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May 20Liked by Dan Epstein

Thanks for the shoutout, Dan!

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I miss those bygone days from early on in high school when a group of older teen girls could be referred to as “burnout chicks”? Also, have you ever written an extensive piece about the film “Quadrophenia”?

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I have not!

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Here’s to hoping that changes at some point...as it seems like it’s mostly forgotten here in the U.S.

I revisit it every few years and still enjoy it:

https://www.alamy.com/sting-quadrophenia-1979-image236826763.html?imageid=FE7E7578-C80A-4370-A55B-E2C1CA2228CB&p=1894192&pn=1&searchId=0ae2a89822a5bf38e413d19600615bc0&searchtype=0

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I love it, too.

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Not to mention, the amazing double LP!

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Funny how record label logos take on a life (and sound) of their own. Love those YT clips too. My 3rd fave is the New Riders of The Purple Sage live in studio from 1972. Pristine quality. Sadly, the entire performance has been taken down, though some individual songs remain.

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That performance of "a Quick One (While He's Away)" is absolutely up there among the greatest television live music performances of all time. It's so damn good it's almost impossible not to believe it isn't pre-recorded. At some point since Basilica in Hudson got going in its current format, they hosted a screening with director Michael Lindsay-Hogg there in person talking through the whole process. He confirmed what was long known - that the Stones had been up for so long by the time they finally got to play that they were exhausted, and lacklustre with it (and of course going through the last long drag with Brian Jones). They were also trying to follow The Who, who had performed fresh, and knew they'd been beaten before they started. Cheers!

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The Stones' performance actually isn't bad at all - for me, the most embarrassing part of it isn't Brian, but Mick stripping down to reveal that absurd devil "tattoo" on his chest. ("Oooh, scary!") I suppose The Who also had an advantage, in the sense that they'd been performing and fine-tuning the "mini-opera" for two years at this point, whereas the Stones were trotting out untested new material; in any case, there's no question who "won"!

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May 20Liked by Dan Epstein

Great memories, Dan-I remember seeing TKAA with my friends at our local theatre in Westlake Village. I knew the big hits, but was unprepared for the insanity of “Cobwebs and Strange”, Entwistle laying waste to his Gold records with a Tommy Gun, or the incendiary live tracks from Shepperton-I was literally leaping around my bedroom by the time I got home.

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The Tommy Gun scene alone made me an Entwistle fan for life!

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May 20Liked by Dan Epstein

No, the actual double LP Quadrophenia. But that Kids Are Alright film and the accompanying double LP they originally released from the film is also a great record in its own right. TKAA is one of my favorite, if not my FAVORITE rock film.

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Ah yes - I didn’t see where your original comment fell!

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May 20Liked by Dan Epstein

The Kids soundtrack was one of my favorite records as a kid, and I snagged a copy of the reissue on record store day a couple three years or so when they reissued it. I wore out my original copy and then lost it. The CD they put out in the 90s wasn't the same thing.

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May 20Liked by Dan Epstein

I love the original Quadrophenia LP, though. The whole thing, booklet included was, IMO, better than Tommy. I think Tommy is great. But it's uneven for me. Quadrophenia flows from beginning to the end. A total masterpiece.

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Agreed 100 percent.

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May 21Liked by Dan Epstein

An argument could be made that, song for song, Quadrophenia is the greatest album in rock history.

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It’s certainly in my personal Top 10!

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May 21Liked by Dan Epstein

Speaking of Stevie Wonder, I am working on Mistra Know It All for an upcoming open mic.

Speaking of Arthur Lee, I did House is Not a Motel the other night at an open mic. A pleasure to play these songs to the public.

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May 21Liked by Dan Epstein

Dan, I randomly came across the Circus video of "A Quick One (While He's Away)" less than a week ago. What an amazing performance! Wish I had found it earlier...

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Love this! I would put on that specific A Quick One performance on to get hyped up to play gigs. It always got the blood flowing and watching Keith go apeshit was inspiring to say the least. The twirls, the faces and throwing his floor before the "DANG" part are all (chefs kiss) Thanks Dan

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Jul 7Liked by Dan Epstein

What a Stevie find - he coulda saved a lot of those bands!

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