Fifty years ago, rock quartet The Who rocketed to fame as icons of Great Britain’s “modernist” youth subculture.
On this morning’s broadcast of “The Freak Power Ticket” (Monday, June 30), host Ted Coe will pay tribute to The Who, whose surviving members, songwriting-guitarist Pete Townshend and frontman Roger Daltrey, just announced “the beginning of their long goodbye” tour with anniversary shows beginning in the UK this November.
The program will survey a legendary career that turned these “auto-destructive artists” into arena-rock gods, with its primary focus being the Mod movement — which is depicted in the cult film Quadrophenia, Franc Roddam’s influential adaptation of The Who’s 1973 rock opera of the same name.
The Who Films’ 1979 release (also marking its 35th anniversary this summer) reflects on the fashionable but rebellious scene that birthed them. Mods are known for androgynous hairstyles, “tailor-made suits,” and a penchant for “motor scooters,” black music, and “amphetamine-fueled all-night dancing at clubs” (wikipedia.org).
Today’s broadcast will begin to chart that Sixties’ movement (and The Who’s cinematic career) through the the original works that inspired the scene, cover songs, film trailers, and mod-revival music too.
Coe “dedicates today’s show to the memories of The Who’s late drummer Keith Moon and bassist John Entwistle, while also honoring those likewise enchanted by the sophisticated hooligans of Swinging London… and beyond.”
“The Freak Power Ticket” airs this summer from 11am-1pm.