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Pete Townshend's Psychoderelict 

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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Pete Townshend
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Episode credited cast:
Pete Townshend ... Himself
John Labanowski John Labanowski ... Ray High
Linal Haft Linal Haft ... Rastus Knight
Jan Ravens Jan Ravens ... Ruth Streeting
Sage Carter Sage Carter ... Athena
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
John Bundrick John Bundrick ... Musician
Peter Hope Evans Peter Hope Evans ... Musician
Andy Fairweather Low Andy Fairweather Low ... Musician
Deirdre Harrison Deirdre Harrison ... Athena (voice)
Kathleen Kissoon Kathleen Kissoon ... Musician (as Katie Kissoon)
Billy Nicholls Billy Nicholls ... Musician
Pino Palladino Pino Palladino ... Musician
Phil Palmer Phil Palmer ... Musician
Simon Phillips Simon Phillips ... Musician
Lee Whitlock ... Spinner (voice)
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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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USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 December 1993 (USA) See more »

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Stereo

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Color

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1.33 : 1
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Concert version of the CD, with actors & projections
2 May 2003 | by scott-381See 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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