Retro: Quadrophenia – Can You See The Real Me?

Friday night I sat down and watched the film ‘Quadrophenia‘ with my eleven year old son. I had to explain the Mod and Rocker thing to him and that these seaside events did actually happen. I would not explain the Leslie Ash thing though to him. Next day we were in what was the London Marquee Club on Charing Cross Road, now a pub where we stopped off to eat. All the walls were decked with mementos to the premises famous history. He clocked The Who poster above us and said that’s who wrote the music to Quadrophenia, I was impressed.

Along with the film The BBC decided to show an insight to Pete Townshend and what inspired him to write what was essentially a ‘rock opera’. This was in fact a real good watch with it all over it seemed after a few minutes. Even though this was not as globally well-known as ‘Tommy‘, for me this collection of songs was the band at the height of it’s musical statue. I can not remember the social climate this piece of music was written in or the youth culture that it spawned which was fascinating, due to being only in the infants school and a sandpit was far more fun then.

About Stevo Music Man

Music fan (Worked in music 79-92, gigs, collector, Indie DJ) Football (LCFC Season ticket), Travel, Read, Swim, Cycle & Internet.
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4 Responses to Retro: Quadrophenia – Can You See The Real Me?

  1. thereviewer says:

    Ashamed to say I only saw this famous film for the first time the other week. Very moody I thought, although inspirational to see Phil Daniels chicken necking! Sounds like your son is well on the way to compiling an encyclopaedic musical brain to rival yours Stevo…

  2. Ric says:

    Sure many have told you this already but the original Marquee Club was in wardour street and is now a restaurant. Charing cross road was a much later version with none of the history. Sorry

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