THE WHO – QUADROPHENIA – November 1, 1973
00individual was nearly twenty-three when Quadrophenia was released, and it was a strange time indeed, whereas the last five years consisted of a trippy free-form lifestyle, by ’73 I was feelin’ very much in tune with the straight and narrow of this righteous double album; sorta world-weary, reflective of youth, introspective of the present and inquisitive of the future.
Around this period 00individual yearned for the warm psychedelic thrilling lifestyle of fun of the recent past and that was hard to let go even though the vibe was definitely waning. The times were a changin’ yet again as we reluctantly began to leave much of our world behind.
Late in ’73, Rock music was reaching it’s peak of perfection with Pink Floyd’s DSOTM and the Who’s Quadrophenia; and so it seemed that life and everything around us was peaking too.
Ironically our Culture was disintegrating due much in part to the end of the U.S. military involvement in the Viet Nam War mid-1973 – and with the War over and the Draft ended Hippies suddenly found themselves without the main causes they had championed for so many years.
The vibe had changed with the realization that there were only a couple more years left to live in the land we created and loved. This new atmosphere reluctantly motivated our Tribe members to mentally move on and into an unknown future . . . much like the American Indians, only not physically and without the bloodshed, disease and death, OK, not like the Indians.
Still, the air was thick with resolve; all of the prominent Cultures were settling into enclaves and became parts of the overall cultural fabric. The Surfers, still strong, went back to their hardcore enthusiast beginnings and same for the Car culture, the Politicos and the Intelligentsia, once highly vocal, were now strangely silent; high-profile civil rights and women’s rights had become accepted with the mainstream; head shops were becoming scarce; Love-Ins and Be-Ins were long gone and
even us Hippies donned less of our Tribe’s “Hippie gear” and slowly fell out of touch with our usually strong group of friends as we all began to contemplate our futures.
00individual, and what was left of the Tribe took the ultimate path that suited the times: Heroin.
Based on what I’ve previously described it would sound as though this were a last resort, a desperate end from the rise and fall of Utopia, but that’s not how it was at all.
Heroin just naturally evolved in availability and like all of the other drugs that proceeded it; proved manageable, mostly.
From the early ’70s on up we all had been or were still using cocaine – anyone who shot their drugs did it out of view and 90% of us never took it to the needle. However 00individual will reveal that “H” was his favorite non-hallucinogenic drug . . . specific subject matter for a later dedicated post.
The point of the above is that Quadrophenia was like a “2001: A Space Odyssey Monolith”, appearing at a perfect time as a catalyst for introspection and revelation of life themes that echoed the current joyous melancholy vibe that we all were experiencing.
Quadrophenia, a true Historic and Classic Double Album Monolith (and 00individual’s second favorite Who album, right behind the Who “Live at Leeds”), is thee perfect blend of the best of everything that Rock and the Who had to offer; a righteous historic and classic storyline/screenplay told in an intricate, heartfelt, explosive, raw, beautiful, hard Rocker from one of the Top Four Classic Rock Bands ever.
All songs written and composed by Pete Townshend.
1. “I Am the Sea” 2:08 2. “The Real Me” 3:20 3. “Quadrophenia” 6:13
4. “Cut My Hair” 3:44 5. “The Punk Meets the Godfather” 5:10
6. “I’m One” 2:37 7. “The Dirty Jobs” 4:28 8. “Helpless Dancer” (Roger’s theme) 2:33
9. “Is It in My Head?” 3:43 10. “I’ve Had Enough” 6:14
11. “5:15” 5:00 12. “Sea and Sand” 5:01 13. “Drowned” 5:26
14. “Bell Boy” (Keith’s theme) 4:55
15. “Doctor Jimmy (containing “Is It Me?”)” (John’s theme) 8:36 16. “The Rock” 6:37
17. “Love, Reign o’er Me” (Pete’s theme) 5:48
00individual grew up, was schooled, lived and thrived near the beach so the whole spiritually-renewing power of the “sea and sand” environment of Quadrophenia created an especially cool personal Piscean connection.
Neuroscience research group “MindLab International” are in the business of finding out why we react the way we do to certain stimuli. Mindlab’s Dr David Lewis-Hodgson, said: “Brain imaging studies have shown that music works at a very deep level within the brain, stimulating not only those regions responsible for processing sound but also ones associated with emotions.”
While all Rockers and Music Lovers already knew these facts, the sounds that triggered emotional
reactions doubled with Quadrophenia, not because it was a double album, but because the magic of the music and the lyrics connected to “The Real Me” in many of us back in’73.
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