Great Performances: Season 22, Episode 6

Pete Townshend's Psychoderelict (1 Dec. 1993)

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This appearance includes a performance of Psychoderelict. In this composition a reclusive rock musician preparing a work on virtual reality is forced from retirement by means of a plot ... See full summary »

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Lee Whitlock ...
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This appearance includes a performance of Psychoderelict. In this composition a reclusive rock musician preparing a work on virtual reality is forced from retirement by means of a plot carried out by his manager and a well-known music critic. Written by Anonymous

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Concert version of the CD, with actors & projections
2 May 2003 | by (Ann Arbor, MI, USA) – See all my reviews

This is a concert film, and just the concert - no interviews or any junk like that. It starts off with a couple Who standards, like "Behind Blue Eyes" and then goes into a fairly straightforward concert presentation of "Psychoderelict", complete with the three main voice characters actually appearing onstage as their characters, plus video projections of various things including the hacker character "Spinner".

The actors probably put a few viewers off; I liked the effect. The video stuff was quite interesting, and included some computer-generated fractal displays during instrumentals. The radio-show style plot of the CD was slightly rearranged.

Overall I like the music on this film better than the CD - it's a really good live performance, especially compared to parts of the CD which were more sequencer/keyboard based.

This showed up (in the US) on PBS's "Great Performances". I managed to get it on tape and have watched it a bunch of times. It should be available from Townshend's website, and if I find it on DVD I'll go ahead and buy it.


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