IVE HEARD THERE’S A FEW MODS ABOUT.

QUADROPHENIA WAS THE SOUNDTRACK TO MY ANGST RIDDLED YOUTH.”YOU HAD TO BE A PART OF SOMETHING,A MOD OR THIS OR THAT.”MY DAD SAID TO ME ONCE “HAVENT YOU GOT A MIND OF YOUR OWN”.IT DIDNT MATTER BEING PART OF THE THIS CIRCLE OF FRIENDS WHO WERE MODS WAS MY LIFE AND EVERYWHERE WE WENT QUADROPHENIA THE ALBUM WAS ALWAYS TUCKED UNDER SOMEONE’S PARKA READY FOR SOME SERIOUS MOD/ROCK.I LOVE THE QUADROPHENIA ALBUM WITH ITS STARK, REALISTIC LYRICS,IT MEANT SOMETHING BACK THEN,”THE REAL ME”,”5:15″ THESE SONGS HAD A REAL EFFECT.

THE WHO-5:15
Why should I care?
Why should I care?

Girls of fifteen
Sexually knowing
The ushers are sniffing
Eau-de-cologning
The seats are seductive
Celibate sitting
Pretty girls digging
Prettier women.

Magically bored
On a quiet street corner
Free frustration
In our minds and our toes
Quiet stormwater
M-m-my generation
Uppers and downers
Either way blood flows.

Inside outside
Leave me alone.
Inside outside
Nowhere is home.
Inside outside
Where have I been?
Out of my brain on the five fifteen
Out of my brain on a train.

On a raft in the quarry
Slowly sinking.
On the back of a lorry
Holy hitching.
Dreadfully sorry
Apple scrumping.
Born in the war
Birthday punching.

He man drag
In the glittering ballroom
Greyly outrageous
In my high heel shoes
Tightly undone
They know what they’re showing
Sadly ecstatic
That their heroes are news.

Inside outside
Leave me alone.
Inside outside
Nowhere is home.
Inside outside
Where have I been?
Out of my brain on the five fifteen
Out of my brain on a train.

Why should I care?
Why should I care?

THE WHO-5:15.

THE WHO-IM THE ONE.

THE WHO-LOVE REIGN ON ME.

THE WHO-CUT MY HAIR.


I REMEMBER STUMBLING ACROSS THE WHO YEARS LATER IN NEW YORK,THEY WERE PLAYING AT MADISON SQUARE GARDEN.THE ATMOSPHERE WAS ELECTRIC WITH AN AIR OF SADNESS AS IT WAS ON THIS TOUR JOHN ENTWHISLE HAD PASSED AWAY.THE BAND DIDN’T FAIL TO DELIVER,THE HITS CAME THICK AND FAST AND TRANSPORTED ME BACK TO MY DAYS GONE BY AS A LITTLE MOD GROWING UP IN THE NORTH.ITS THE ONLY GIG IVE EVER CRIED AT.(NOW THERE’S A CONFESSION).THE AUDITORIUM WENT DARK AS THE FIRST FEW RIFFS OF PINBALL WIZARD WERE PLAYED A SINGLE SPOTLIGHT SHONE ON PETE TOWNSHEND AND ROGER SANG THE LINE”EVER SINCE I WAS A YOUNG BOY,IVE PLAYED THE SILVER BALL FROM SOHO DOWN TO BRIGHTON I MUST HAVE PLAYED THEM ALL”I TURNED ROUND TO MY MATE AND SAID THAT’S IT IM MOVING TO BRIGHTON.

THE WHO-SEA AND SAND.

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THE KIDS ARE ALRIGHT.

Keith John Moon (23 August 1946- 7 September 1978) was a drummer with the rock group The Who. He gained acclaim for his exuberant and innovative drumming style and notoriety for his eccentric and often self destructive behaviour, earning him the nickname “Moon the Loon.” Moon joined The Who in 1964. He played on all albums and singles from their debut, 1964’s “Zoot Suit”, to 1978’s Who Are You, which was released three weeks before his death.
Moon was known for dramatic, suspenseful drumming—often eschewing basic back beats for a fluid, busy technique focused on fast, cascading rolls across the toms, ambidextrous double bass drum work and wild cymbal crashes and washes. He is mentioned in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as one of the greatest of all rock and roll drummers.

The Who My Generation (infamous explosion)

The Who
At 17, Moon joined The Who, a replacement for Doug Sandom, after the band received the news that they could not expect a recording contract without a better drummer. Early in The Who’s career, as they gained a following, they sought to set themselves apart from other bands of the time. When their live sets culminated in what they later described as “auto-destructive art”, with Townshend (and Moon delighted, following suit) destroying their equipment in elaborate fashion, they made a name for themselves in the press and gained the attention they had lacked. It was an act that was imitated by other bands and artists including Jimi Hendrix (who had just signed with the same label) in his breakout performance at the 1967 Monterey Pop Festival. Moon showed a zeal for this, kicking and smashing his drums. During the end of their 1967 appearance performing on The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour, Moon had explosives loaded into one of his kit’s two bass drums. During the finale of “My Generation”, he kicked the other drum off the riser and then set off the charge, with the intensity of the explosion surprising even himself. He singed Townshend’s hair and embedded a piece of cymbal in his own arm (the blast has been speculated as starting Townshend’s tinnitus). During one of his only drum solo performances on television, Moon filled clear acrylic drums with water and goldfish, playing them for the audience. Antics like these earned him the nicknames “Moon the Loon” and “Mad Moon”. Cultivating publicity for his behaviour, he became one of the most well-known drummers in his generation, and the other members of the Who benefited from the exposure as well.
Many rock drummers have cited Keith Moon as an influence, including Neil Peart, and Dave Grohl. The Jam paid tribute to Keith Moon on the second single from their second album, “Down in the Tube Station at Midnight”, in which the B-side of the single is a cover song from The Who: “So Sad About Us”, and the back cover of the record is a photo of Keith Moon’s face; The Jam’s record was released about a month after Moon’s death.
The Greatest Moments of Keith Moon

Recklessness
Despite being revered as a musician, Moon led a very destructive and irresponsible lifestyle. He laid waste to hotel rooms, the homes of friends and even his own home, throwing furniture out of high windows.
Along with his drum sets, Moon’s infamous (and favourite) calling card was to flush powerful explosives down the toilet, detonating and ultimately destroying scores of toilets around the world. It has been estimated that his destruction of toilets and plumbing ran as high as US$500,000, and his repeated practice of blowing up toilets with explosives led to Moon being banned for life from lodging at several hotel chains around the world, including all Holiday Inn, Sheraton, and Hilton Hotels, as well as the Waldorf Astoria. Moon became so notorious for this practice that when Nick Harper was asked about his childhood memories spent around The Who, his first recollection was “I remember Keith blowing up the toilets.”
According to Tony Fletcher’s biography, Moon’s toilet pyrotechnics began in 1965, when he purchased 500 cherry bombs. In time, Moon would graduate from just Cherry bombs to taking out toilets with Roman candles and M-80s. Eventually, Moon began using dynamite, his explosive of choice, to destroy toilets. “All that porcelain flying through the air was quite unforgettable”, Moon recalled. “I never realized dynamite was so powerful. I’d been used to penny bangers before”. In a very short period of time, Moon developed a reputation of “leaving holes” in bathroom floors, completely annihilating the toilets, mesmerizing Moon and enhancing his reputation as a hellraiser. Fletcher goes on to state that “no toilet in a hotel or changing room was safe” until Moon had burned through his supply of explosives.
Unknown to many people at the time, Moon was often able to cajole John Entwistle into helping him blow up toilets. In a 1981 interview with the Los Angeles Times, Entwistle confessed, “A lot of times when Keith was blowing up toilets I was standing behind him with the matches.” During one incident between Moon and hotel management, Moon was asked to turn down his cassette player because The Who were making “too much noise.” In response, Moon asked the manager up to his room, lit a stick of dynamite in the toilet, and shut the bathroom door. Following the explosion, Moon informed the startled manager, “That, dear boy, was noise.” Moon then turned the cassette player back on and proclaimed, “This is The Who.” On a different occasion in Alabama, Moon and Entwistle loaded a toilet with cherry bombs because they could not receive room service. According to Entwistle, “That toilet was just dust all over the walls by the time we checked out. The management brought our suitcases down to the gig and said: ‘Don’t come back…'”
The acts, though often fuelled by drugs and alcohol, were his way of expressing his eccentricity, as well as the joy he got from shocking the public. In Moon’s biography, Full Moon, longtime friend and drum technician Dougal Butler, who tended Keith’s drum kit observed: “He would do anything if he knew that there were enough people around who didn’t want him to do it.”

So Sad About Us-The Jam(paying tribute to Keith Moon)

MARRIED TO THE MOD.

“IVE HEARD THERE’S A FEW MODS ABOUT”,WELL NOT IN MY TOWN THERE WEREN’T.HOW,WHEN OR WHY I BECAME A MOD I HAVE NO IDEA BUT I KNOW THE STYLE AND THE LOVE OF THE MUSIC HAS NEVER LEFT ME.I REMEMBER RAIDING DADS WARDROBE FOR ANYTHING THAT WAS FRED PERRY,I HAD TO START SOMEWHERE!I RECALL IT HAPPENING IN THE MIDDLE OF THE EIGHTIES AND IT HELPED RELIEVE THE BOREDOM OF MY TEDIOUS EDUCATION AND ALL THAT EIGHTIES MUSIC, WHICH DIDN’T STRIKE A CHORD WITH ME AND ME MATES, IT WAS ALL ABOUT THE JAM,THE PURPLE HEARTS,THE SECRET AFFAIR,THE GENTS AND A WHOLE LOAD OF SIXTIES MUSIC WHICH WAS ALL INCLUDED IN THE MOD PACKAGE,THAT TO ME SOUNDED A LIKE A GOOD DEAL,SO WE ALL SIGNED UP TO THE MOD SCENE AND WHAT A BLAST WE HAD ALONG THE WAY.OUR EXPLORER TICKET WAS A WAY OUT OF OUR ONE HORSE TOWN,EACH WEEK WE WOULD GET THE DOUBLE DECKER BUS TO NEWCASTLE AND MORE SHARPLY DRESSED MODS,POINTING US IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION TO COOL OUT OF THE WAY RECORD AND CLOTHES SHOPS,WHERE WE WOULD SPEND OUR PAPER ROUND MONEY ON THE MUST HAVE MUSIC WHICH ALL OF THE MODS WERE LISTENING TO.THE NIGHT THIS MINI MOD REVIVAL ROLLED INTO OUR TOWN WAS A NIGHT I WILL NEVER REMEMBER AS I GOT TO PISSED AND MISSED THE GIG(THREE LITRES OF OLDE ENGLISH CIDER!BASTARD!)BUT THE ANTICIPATION OF SEEING THE GENTS,A MOD BAND FROM SOUTH YORKSHIRE,WAS FEVER PITCH.MODS AND SKINHEADS FROM AROUND THE AREA JOINED TOGETHER, FOR ONE NIGHT ONLY,TO SEE THIS MOD BAND COME TO LIFE FROM INSIDE THE GROOVES OF OUR WORN OUT LPs.IT WAS A FANTASTIC GATHERING, WAS PROBABLY THE LAST THING I REMEMBER THINKING.I RECENTLY CAME ACROSS THE MUSIC OF THE GENTS AGAIN AND IT BROUGHT ALL THESE GREAT MEMORIES FLOODING BACK.

MOD IS A SUBCULTURE THAT ORIGINATED IN LONDON, ENGLAND IN THE FIFTIES AND PEAKED IN THE SIXTIES.WITH BANDS LIKE THE WHO.

GREEN ONIONS.A SIXTIES MOD CLASSIC.