"Your senses will never be the same!" — Tommy pinball machine from the film.
You thought you were the Bally table king, but you haven’t seen Tommy’s Mom’s pinball machine!
Wow is this poster… something.
BBC Radio 6 is running a series entitled
I’m Keith Moon, What’s Your Excuse?
Narrated by Phil Daniels (aka Jimmy from the Quadrophenia film)
We hear so much salacious gossip about feuds between musicians that this letter, spotted by Letters of Note, is a welcome antidote to all the negativity. Pete Townshend wrote his missive of praise for The Kinks after they supported The Who in Chicago, on Halloween 1969. Apparently, Ray Davies and co. were opening for a band that used to open for them because they’d been banned from touring the US back “over some Union hassle or Tax hassle” that ultimately hurt their fame stateside. (Chicagoist explains that Townshend is referring to a 1964 incident in which Davies clocked a musician’s union rep; our researchshows that the fight actually happened in ’65.) Among other compliments, the Who guitarist praised The Kinks’ then-new album,Arthur (Or the Decline and Fall of the British Empire), writing, “I never thought they could ever best Village Green for sheer Kinksness but they appear to have done it.” Read the entire, adoring letter — typewritten on wonderfully kitschy Holiday Inn stationery — after the jump.
Pete Townshend enjoys the Kinks.
"You know, there’s nothing worse, when you’re trying to be serious, than to have a human wasp flying all over the studio.”
—Keith Moon of the Who, on the subject of costumed characters in the studio
You can hear Keith’s composiiton, WASP MAN, here. This song was the b-side of THE RELAY.
This story of Roger Daltrey meeting a 12-year-old WHO fan will jerk a tear to your eye. Click the pic to get hip.
The Godfather Meets the Punk?
Pete Townshend and Bob Mould meeting backstage at a Quadrophenia show.
The Who in a 1968 LIFE magazine feature, “The New Rock.”
"And to ease the loss of youth
and the many, many years I’ve missed you
pages plead forgiveness, every word handwritten…”
—Handwritten by The Gaslight Anthem
There’s something about rock and roll music and its lasting connection to youth that later in life can almost give you an alternate history of growing up. Listening to The Who’s Quadrophenia can take me back to those awkward years in a heartbeat - yet I don’t know anything about being either a mod or a rocker. (A mocker, on the other hand…well, don’t get me started!)
Growing up a few hours away from the Jersey Shore made Bruce Springsteen’s music a natural and easy source for an alternate version of my youth. While I never got caught on the South Beach Drag’s Tilt-a-Whirl, I did see my friend Kenny get stuck upside-down on that coaster in Wildwood. It’s interesting to note that both Bruce and that particular Who album are steeped heavily in the allure of the beach and ocean. There’s also a deep romantic streak running through all this music that’s not always visible at surface level. Sometimes it takes awhile for it to be noticed; maybe that’s due to years and distance you put on with the tunes over the years of growing older.
Tonight at the 9:30 Club in Washington DC, we’ll once again spend some time with The Gaslight Anthem, whose 2012 LP, Handwritten, is one of my favorites of the year. We spent some time this summer for the first time in years at the Jersey Shore, and it was the perfect soundtrack for driving around there. AND PLAYING IT LOUD. What continually astounds me about it is how I can both look back and ahead with the music. There are a lot of allusions to records (the song 45 likens recovering after a breakup to turning a record over), the radio, and the love of music - especially in the moving video for this song.
This song and the above quote makes me think back on the lonely, awkward years and the pain inherent in feeling those feelings so intensely and passionately. The song is a love letter to the days of handwritten notes and letters - and does it without necessarily knocking or commenting on technology (like Arcade Fire’s tune “We Used To Wait”).
As we move forward with planning a wedding, though, there’s another line in the song that turns me around and has me looking forward with immense positivity.
"And with this pen, I thee wed
from my heart to your distress…”
At first glance it might seem sad because of the “distress,” but to me the connection of heart to distress means that said distress is getting addressed by the ceremony at hand.* These things may or may not be intended by The Gaslight Anthem, but when it comes to lyrics… they’re always in the ears of the beholder. These are a few reasons why I love The Gaslight Anthem and especially their current LP.
(*Note: I’m not saying my fiancée is in any distress, it’s just a line I like in a song!)
Wherever you are, whenever you need it… the YEAH button will be there:
Pete Townshend and Zak Starkey.
Quadrophenia tour 2012.
Verizon Center, Washington DC.
November 13, 2012.