martin, Wendy and Neil went along to mix it at Eel Pie Studio, which is Pete Townshend's studio.
I'd met him before and I knew he was a fan - his daughters like our records - but I'd never really spoken to him before. So I said to Wendy, who's very innocent really - she's not a rock'n'roll person and doesn't know people's great histories - I said to her before she went into the studio, "Do you think you could hint to Pete Townshend that he might play some guitar?"
Over the phone I dictated some chord windows to Wendy so she could pass them on. Now Wendy doesn't play the guitar, although she does a pretty good job in videos of pretending she does. And she went up to Pete Townshend and said: "Now this here, this is an A chord", showing him the little bar window. And he said to her, "Yes I think I can sort that out..."
The idea of Wendy telling someone like that how to play guitar is just brilliant!