This year it's the 40th year anniversary of the film Quadrophenia. We put together 6 facts you might not have known about the Cult Classic!
1) Keith Moon Sadly Died A Few Weeks Before Filming Began.
Keith Moon, widely considered one of the greatest drummers of all time, was unfortunately also known for his partying, drug abuse and wild antics. Keith was once quoted saying, “When you’ve got money and you do the kind of things I get up to, people laugh and say that you’re eccentric,” said Moon, “which is a polite way of saying you’re fucking mad.”
Tragedy struck in September 1978. His death just a few weeks before filming started meant that the film almost never got made. Despite the tragedy, the other members of The Who and the films producers managed to pull it together and continue with the films production.
2) Everyone on set F**king hated Sting.
After Quadrophenia, Sting went on to have a pretty successful music career it's fair to say... But, he wasn't always well liked. One day on set, one of the directors assistants accidentally listed Stings real name down on the call sheet. Gordon Sumner then got the piss taken out of him for the next few days, with other cast members apparently singing Gordon is a Moron by Jilted John whenever Sting was in the room. Oh and multiple stars of the film have commented on Stings shit dancing, but we'll let you be the judge of that one...
3) The film was supposedly inspired by a teens suicide at Beachy Head.
Franc Roddam, the films director, declared in an interview that Pete Townshend wrote the final scenes after hearing about a young mod who had committed suicide at the cliffs of Beachy Head, just 30 minutes drive from Brighton. Unfortunately the area is still surrounded by tragedy after a high profile accident in 2015 in which Nick Caves son died after falling from the cliffs. Despite this, the place is still seen as a shrine for mods and scooterists all over the UK.
4) The film was released in Japan with the title 'The Pain of the Living'
Many of the themes in Quadrophenia relate to a teenage boys struggle of finding his place in the world. Not only that, but themes of mental illness, substance abuse and despair are major issues Jimmy faces in his day-to-day existence. It's not hard to see how the Japanese got to a name like this for the film.
5) The Ace Face in court was inspired by a true event
'I'll pay now if you don't mind... Haven't got a pen have you, your honour?' was partly inspired by a true event! The following quote is taken from Paul Andersons book 'Mods: The New Religion'
'When 17-year-old James Brunton took to the dock awaiting sentence he was in a rather sarcastic mood. Dressed in a grey suit, striped wool shirt and brown shoes, Brunton smiled as he was ordered to pay £75 for threatening behaviour. "I'll sign a cheque," he responded with an air of bravado. Later, Brunton, a bricklayer from Isleworth, admitted he didn't have a bank account and apologised for his remark.
6) Franc Roddam gave Mark Wingett a T-shirt covered in Sid Vicious' sick.
During shooting Mark Wingett (Dave) turned up on set with a huge love bite on his neck, earning him a major dressing-down from the assistant director. The 16-year-old Wingett decided to quit the film but director Franc Roddam was determined to keep him. He persuaded Wingett to stay by giving him a shirt once owned by Sid Vicious, which Vicious had vomited all over (it still had the stains) after he had visited John Lydon and Lydon had hit him with an axe.
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