schrade at akrobiz.com
Thu Sep 9 17:50:12 CDT 2004
> Clearly the ALBUM isn't about the breakup, but just as
> clearly many of the songs are.
I still have my doubts. I think the songs were written *for*
the album, with its story & themes in mind.
> Um...it was what was going on in his life? Pete HAS
> been known to write about the things going on in his
> life, you know.
I'm not buying that. Pete was finished with The Who in
'82-'83. Are you telling me he was still dwelling on it in
> Why would Pete celebrate his freedom?
> The question you SHOULD be asking is: why WOULDN'T
> he, if The Who was such a burden?
So he was celebrating his freedom by dwelling on what he
had just escaped? I'm not buying that either.
> You make it seem like he's unhappy about the breakup,
No, *you're* making it seem like that. I'm saying that in
'84-'85 Pete wanted nothing to do with The Who. You're
saying he was composing songs about the breakup of the
> when instead (as I pointed out) the songs are about freedom
> FROM the band.
Yet you say they're still *about* the band? I won't buy it,
Mark. I just won't buy it. I won't buy your Magic Bus. (?)
> Certainly something Pete would want to immerse himself in.
Freedom from the band by dwelling on the band? Pass.
> > That's what WHITE CITY is about.
> But not what all of the songs were about.
I disagree. I think the songs were written specifically for the
storyline of WHITE CITY. I can't believe he plucked some
songs about the breakup of the band & stuck them in his
new project concerning a completely unrelated story.
> > It was actually a neat way for Pete to step outside
> himself & wallow in some self-loathing. Much like
> Like Who By Numbers, too.
I disagree again! WBN is mostly first-person introspection.
In WHITE CITY & PSYCHODERELICT, Pete redirects
his introspection by channeling it through other fictional
> Well, certainly he had to have SOME regrets about breaking
> up the band.
Maybe, but not until much, much later. Maybe the mid-'90s.
Pete wanted out bad in '82-'83. So he quit. I simply cannot
believe he was regretting that decision as early as '84-'85.
- SCHRADE in Akron
"Origins" is coming to PBS Sept. 28.
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