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The album

  • 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!
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  • Write Who You Know: Pete Townsend based Jimmy on six early fans of the group.

The film

  • Cast the Runner-Up: Phil Davis auditioned for Jimmy, but was cast as Chalky instead.
  • Dyeing for Your Art: Steph was supposed to have a '60s pixie crop (like Monkey), but Leslie Ash was reluctant to cut her long strawberry-blonde hair, so they went for "the Jane Asher style" instead.
  • Wag the Director: In the original script, the sex scene between Jimmy and Steph took place in a basement and detailed that she would be shown naked. Leslie Ash made it clear she wouldn't do nudity, even if it meant losing the part. In the end the producers agreed to shoot the scene clothed - and changed the location to an alleyway.
  • What Could Have Been: John Lydon screen-tested for Jimmy in the film, but the distributors refused to insure him.


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