Pete Wylie, the acclaimed songwriter and Liverpudlian legend, has been making music under his own name and the many WAH! monikers since 1979. Now new compilation Teach Yself Wah! – A Best Of brings together the best of these recordings and two unreleased versions for the first time in over two decades in a sleeve featuring a portrait painted by Pete Townshend.

Pete began his career in the late 1970s in Liverpool, forming bands with Julian Cope, Ian MacCulloch, Pete Burns, future Frankie Goes To Hollywood member Paul Rutherford and soon-to-be Siouxsie And The Banshees drummer Budgie. In 1979, Wylie adopted the WAH! name going through many incarnations including Wah!, The Mighty Wah!, Wah! Heat and Shambeko! Say Wah. Support from John Peel helped Pete/Wah! to gain nationwide attention. Over the years he has had a string of classic singles, including ‘The Story Of The Blues’, ‘Come Back’, ‘Sinful’, ‘Seven Minutes to Midnight’ and later, the LFC anthem ‘Heart As Big As Liverpool’. He’s also performed with The Farm, Apollo 440, appeared with The KLF on their notorious first incarnation of ‘It’s Grim Up North’ and toured with the band Dead Men Walking featuring Glen Matlock of The Sex Pistols.

A proud Liverpudlian, Wylie’s defining song ‘Heart As Big As Liverpool’ is especially popular on Merseyside and with Liverpool Football Club supporters and is used in the official Hillsborough tribute video. In 2008, Pete performed at the opening ceremony of Liverpool’s European City of Culture tenure.

Teach Yself Wah! – A Best Of brings together tracks from across his numerous musical highways and byways. Wylie hand-picked the 20 songs to specifically highlight key points from each period in his life. As well as including his early singles and the songs which brought him chart success, he has also chosen deep cuts, including the original version of his collaboration with Big Hard Excellent Fish, available here for the first time since its initial 12” only release. Pete has also recreated two early tracks, especially for this album, which hear Pete sounding as vital as ever.

Pete will embark on a UK tour from February to April 2024, with festival appearances and additional dates throughout the year in support of Teach Yself Wah! – A Best Of .

Teach Yself Wah! – A Best Of is available for pre-order on Digipack CD and 2-LP housed in a gatefold sleeve with cover art featuring a hand-painted portrait of Pete by Pete Townshend, with liner notes from Pete Wylie.


1. Remember 

2. The Story Of the Blues (Part One)

3. You Can’t Put Your Arms Around A Memory 

4. Hope (I Wish You’d Believe Me) 

5. Talking Blues (The Story Of The Blues: Part Two)

6. Come Back 

7. Diamond Girl 

8. Fourelevenfortyfour 

9. Sinful (Song of The Sinful Angel)

10. The Day That Margaret Thatcher Dies – A Party Song 

11. Loverboy

12. Free; Falling (In Love With You) 

13. Heart As Big As Liverpool 

14. Better Scream 2024 

15. Seven Minutes To Midnight 2024 

16. Somesay 

17. Big Hard Excellent Fish – Imperfect List (Original Version)



Side A

1. Remember

2. The Story Of the Blues (Part One)

3. You Can’t Put Your Arms Around A Memory

4. Hope (I Wish You’d Believe Me)

5. Sleep (A Lullaby For Josie)

6. Talkin’ Blues (The Story Of The Blues: Part Two)

Side B

1. Come Back

2. Diamond Girl

3. Fourelevenfortyfour

4. Sinful (Song of The Sinful Angel)


Side C

1. The Day That Margaret Thatcher Dies – A Party Song

2. Loverboy

3. Is That What Love Is All About?

4. Free; Falling (In Love With You)

5 Heart As Big As Liverpool

Side D

1. Better Scream 2024

2. Seven Minutes To Midnight 2024

3. Somesay

4. The Seven Thousand Names of WAH!

5. Big Hard Excellent Fish – Imperfect List (Original Version)


Tickets On Sale Now

Friday, February 2, 2024 – The Cluny, Newcastle upon Tyne

Saturday, February 3, 2024 – The Voodoo Rooms, Edinburgh

Friday, February 9, 2024 – Yardbirds, Grimsby

Saturday, February 10, 2024 – John Peel Centre, Stowmarket

Friday, February 16, 2024 – The Flapper, Birmingham

Saturday, February 17, 2024 – Esquires, Bedford

Saturday, February 24, 2024 – The Trades Club, Hebden Bridge

Friday, March 1, 2024 – Exchange, Bristol

Saturday, March 2, 2024 – Bush Hall, London

Friday, March 8, 2024 – King Tut’s, Glasgow

Saturday, March 9, 2024 – Brudenell Social Club, Leeds

Friday, March 15, 2024 – Deaf Institute, Manchester

Saturday, March 16, 2024 – Bodega, Nottingham

Friday, March 22, 2024 – District, Liverpool

Friday, March 29, 2024 – Acapela Studio, Cardiff

Saturday, March 30, 2024 – Lens Studio, Portsmouth

Saturday, April 6, 2024 – District, Liverpool