Piano by Chris Stainton. Recorded June 27, 1973.
Pete Townshend: "His train journey down to Brighton, sandwiched between two city gents is notable for the rather absurd number of purple hearts he consumes in order to wile away the time. He goes through a not entirely pleasant series of ups and downs as he thinks about the gaudier side of life as a teenager that we see in newspapers like the News Of The World. '5:15' was written in Oxford Street and Carnaby Street while I was killing time between appointments. I must try it again sometime, it seems to work!"
Unlike most everything else on the album, Pete did not make a demo of this. The music was written in the studio on the day of recording. On September 28, 1973 it was released as a single in the U.K. prior to the album's release. It went to #20. It was also released as a single throughout the world with the exception of the U.S. The Quadrophenia Soundtrack remix was issued as a single everywhere in September 1979. It did not chart in Britain but reached #45 in the U.S.Billboard charts and #53 in Cash Box. The b-side was the remixed version of "I'm One." Live versions can be found on Join Together (1989), the 30 Years Of Maximum R&B video (1979), The Blues To The Bush (1999) and The Who & Special Guests Live at the Royal Albert Hall video (2000).
Why should I care, why should I care?
Girls of fifteen
The ushers are sniffing
The seats are seductive
Pretty girls digging
On a quiet street corner
In our minds and our toes
Uppers and downers
Either way blood flows.
Inside outside. Leave me alone.
Inside outside. Nowhere is home.
Inside outside, Where have I been?
Out of my brain on the five fifteen.
On a raft in the quarry
On the back of a lorry
Born in the war
He man drag
In the glittering ballroom
In my high heel shoes
They know what they're showing
That their heroes are news.
Why should I care?
This song appears on:
Source Length notes Quadrophenia 5:00 Hooligans 4:50 Who's Greatest Hits 4:53 Join Together 5:48 Live Thirty Years Of Maximum R & B 4:16 Single version Blues to the Bush 8:35 Live Live at the Royal Albert Hall 11:40 Live - 11/27/2000 The Who - The Ultimate Collection 4:50 Then and Now! 1964-2004 5:02