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
Quadrophenia track listing

"The Punk and the Godfather" (titled "The Punk Meets the Godfather" on the US album) 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. Pete Townshend said of the song's lyrics:

The hero goes to a rock concert. He queues up, pays his money and he decides he is going to see the stars backstage as they come out the stage door. And one of them comes up and says 'fuck off!' And he suddenly realizes that there's nothing really happening in rock & roll. It's just another cross on his list.[1]

The song quotes The Who's 1965 hit, "My Generation".[1]

Live history[edit]

"The Punk and the Godfather" was performed live during The Who's 1973 tour that was used to promote Quadrophenia. It has since become a live favorite, being performed in multiple tours since.


  1. ^ a b Cady, Brian. "'Quadrophenia' liner notes". The Hypertext Who. 

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