Bear Music #144

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There is nothing we love more here at Jammy Toast than listening to some of our favourite tunes. From time to time we will post a music video from an artist or genre that we think will be enjoyable to you; our friends. We often feature music that you may not have come across before, or music that maybe you just missed the first time around. Try and listen with an open mind, you never know, you may find something you can add to your iPod. If you have any music videos you would like us to feature then drop us a line – we are always happy to listen to requests but we cannot promise to feature everyone’s favourite

Last month saw the fortieth anniversary of the film of The Who’s rock opera Quadrophenia. The original album was released as a double-album in 1973 and is based in London and Brighton telling the story of a young mod named Jimmy and his search for self-worth and importance. Quadrophenia is the only Who album entirely composed by Pete Townshend.

The group started work on the album in 1972, trying to follow up Tommy and Who’s Next, both of which had achieved substantial critical and commercial success. Recording was delayed while bassist John Entwistle and singer Roger Daltrey recorded solo albums and drummer Keith Moon worked on films. Because a new studio was not finished in time, the group had to use Ronnie Lane’s Mobile Studio. The album makes significant use of Townshend’s multi-track synthesizers and sound effects, as well as Entwistle’s layered horn parts, in addition to the group’s typical playing styles, especially from Keith Moon.

The album was released to a positive reception in both the UK and the US, but the resulting tour was marred with problems with backing tapes replacing the additional instruments on the album, and the stage piece was retired in early 1974. It was revived in 1996 with a larger ensemble, and a further tour took place in 2012. The album made a positive impact on the mod revival movement of the late 1970s, and the resulting film adaptation, released in 1979, was successful.

The original release of Quadrophenia came with a set of notes that explained the basic plotline…

The story centres around a young working-class mod named Jimmy. He likes drugs, beach fights and romance and becomes a fan of the Who after a concert in Brighton. However he is disillusioned by his parents’ attitude towards him, dead-end jobs and an unsuccessful trip to see a psychiatrist. He clashes with his parents over his use of amphetamines and has difficulty finding regular work, doubting his own self-worth – he quits one job as a dustman after only two days. Though he is happy to be “one” of the mods, he struggles to keep up with his peers, and his girlfriend leaves him for his best friend.

After destroying his scooter and contemplating suicide, he decides to take a train to Brighton where he had enjoyed earlier experiences with fellow mods. However, he discovers the “Ace Face” who led the gang now has a menial job as a bellboy in a hotel. He feels everything in his life has rejected him, steals a boat and uses it to sail out to a rock overlooking the sea. On the rock and stuck in the rain, he contemplates his life. The ending is left ambiguous as to what happens to Jimmy on the rock.

This is the finale to the album, Love, Reign O’er Me…

The Who – Love, Reign O’er Me

The Who – Love, Reign O’er Me

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43 Comments on “Bear Music #144”

  1. Has anyone in the world ever received exactly what they ordered from an Indian takeaway? You could order just a bag of chips and they’d still send you a vegetable platter and a bloody garlic naan instead.

  2. Motd2 tonight, not sure whats best, the reds winning, everton losing, the mancs an city gettin beat, goal of the month or everton goin into the relegation zone

    Its enough to make me nob twitch

    If carlsberg did weekends

  3. I spent decades refusing to be in photos and cutting or scratching myself out of photos because I thought my face was so ugly. For YEARS. Drove my family mad. I’d love to be able to go back and tell past me it’s okay. You’ll end up being comfortable enough to share photos.

  4. Tigger, who had been hiding behind trees and jumping out on Pooh’s shadow when it wasn’t looking, said that Tiggers were only bouncy before breakfast, and that as soon as they had had a few haycorns they became Quiet and Refined.

  5. In October the humans at the allotments come to the veranda to pay their rent. I love to help my human so I thought it would be a good idea to make sure the paperwork did not fall off the table so I curled up on top of it. I think my human appreciated my help.

  6. Rolf report Oct 7

    I’ve supervised the building work at my favourite department, Economics & I’m glad it’s almost done. The main door was blocked & I had to find new ways to sneak in, like through the kitchen. The main door is now open & I can make my grand entrance again.

    Rolf x

  7. My girlfriend was given a free pair of earplugs when she collected her new glasses from Specsavers. They’ve been a godsend because of my snoring. I put them in at night and can’t hear her moaning.

  8. The way men think you’re up your own arse just because you don’t want to get to know them? I literally don’t want any man to come near me whatsoever, you’re the one up your own arse for thinking that doesn’t include you fella.

  9. Hi Snapchat, can you please remove the video call button from being so close to the exit chat button? I’ve video called both Sicknote and Tone this week and I had absolutely no desire to speak to either. Ty

  10. Good morning to everyone apart from those who check 50p pieces in case they are worth more. Put your coins in your pocket and fuck off out the shop and stop getting in peoples way.

  11. Thank goodness you came in when you did, head teacher! A burglar tried to steal the cat biscuits, I chased him off and now I’m tidying them up! Aren’t I a good girl?

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