OWN THE QUADROPHENIA SCOOTER! / ’79 Quadrophenia movie rant.
Up for auction for an estimated 32,000-40,000 U.S. dollars…. Jimmy’s Lambretta scooter from the 1979 Quadrophenia movie! A must-buy for any hardcore mod!
I’m not too big a fan of the Quadrophenia film, actually. I prefer the album much better, and I think the “Quadrophenia Live” DVD actually does a better job of telling the original album’s story better than the film does. While the Quadrophenia film wasn’t nearly as much of a bastardization as the Tommy movie was, it still just doesn’t do it for me.
Somehow, having Jimmy drive his scooter off a cliff to “I’ve Had Enough” (which comes in the MIDDLE of the album) at the end of the film doesn’t work as well as ending with “Love Reign O’er Me” which is a much more poignant ending. Isn’t that what it’s all about? That Jimmy can in the end overcome the desperation of youth rather than submit to its pressure and commit suicide (or trash his scooter…we don’t actually *see* him “die”).
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Another issue I had with the film was casting: I don’t really think Sting makes a good Ace Face/Bellboy. This character is supposed to be the KING of all mods, the moddest of all of them. Sting just isn’t mod enough. Okay, I know that they had to put at least one well-known person in the film so that it could sell more tickets. Fair enough. But they threw this popular ’80s…er…late ’70s guy in there who just isn’t that mod. I totally felt the whole late ’70s thing more than I should have, especially with regards to some of the girls’ hairstyles in the film.
I realize I’m being exceedingly picky here. These little things don’t affect my total appreciation of the film. That has more to do with plot/music choices and pacing. Seriously, Sting and curly-hair girl wouldn’t have taken away from it if it was a better film in the first place.
I appreciate the fact that the Who learned from their mistake in the Tommy film and switched to using the album versions of the songs in Quadrophenia. However, using the songs as background and not having the characters sing them like they would in a musical really takes away from the film. Ideally, the casters should have picked actors who can sing and act, and not put too too much of their own weird spin on the songs (I love Eric Clapton, but his rendition of ‘Eyesight to the Blind’ in the Tommy movie just pales in comparison to the Who’s…bluesy doesn’t work for it). You know, like they did in Across the Universe….make it different, but the same…..if that makes any sense 😛
And what’s more, the film doesn’t even use all of the songs on the album, but uses other Who songs and mod favorites (like “Da Doo Ron Ron”)….and takes far too long to actually start using the songs from Quadrophenia everyone wanted to hear! And it goes for a linear plot, unlike the album, which totally ruins the order of songs/events, and makes everything way less poignant. How are we to experience the awesomeness of “The story begins ON A ROCK….*dramatic pause*,” as Pete Townshend said in Largo, Maryland back in seventy-whatever, if the story doesn’t start from “the end”? And while it is educational to see Jimmy and his buddies participating in all their mod antics (such as breaking into the Chemist…er….Pharmacy to steal uppers), we want to see the STORY. Anyone could make just “a film about mods,” what I wanted was a film OF QUADROPHENIA.
So….. to cut this long-winded and heavily disorganized rant short and come back to the point…..
It’s still a pretty sweet scooter. Snatch it up. Even if the movie pretty much sucked, the scooter is quite appropriate for mods and part-time-mods of all sizes, shapes, and persuasions, so snatch it up if you’ve got a couple thousand dollars lying around.
This important newsflash came to my attention via ModCulture.co.uk, as always your #1 source for mod happenings in Europe and mod information of all types.