The Punk and the Godfather

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"The Punk and the Godfather"
Song by The Who from the album Quadrophenia
Released October 19, 1973
Recorded May 1972 and June–August 1973
Genre Rock
Length 5:10
Label MCA
Writer Pete Townshend
Producer The Who, Kit Lambert, Glyn Johns
Quadrophenia track listing
"Cut My Hair"
"The Punk and the Godfather"
"I'm One"

The Punk and the Godfather is the fifth track off of The Who's second rock opera, Quadrophenia.


In "The Punk and the Godfather", the protagonist of Quadrophenia, Jimmy, goes to see a mod band perform, only to be disappointed that the band were just part of the mod culture that made up the audience. The song quotes The Who's smash hit, My Generation.[1] In America, the song was re-titled "The Punk Meets the Godfather".[2]

Live History[edit]

The song was performed live during many tours, including their 1973 tour that was used to promote Quadrophenia.