schrade at akrobiz.com
Sat Sep 11 03:13:19 CDT 2004
> I don't know how much you know about the creation of
I thought we were talking about WHITE CITY.
> we've never discussed it.
> But it's fairly well reported, from Pete himself, that he took
> some songs which were "lying around" and adapted them
> to the story.
Uh.......yeah! Hello?! WHITE CITY. Calling WHITE CITY!
> I know that Sally Simpson was originally written for a Rock
> Star rather than a spiritual figure,
I'm sorry, operator, I thought I was talking to WHITE CITY.
I must have dialed the wrong number.
"Sally Simpson" written for a "Rock Star?!" Every Who fan
worth his or her salt knows that "Sally Simpson" was written
after Pete saw a Doors performance (Singer Bowl '68, I believe.
When The Who shared the bill with The Doors. My ultimate
> Do YOU know exactly when he wrote the songs? I don't.
Then why are you speculating that the songs are about the
breakup of the band?
> I mean, it's what Pete does! He takes what's happening to
> him and creates a song about it.
So, he's unable to write for a specific project? Is it inconceivable
to you that he could sit down & write a batch of songs with
the storyline of WHITE CITY in mind? C'mon, man! He was
done with The Who & this was his new project. Clean slate.
> > '84-'85 Pete wanted nothing to do with The Who.
> You don't KNOW that any more than I do.
I know! Isn't this fun?!
> I'll bet he took the Who royalty checks, though.
That's right, operator, I was trying to reach WHITE CITY.
You patched me through to "royalty checks." Could you
try again, please?
> Plus he certainly wasn't shy about mentioning them, and
> with the same sort of sentiments expressed in White City,
> during interviews.
Interviews? More evidence, please. I'll grant you that one
or two songs *may* have had pre-WHITE CITY origins.....
I just think you're slapping an interpretation over a batch of
Pete-songs which were written with a specific theme in mind.
That of WHITE CITY.
> But that's not consistant with Pete's history of
You're selling Pete short, my friend! What? He can't write
a *story?* It *all* has to be about him or The Who?
Just reading the liner notes one gets the impression that Pete
was writing a story centered on a fictional character who lives
in White City. It was an attempt at a novelette. To be tied
in with the film.
> > In WHITE CITY & PSYCHODERELICT, Pete redirects
> > his introspection by channeling it through other
> > fictional characters.
> Yeah...your point? Is he forbidden then to use his
> life through these fictional characters?
Not at all. I just don't think the songs on WHITE CITY
were written about the breakup of the band, & then re-
fashioned to fit the WC storyline. My theory is that Pete
wrote the songs specifically for the project.
> Maybe my ass!
Operator?! Operator?! I got a prevert!!!
> Did you read any of the interviews during that period????
I hate you.
> Oh, come on, everything's not just black or white.
> There are degrees of everything. I'm sure he had some
> regrets, just not enough to reform the band.
You & I need to sit Pete down & get the facts. Bet he'd
I'm buying the next round, Mark. What are you drinking?
- SCHRADE in Akron
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