Quadrophenia: Can You See the Real Me?

Genre: Documentary
59 min

Jimmy was a normal boy, with normal

needs, passing through the normal

things of childhood, but what made

everything so much more complicated

for him was he had a bipolar

problem, he was schizophrenic.

I think that Jimmy is meant to be,

instead of schizophrenic,

he is meant to be quadrophrenic,

and that is the original concept,

to have Jimmy have these four


So Quadrophenia was a double-album,

in the old days of vinyl that meant

you had two 12 inch vinyl discs.

And it's that difficult,

dodgy '70s thing, the concept album.

A sensitive story of a mod

on a journey of self-discovery,

but played by The Who - tough,

muscular, physical, a man's band.

What I know is that I'm going to

be on a stage

with a bunch of yobbos

with an electric guitar.

I'm going to have to turn it up, I'm

going to have to jump up and down,

I'm going to have to tell them

to f*ck off and shut up.

This is Pete, the writer, trying to

serve Keith and John and Roger,

giving them really

stimulating, useful

fucking stuff that they can express

their stage personalities through.

The Who's sound has got those

warring elements in it.

On the one hand they are

a street fighting band,

doing all that physical,

visceral side on the one hand,

on the other hand that spiritual,


melancholic lyrical side and banging

them together, often in one song.

This bit of paper is kind of,

on the top line you've got me,

Roger, John, Keith.

The next line is good, bad, romance.

They are joined together with

the word sex, insanity.

The idea that each of these themes

would produce songs.

In actual fact, this is just

a musical blueprint for what

I wanted to do.

Pete, you know,

is working very hard.

I don't know quite what on but...

You know, I think it'll be good.

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