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THE WHO SAYS 'QUADROPHENIA' REMAINS RELEVANT FOR CURRENT GENERATION

2/20/2013

Roger Daltrey says that the issues of alienation found in the Who's Quadrophenia easily apply to today's youth. Daltrey and Pete Townshend are currently leading the band through Quadrophenia's second revival, performing the 1973 double album in it's entirety for the first time in over 15 years. Daltrey told The Columbus Dispatch that teenagers' problems never really change over the decades, explaining, "I've never met someone who always fit in. That period of your life, going through adolescence, that kind of story doesn't change. I think everyone goes through that. I don't think that there's any problem (relating). . . This is an album that holds together the most. There was no interference from other writers. It's obviously Pete's pinnacle."

 

Daltrey maintains that he's still finding new things in the piece night after night on the road: "It all comes, that energy. It is wonderful. We drive each other. It's still a work in progress -- very, very different from what we had in '97. I don't know how many years I'm going to be able to sing this music. My voice is great at the moment."

  • Pete Townshend was asked about how alienated a kid can really be these days in the age of the Internet and social media: "I think the situation is sharpened by that. If you're one of those people who gets left out of the loop -- if you can't do Twitter -- you must feel pretty lonely. And I do think, today, that's what's so extraordinary about social media. The Internet is getting faster, . . . but the idea (that) young people have a short attention span is just rubbish. Music is becoming such a richer, deeper field. When they find something they love, they'll give it their time and attention."
  • Pete Townshend touched upon the fact that Quadrophenia's hero, "Jimmy," embodies key characteristics of each member of the Who: "What I'm most proud of is the fact that, y'know, in the execution of the idea, that, y'know, each member of the band would offer something to this kid; whether it was still working for him was another story. 'Cause I think the story of Jimmy in Quadrophenia is that nothing seems to work for him anymore, except sitting in the rain and praying."
  • Original London Mod "Irish" Jack Lyons has been a friend of the Who's going on 50 years, and remains thrilled and flattered that Pete Townshend used his life as the springboard for the character of Jimmy, which Townshend derived from their many conversations: "I used to tell Townshend all this. (Laughs) And the amazing thing about it is that while he was nodding his head looking at me, with a whimsical smile on his face, he was studying me! So I mean (laughs), not only was he stealing my dance steps from the Goldhawk Club and reenacting them the following week at the Marquee; you could say that he owes me a great deal in the sense of. . . in the spiritual sense."

  • The Who's North American tour dates (subject to change):
    February 21 - Uniondale, NY - Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum
    February 22 - Atlantic City, NJ - Atlantic City Boardwalk Hall
    February 24 - Manchester, NH - Verizon Wireless Arena
    February 26 - Providence, RI - Dunkin' Donuts Center
    February 28 - New York, NY - Theater At Madison Square Garden (with Elvis Costello)

FAST FACTS

  • For Quadrophenia, Pete Townshend created a song cycle chronicling the life of "Jimmy" -- a pill-popping fashion conscious R&B loving "Mod" from London in the mid-'60s. The album focused on Jimmy's battles with his parents, the mod nightlife, his demeaning office job, and the mods' legendary beach rumbles against their cultural nemesis, the "Rockers."
  • The character of Jimmy was supposed to represent the four facets of the Who: Keith Moon (insane), John Entwistle (romantic), Roger Daltrey (bad), and Pete Townshend (good).
  • The Who originally released Quadrophenia on October 19th, 1973 with the double record set peaking at Number Two on both sides of the Atlantic.
  • The album featured such classics as "The Real Me," "5:15," "I'm One," "The Punk And The Godfather," "Drowned," "Sea And Sand," and "Love Reign O'er Me."

SIDE NOTES

  • The Who's new documentary, The Who: Quadrophenia - Can You See The Real Me? - The Story Behind The Album, is now available for download on iTunes.
  • The film, which originally ran on the BBC before coming to VH1 Classic, gives an in-depth look at the making of -- and tour behind -- the 1973 album, featuring the Who's Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey, their manager Bill Curbishley, Quadrophenia engineer Ron Nevison, early Mod "Irish" Jack Lyons, Townshend confidante and biographer Richard Barnes, and rock journalist Howie Edelson, among others.

CHECK IT OUT: Pete Townshend on February 20th, 2007 performing "The Real Me" live in NYC at Joe's Pub:

Irish Jack Lyons On Inspiring Pete Townshend
Pete Townshend On The Who Offering Solace For 'Jimmy'


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