October 22, 2020

5:15

Piano by Chris Stainton. Recorded June 27, 1973.

“His train journey down to Brighton, sandwiched between two city gents is notable for the rather absurd number of purple hearts he consumes in order to wile away the time. He goes through a not entirely pleasant series of ups and downs as he thinks about the gaudier side of life as a teenager that we see in newspapers like the News Of The World. ‘5:15’ was written in Oxford Street and Carnaby Street while I was killing time between appointments. I must try it again sometime, it seems to work!” – Pete Townshend

 

Unlike most everything else on the album, Pete did not make a demo of this. The music was written in the studio on the day of recording. On September 28, 1973 it was released as a single in the U.K. prior to the album’s release. It went to #20. It was also released as a single throughout the world with the exception of the U.S. The Quadrophenia Soundtrack remix was issued as a single everywhere in September 1979. It did not chart in Britain but reached #45 in the U.S.Billboard charts and #53 in Cash Box. The b-side was the remixed version of “I’m One.”  Live versions can be found on Join Together (1989), the 30 Years Of Maximum R&B video (1979), The Blues To The Bush (1999) and The Who & Special Guests Live at the Royal Albert Hall video (2000).