“It Must Be Done,” a new Pete Townshend song, will premiere in the April 30th episode of the TV series The Americans. The Who guitarist wrote the song with Nathan Barr, an Emmy nominee who has composed music for movies and TV shows, including True Blood, Hostel and Cabin Fever.
“What I was struck by was that Nate composes on the cello, an instrument my partner and orchestrator Rachel [Fuller] uses, so I have listened to a lot of cello music and I have really fallen in love with it,” Townshend tells Billboard. “We exchanged ideas [between England and Los Angeles] and I was immediately struck by this very evocative piece he had written, very plaintive. I added some guitar, then came up with some lyrics.”