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Date: Thu, 1 Dec 1994 07:22 CST
From: Svante Boerjesson <email@example.com>
Just continuing the discussion on "Iron Man" and "Psychoderelict" etc. ...
I really liked IM when it first was released in '89. I think I just hungered for
a new Pete/Who album at the time. Nowadays, I tend to think it's a great
musical. I think it would do great in the theatre or on Broadway.
It might, but I've heard the London stage production and it was
wretched. It's done as a children's-theatre piece, with about one piano
for instrumentation, and is completely devoid of the excitement I listen
to any rock for, much less The Who. For an idea of what it sounds like,
think of the clip on the _Tommy: The Amazing Journey_ video, from the
early 70s stage production of _Tommy_, where someone's singing "Acid
Queen" with a piano accompaniment. Eeewww.
As we know, Pete et al came up with a good (IMO) stage adaptation of
_Tommy_; there may be such an adaptation hidden inside IMan, but it
hasn't come out yet.
>What about "Was There Life" ? This is one of the most beautiful songs
>Townshend has written.
"Fast Food" is another of my favorites on the album, for the rockin'
rhythm and quirky lyrics (I like the in-reference to "preferably
tattooed"); "Dig" does have the sound of latter-day Who, but doesn't
particularly grab me; I like "I'm Not Gonna Run" a lot -- the guitar and
synthesizer work is gorgeous, and once again Pete wrings the most out of
the chord progressions and key changes. "A Friend is a Friend" is
interesting but I heard it a little too much in '89, and although the
lyrics are thought-provoking, the line "be friendly, be friendly now"
strikes me as surprisingly awkward. Imagine how much fun the band could
have had in '89 with "Fast Food"...mmm...