7. 'The Real Me'
As he did with many great Who albums, Pete Townshend originally began Quadrophenia with a very different idea for how he wanted it to turn out. The Who had been together for a decade by this point, and he wanted to cut an album called Long Live Rock that would celebrate their history. At one point, he even considered cutting the songs in the various styles of their older work, slowly showing it evolve into their current form during the course of the album. This proved to be unworkable, and he ultimately scrapped the idea in favor of a rock opera about a young Who fan named Jimmy in the early 1960s. Among many other problems, Jimmy felt he was suffering from some sort of multiple personality disorder in which he had four distinct personas. The stage for the story is set in the album's second track, "The Real Me," which features some of the best bass work of John Entwistle's long career. He practically makes it the lead instrument of the song. The song was released as a single but never went higher than Number 76 on the charts.