Song 56: The Who – My Generation [OST Quadrophenia]
Yesterday I watched the movie Quadrophenia, describing the mod movement in the sixties in London. Part of the movie was about a fierce fight at Brighton between Rockers and Mods that had happened in 1964 May Day weekend. This rivalry was growing from the early sixties though it became evident in Easter weekend of 1964 in the South seaside resorts. The main conflict betwwen these two groups was the roots of them as mods was in general from the middle class as opposed to the rockers being from the lower one.
As far as the song is concerned is the 11th greatest song by Rolling Stone on their list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time. It was released one and half years after the May Day clash though it is considered a direct link with the mentality of mods. “[This song] epitomises everything that Mod meant to the mods themselves […]” Roy Shuker explains in the book Understanding Popular Music. Great song with α whole culture beneath of it. Enjoy.
You should also check a new interpenetration about mods by Carlotta Cardana.