Creator Breakdown: Lifehouse, The Who By Numbers.
- Pete Townshend claimed in his 2013 memoir, Who I Am, that The Who By Numbers turned out the way it did almost by accident, as a result of Roger Daltrey handpicking the tracks which were released on the album:
[Roger] called the next day, very positive about what he heard. I had come up with a broad sweep of material, some upbeat, some R&B influenced, some reggae, some very light in tone, and some introspective and angry. I was surprised by the songs he liked best - the angry, cynical, depressive ones. The music was only partly complete, though; what I lacked on this collection, once again, was a defining context, a theme or concept. The songs Roger selected may have been the ones he liked best, but as a group they were later described as a kind of "suicide note" from me, and better suited to a solo album. I wasn't feeling suicidal at all, but I was terribly tired.