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JoMama
05-16-2012, 11:41 AM
This is bothering me to no end. I just saw this 6-CD mega-package documenting Pete Townshend's continued attempts to land this fish that's been tugging at his line a la Hemingway for nearly 40 years.
I thought he had abandoned it for particular reasons and then issued "Who's Next" with some of the great songs from it, and then revised the rest to form his "Quadrophenia" piece, which were both winners. Yes he's still digging up all kind of dreck from his vaults, thinking he needs to "complete" it. What for land's sakes is he trying to complete? Do I have to track the old fart down myself and demand an answer? After "Horse's Neck" I am a bit afraid to approach this man in person without packing pepper spray to be honest, but I am a little curious as to what this thing is all about. I just don't want to throw away 100 bucks to be disappointed...

JoMama
05-16-2012, 11:48 AM
Just to be clear, I'm chuckling at the Wiki explanation, because it's vague in a way that I can't explain:

"The story was to take place in 21st century Britain, in an age where pollution has become such a drastic problem that most people never set foot outdoors in their life. This populace spends most of their time in "experience suits". These suits provide the people with artificial lives superior to any they could eke out in the real world, yet devoid somehow of spiritual fulfillment. One discontented soul, known only as "The Hacker", rediscovers 20th century rock and roll music, and breaks into the computer network controlling the suits to invite people to leave their suits and come together for a concert. Despite the best efforts of the fascist government, thousands of people gather at the Hacker's concert, with millions more watching through their suits, as the musicians and audience perform experimental songs like those described above. Just as the police storm in and shoot the Hacker, the audience and band manage simultaneously to produce the perfect universal tone, The One Note, and everyone participating in and watching the concert simply vanishes, presumably having departed for a higher plane of existence. The story is seen through the eyes of a middle-aged farmer named Ray, an "air-conditioned gypsy" from a remote unpolluted corner of Scotland, who travels south looking for his daughter who has run away to the concert."

It's as though these things have all come true... :eek:

Calexico
05-16-2012, 02:49 PM
I'm a Who fan and, honestly, I wouldn't touch this with a barge pole. He's been artistically bereft for years now. He keeps releasing and re-releasing bits and pieces from this and Quadrophenia every few years and it's become one big yawn.

JoMama
05-16-2012, 07:56 PM
I'm a Who fan and, honestly, I wouldn't touch this with a barge pole. He's been artistically bereft for years now. He keeps releasing and re-releasing bits and pieces from this and Quadrophenia every few years and it's become one big yawn.

You know, our "Blade Runner"-loving fanpager might see an avenue of opportunity missed here: Ridley Scott should have been on board in the first place, not that guy whose wife Townshend was all agog over...