In brief there are a few films im am obsessed with. To the point where I have let them seep into my mind and for better or worse let influence my style and personality! This usually manifests itself as empathy with the often misguided protagonist and then constant quotation of said protagonist!
Any hows over the weekend I rewatched Quadrophenia… Most people know that I’m a Mod at heart, Merc and Ben Sherman at my wedding working for One True Saxon a few months back, that quiff and my love of the Modern Life is rubbish era Blur and The Kinks… Its not just the style I saw so much of my younger self in the film it it was kinda cringey!
Steph: Going to be one of the faces?
Jimmy: What do you mean going to be? I AM one of the faces!
….kinda sounded familer from my more formative years or….
Jimmy: Look, I don’t wanna be the same as everybody else. That’s why I’m a Mod, see? I mean, you gotta be somebody, ain’t ya, or you might as well jump in the sea and drown.
This quote more than any made me wince, I’d always wanted to be a part of something or was trying to stand out rather than being myself which I’m told is much more likable and interesting than any of the alter egos and fans my long suffering friends have had to put up with, a fact dear Jimmy can’t see!
The clinch of the film is when Jimmys beloved Lambretta scooter is accidentally destroyed, Jimmy takes a train back to Brighton. In an attempt to relive the recent excitement he expereanced there, he revisits the scenes of the riots but then, to his horror, discovers that his idol, Ace Face (AKA Sting, who looks more like a Nazi from Allo Allo than a Mod) , is in reality a lowly bellboy at a Brighton hotel. Jimmy steals Ace’s scooter and heads out to the cliffs at Beachy Head….. This last bit also rings true, I used to have trouble not know when the party had stoped our thinking it was a great idea to go to supermarket tarted up to the hilt only to have a the massive shock that a) I;m not one of the faces and b) people have to work…. thank god I’ve grown up!
Any ways next week Withnail and I and the lovable booze hound I tried to be!