October 25, 2020

1974-03-31 – The Sydney Morning Herald

1974 03 31 The_Sydney_Morning_Herald_Sun__Mar_31__1974_

RECORDS

ETE TOWNS-
D’S “Quadro-
i. nia” uses the

. and rocker wars
he mid-sixttes as
eme to examine
question “Who

I?"

e txm-LP set (Track
[d 3044 m)“ can be
pared to Towns-
t’s culiicr work
I my."
ttcr

about
final!)

being ignored
a tear. “Tom-
clicked as
16 saw it as a story
childhood shock. of
suppression of creat-
und ot‘ the answer-
ittnIAics which a
.g pean can build

childhood.

moves on to
. The Who. 'l‘nwn-
's i‘.‘.liti. was
Hi the mod era in
()r‘.

om
shcml

It in My Head?"
.limtm, the central
cm ut “Quadro-
ia" us he wonders
the tt'vtthlc is in the

0.
ciplcsx Dancer" is a
in which he exper-
mm intolerance.
e .mxwer came to

the'

By GIL
WAHLQUIST

the mods in the song
"Cut My Hair." a pre-
occupation with fashion
and appearance.‘

According to the liner

notes for the records.
Jimmy ts a motor-
scooter rider who leaves

school and takes a job as
a dustman.

He revisits Brighton.
scene of battles between
the mod and rocker
gangs and is surprised to
see a former proud lead-
er of the rockers working
as a servile bellboy in a
hotel.

Each generation of
young people before
those coming of age in
the sixties had an heroic
role chosen for them by
society. They went to
war.

The youths of the sixties
had to be their own
heroes. The time they had
to think didn't help. The
song “5.!5" shows the
emptiness of mod phil-
osophy.

The movie “Blow-Up."
made at the time of the
mod movement, was a bit—

Epitaph for a

ter criticism of its shal-
lowness.
“Quadrophenia” doesn‘t

take such .a definite point
of view, which is its weak-
ness.

It lacks the strong story-
line of “Tommy,“ weaving
around the problems of
Jimmy in an episodig
fashion just as Jimmy did
himself.

The interesting thing
about the songs is their
historical accuracy and
their great style.

Townshend maintains
the atmosphere of the mod
days with both lyrics and
the magnificent playing of
The Who.

The four members of
The Who are John En-

twistle. Roger .Daltrey,
Keith Moon and Pete
Townshend.

Chris Stainton plays
piano on three tracks. The
album is packaged with a
cinema-type book of
photographs. -

The word “quadro-:

phcnitt" is used by Towns-
hend to describe a condi—
tion in which a person has,
four distinct personalities. i

i at t 1

DlGB‘r' RICHARDSi
made his new LP in Hol-g
lywood with an out-;
standing grottt‘ 01' support- '
in; musicians (RCA ;
lVPl 1-0001). “If I .
I t .. I ..-.. . ..“'

‘.t..ll ll-:n.

‘PHONES:

mod

more theatrical than those
on the Australian-madc
LP “Harlequin” which
Digby released last year.
He has made a second
recording of “The Dancer”
and uses it to close this

LP, as he did on “Harle-
quin.”

I found that the best
track on the new LP was

”Rock ’n' Roll 1 Gave You
All the Best Years of My
Life.”

When I first heard this
song written by Kevin
“hnson, Digby Richards
was one of the people I
associated with it. I'm
pleased to hear him sing
it.

- Unfortunately, other
songs on the LP aren’t of
this standard.

RICHBROOKEV.

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