'I Can't Explain' was the A-side of the group's first single released under the name The Who. The track also features on The Who's 1971 compilation album 'Meaty Beaty Big and Bouncy'. In the album's liner notes, Townshend noted the song's similarity to the hit single 'All Day And All Of The Night' by The Kinks: "It can't be beat for straightforward Kink copying. There is little to say about how I wrote this. It came out of the top of my head when I was 18 and a half."