Trivia / Quadrophenia

  • The Red Stapler: The album and film were an influence on the mod revival of the late '70s and early '80s. The film in particular made Vespa scooters cool again.
  • Troubled Production: The difficulty playing the album live with all those backing tapes and synths drove Pete Townshend to desperation, and almost led to the band breaking up.
    • Recording the album was apparently a nightmare, mainly because the studio they were recording it in hadn't even been finished yet!
  • What Could Have Been: John Lydon screen-tested for Jimmy in the film, but the distributors refused to insure him.
  • The album cover photograph was done by Ethan Russell.