We take you live to Wembley Stadium, a LARGE venue to perform to the people of London. A last minute special guest is joining us before we go into the main set.
Franz Ferdinand, the scottish indie pop band from Glasgow, have described their first album as "music that girls want to dance to" and their second as "music for girls to cry to."
From the former, "The Dark of the Matinee", singer Alexander Kapranos positions himself as a bitter cynic who eventually gives in to fame (though it may be, as the title suggests, in the dimmer regions of the spotlight) after being charmed by an attractive optimist, and, one would imagine, the unapologetic funk of the track itself. By the last verse, Kapranos imagines himself smiling wide, sitting with Abba-loving AM talk show host Terry Wogan.
From the latter, "Walk Away" the wistful narrator's long overdue breakup assures his former love that the world will in fact not come to a crashing halt without him, where epic emotion is laced with self mockery and symbolized with dark historical allusions - Hitler laughing, the Kremlin falling and Radio 4 broadcasting nothing but "static".
AND NOW FOR OUR MAIN SET:
The Who - Quadrophenia 45th Anniversary Pack
On this day, 45 years ago, October 26, 1973, British classic rock band The Who released their canonical sixth album and arguably their artistic peak. After the failure of the Lifehouse project, Pete Townshend tried to pick up the pieces of his failed concept, even if the remains resulted in the most quintessential Who album and a few top-notch non-album singles. The first attempt at return was a new opus called "Rock is Dead - Long Live Rock" in 1972, to be formed into another album. Townshend finally came out from the ditch and took another blast at his original "Rock Opera" musical structure.
Heading most of the production and even performance himself, Townshend produced Quadrophenia, a cyclical album based on the life of a lad named Jimmy. Reflecting upon Peter himself and rock musicians, Jimmy is a former Mod having to come to terms with changes in life after the late 60s party of the New Age ended. It could've have been so simple, if it weren't for one thing. Jimmy suffers from multiple personality disorder (in this case 4 persons) and has to come to terms with his reality of growing up and living life in a changing world he disagrees with. This aggravates Jimmy to the point that he takes a train down to the beach to mope about, running into a former rocker that he followed in the Mod days. Serving as a metaphor for the decay of cultural trends, the former rocker now works a meager job at the hotel near the beach, shattering Jimmy's confidence in reliving his glory days. Jimmy descends more into madness and drinking, until finally he decides to go out into the sea, finding a rock to land his small boat upon. While out on the Rock, Jimmy continues his rumination of life and as it starts to rain he comes to realize his solution. What happens to Jimmy in the end is left to the listener to interpret.
The album released the following in the US reached up to #2 on the Billboard chart, being edged out by Elton John's own double album, Goodbye Yellow Brick Road, while in the UK the album stock ran into shortage (thanks OPEC) and ended up at #2, losing the top position to Bowie's Pinups (barf)
Today we present five tracks from the first LP of this double album.
Major thanks to ejthedj for doing bass charts on tracks two and five (modified), and OD/Fills on all!
Audio Source Lineage: 1996 Remix
Enjoy and ROCK OUT