Set in 1964, London, Jimmy Cooper strives to become a "face". Focussing on Mod lifestyle, dropping "blues" (speed), and Scooters, the movie is set against the backdrop of the infamous riots of 60's Brighton.

With music performed extrodinarily by The Who, the movie has become almost a meme in modern music culture, one of the few quasi-rock operas to stay fresh even when viewed from the vantage point of today.

The movie focuses on alienation, the embrace of a subculture, and self-awareness.Quadrophenia's mods has always reminded me of the Geeks of today, though they dressed (way, way) better.