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"5:15" redirects here. For the Bridgit Mendler song, see 5:15 (Bridgit Mendler song).
Single by The Who
from the album Quadrophenia
B-side "Water"
Released 5 October 1973
Format 7" single
Recorded June 1972 & '73
Genre Hard rock, art rock
Length 5:00 (album version)
4:16 (Single mix/edit)
Label Track Records/MCA
Writer(s) Pete Townshend
Producer(s) The Who
The Who singles chronology
"Love, Reign o'er Me"
Quadrophenia track listing
"I've Had Enough"
"Sea and Sand"

"5.15" (sometimes written "5:15" or "5'15") is a song written by Pete Townshend of British rock band The Who from their second rock opera, Quadrophenia (1973). The song reached number 20 on the UK Singles Chart,[1] while the 1979 re-release (accompanying the film and soundtrack album) reached number 45 on the Billboard Hot 100.[2]

Although written as "5.15" on the single cover, on the back cover of Quadrophenia (the album from which the song is taken) it is written as "5:15".

Role in the plot of Quadrophenia[edit]

In the song, the main character Jimmy has taken the titular train to Brighton, consumed a lot of drugs, recollecting his life with the Mods, the cultural movement to which he belongs (even if he has dropped out for now), and their duels with the Rockers. Jimmy's memories are extremely disjointed, consisting mainly of anger, confusion, violence, sexual frustration, and rootlessness.

"5.15", like many of the songs from Quadrophenia, is self-referential - "M-m-m-my generation" is a line - and thus represents an angrily self-centered, teenage disconnection with society, family and the opposite sex. 'Jimmy' was "born in the war" (that is, World War II and its aftermath) and does not understand why he should care about it (or anything) in the context of his extravagant Mod values.

Live performances[edit]

Live performances of "5:15" would include, in addition to the Who's four members, a full brass section and a piano. During the Who reunion tour from 1999 to 2002, bassist John Entwistle would play a solo in mid-song, lasting several minutes, only accompanied by drummer Zak Starkey.


The Who

See also[edit]