Friday, 28 August 2009

QUADROPHENIA; AND GOD! WHAT AN ODD MOD THIS OL' SOD MAKES !

Over the last few weeks yours truly has been a bit of a 'culture vulture', i may not be that cultured, but i've been reliably informed i've got the nose of a vulture. But the nose was mixed in with a bit of culture. While in London i was dragged in to see that X-factoring; Celebrity ice skating Scouser Ray Quinn, in Grease. Which was alright. A week, or so later i was shoved into the Echo Arena in Liverpool Docklands to watch the 'Walking with Dinosaurs' show, which was very impressive. Then in Liverpools good ol' Empire Theatre, as a birthday present from the Lovely Lynne i was taken to see the stage show of QUADRAPHEENYAH !!!
When i saw Grease i wasn't enthused to dress and act like a rocking 50's highschool 'jock'. When i saw the dinosaurs, i was informed i was already like a dinosaur as i was always hungry ,always bad-tempered and always roaring at my beloved little offspring, according to my beloved little offspring. But the PETE TOWNSHEND masterwork was different. It was very well done on the stage. The music and singing was really good and the whole thing was powerfully done, Mods n' rockers knocking 7 bells out of each other ,sex, dancing , pills and scooters, etc all very cleverly done. The energy was there. Whenever i was feeling pissed off i would always whack QUADRAPHENIA on the player, and by the end i was fairly charged up and able to face the world again. The Lovely Lynne would see the Quadrophenia box lying open and inquire, "Feeling better now?". The show had a little of that charge.
I left feeling like a mod. The 'Ace-Face', not just a 'number,'Walking the walk,leading with my chin and shoulders in front of my feet, With my 'Zoot-Suit, "white jacket with side vents 5 inches long"; Button down collars and the best Carnaby Street has to offer..Jump on the scooter with the mass of wing mirrors and with my parka with badges , nip down to Brighton to batter a few rockers. Get high on speed, uppers, downers, leapers and good ol' booze. Dance the night away and work on generating my attitude and cool. But there is a few differences from my imagination and life, as is. The clothes dont come from Carnaby Street, but St George, the Asda cheap range. Haven't got a scooter.But i've got a couple of wing mirrors from an old car in the shed. So, cant get to Brighton. The nearest bit of water is the sandbanks of the Mersey, or the nearest place with pier in the title is Wigan pier, even if there is no pier there. Don't pop pills, as i've got to take enough prescription f***'in' pills anyhow, so i'll chew on a packet of smarties,M&M's, or mint imperials. And i'll dance the evening away ,as long as i get my 10 hours beauty sleep in and the musics not too loud and not 'dance' music. I did have a parka, once, but that was designated a health hazard and dissappeared from my cool wardrobe along with a military combat jacket long ago. I s'pose maybe i've not got what it takes to be a mod, but I've got a few button-down collars and do tend to have the occasional drink(!!!!) , have a bad attitude and i'm cool, but that's 'cos the little'un's left the back door open, in fact i'm f***'in freezing.

8 comments:

monkey said...

last week we saw a large amount of mods on there vespas bombing through liverpool centre. come to think of it im sure i saw a guy chasing them with a slightly worn parka and some wing mirrors.

Thud said...

I'm with monkey on that.

Cathy said...

Darlingest Tim - I'm just so impressed you've managed to keep all your 742,000 greenfly alive this long! If you now need something to take care of them, so to speak, may I recommend 'Ladybirds 'r' Us'? You'll only need around 3,000 of them, as they've got voracious appetites. They're on special offer this week.

Am trying to rid myself of thoughts of you in that parka ...

Tim Leatherbarrow said...

I must be getting old, i came out of Lime Street station met the Ace faces and the numbers ,followed them as far as the 30 yards across St Georges plaza, collapsed,knackered and retired across the road to the boozer,Ma Edgy's.Back of the Empire theatre hoping they'd think i was one of the cast of Quadropheenyah!!!!And get a free drink. Didn't work tho'. Apparently ,mods don't have grey hairs ,and thinning bits at the back,shall we say.I think i'll just get a flat cap a waterproof coat with a belt and a stick and walk the dogs From dawn till dusk.
And i'll need your help Cathy, as i wont be terrorising beachtowns and racing through city centres,as often. I'll be spending some more time in't' garden...Age is a terrible thing.
Tim Titchmarsh

Simon Ellinas said...

Yeah, brilliant! I do exactly the same with Quadrophenia. Then I go out to Costa Coffee with a rebellious scowl and dunk my biscotti with a 'don't care whether I live or die' demeanour!

Tim Leatherbarrow said...

Elinas, you wild thing ,your an inspiration to me, you know!
the not as ace as it once was face..Tim xxx

Anonymous said...

I still have my military Quadrophenia parka!! I'll bring it with me when I am next in the UK so I can wear it whilst running up and down Brighton Beach singing "we are the mods/we are the mods/we are, we are, we are the mods!"

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