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'Quadrophenia: Can You See the Real Me' opens Tuesday

Published: Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Updated: Wednesday, July 25, 2012 21:07


 

In 1973, The Who embarked on producing a rock opera that would rival its earlier work, “Tommy.” This album however came at a time when the band was at its weakest and therefore, almost didn’t see the light of day.

 

In 1969, The Who gained tremendous accolades for its rock opera album “Tommy,” but now with drummer Keith Moon living a wild life, the studio and producers around them falling apart, the band almost did too.

 

That year, song writer and guitarist Pete Townshend sat down and wrote an album about a troubled boy named Jimmy who led a gang from the Mod culture against its rivals, the Rockers.

 

It’s a composite album centered around the idea that Jimmy is a schizophrenic with four personalities, one for each member of the band, there in lays the name “Quadrophenia”. This concept comes out in the first song of the album ‘I Am the Sea’ which has the sound of the ocean crashing softly on the beach on the fore ground.

 

Overlaid on this ambient noise is a small piece of each ‘theme’ song for the personality that the song portrays. First, comes ‘Helpless Dancer’ the song played for the singer, Roger Daltrey’s, side. Next, that sound fades out to be followed by ‘Is It Me’, the song for bassist John Entwistle. Then ‘Bell Boy’, the theme for drummer Keith Moon to finally be followed by Pete’s own song, ‘Love Reign O’er Me’.

 

This album was at first less renowned in its time than “Tommy,” but in time “Quadrophenia” has had a stronger cult following, especially among hard-core fans.

 

Today, in select theaters, the new documentary “Quadrophenia: Can You See the Real Me” will be shown across the nation. In College Station, it will be shown at 8 p.m. at Cinemark on Earl Rudder Freeway.

 

This will be an opportunity to see interviews from The Who, including the late Keith Moon and bassist John Entwistle. Along with never before seen footage of their tour of the album, historic scenes such as Moon’s collapse early on in the tour will be shown.

 

The Bryan-College Station area is becoming a part of these one-night only events. In May, the Premiere in Bryan showed “The Beatles: The Lost Concert.” In August, Cinemark will show “The Grateful Dead Movie Event.”

 

Jordan Meyer, senior petroleum engineer major, said he grew up listening to The Who and has been especially drawn to “Quadrophenia.”

 

“I’m very excited to see this with my dad, it’s his favorite album ever and I personally think it’s The Who’s best album,” Meyer said. “It’s going to be the experience of a lifetime.”

 

 

In 1973, The Who embarked on producing a rock opera that would rival its earlier work, “Tommy.” This album however came at a time when the band was at its weakest and therefore, almost didn’t see the light of day.

 

In 1969, The Who gained tremendous accolades for its rock opera album “Tommy,” but now with drummer Keith Moon living a wild life, the studio and producers around them falling apart, the band almost did too.

 

That year, song writer and guitarist Pete Townshend sat down and wrote an album about a troubled boy named Jimmy who led a gang from the Mod culture against its rivals, the Rockers.

 

It’s a composite album centered around the idea that Jimmy is a schizophrenic with four personalities, one for each member of the band, there in lays the name “Quadrophenia”. This concept comes out in the first song of the album ‘I Am the Sea’ which has the sound of the ocean crashing softly on the beach on the fore ground.

 

Overlaid on this ambient noise is a small piece of each ‘theme’ song for the personality that the song portrays. First, comes ‘Helpless Dancer’ the song played for the singer, Roger Daltrey’s, side. Next, that sound fades out to be followed by ‘Is It Me’, the song for bassist John Entwistle. Then ‘Bell Boy’, the theme for drummer Keith Moon to finally be followed by Pete’s own song, ‘Love Reign O’er Me’.

 

This album was at first less renowned in its time than “Tommy,” but in time “Quadrophenia” has had a stronger cult following, especially among hard-core fans.

 

Today, in select theaters, the new documentary “Quadrophenia: Can You See the Real Me” will be shown across the nation. In College Station, it will be shown at 8 p.m. at Cinemark on Earl Rudder Freeway.

 

This will be an opportunity to see interviews from The Who, including the late Keith Moon and bassist John Entwistle. Along with never before seen footage of their tour of the album, historic scenes such as Moon’s collapse early on in the tour will be shown.

 

The Bryan-College Station area is becoming a part of these one-night only events. In May, the Premiere in Bryan showed “The Beatles: The Lost Concert.” In August, Cinemark will show “The Grateful Dead Movie Event.”

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