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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 »


Pete Townshend




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 Lee Whitlock ... Spinner (voice)


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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1 December 1993 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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I love Pete and The Who, but this was bad
8 June 2009 | by walsh90210See all my reviews

This is now for rent and sale on DVD after many years of not seeing the light of day. I had heard rumors that Pete was disappointed by it and put it on the shelf. But now he seems to be selling anything and everything he can on The Who's website.

As a kid in high school, I remember seeing TV ads for this show all over my (then) cable company's channels as a pay-per-view event. It debuted on pay-per-view in Dec. 1993. I wanted to buy it but I was a broke teen. It was either this show or a WWF and WCW pay-per-view. Pro Wrestling always came first then.

In the spring or summer of 1994 I was flipping through TV and to my delight I caught it for FREE on PBS as part of their "Great Performance" series. They didn't show the whole broadcast. Just the PsychoDerelict segment and the encores.

I had always hoped it would be replayed on PBS, but as far as I know, it aired only that one time.

Almost a year after the pay-per-view airing a friend of mine told me he had a cable de-scrambler and he taped the show when it first aired. I was hoping I could borrow his copy. He then told me he thought the show was so bad he wasn't sure if he taped over it or not. LOL..He said the actor's segments didn't work and the crowd was "pissed" even booing them at times.

Well, after all these years I was excited to see this show through Netflix a few weeks ago. I had a couple of friends come over for a "screening party".

What a disappointment! Pete's voice was shot for some reason. I don't know if he had a cold or he was strained from rehearsal or another show.

The actor's seemed to either have stage fright or they were rushed for time constraints. They didn't even act at times, but talked fast as if to get the segments over with as soon as possible. I'm not sure if the original show was live "live" on pay-per-view or if it was recorded then aired taped delayed.

It was awesome to hear Pete sing rare gems "The Kids Are Alright", "Keep Me Turning", "Rough Boys", and "Let My Love Open the Door." However the rest of the non-PD set list was the same old Who and solo setlists that have been overdone for years.."A Little is Enough", "Magic Bus", "Pinball Wizard", "Won't Get Fooled Again", etc. Some more "deep cuts" of albums would have been nice.

Looking back, I'm glad I didn't spend the $20-25 to get the pay-per-view way back in 1993.

It is a long show though, clocking in at almost 3 hours.

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