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August 4th, 2006


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04:15 pm - Pinball Wizard
This morning, I learned that the Pinball Wizard was deaf, dumb and blind.

I always thought he looked kinda like the Unix SysAdmin Wizard, pictured at right.

Except he'd have flippers instead of stars on his hat, and bumpers on his robes.

And he'd be standing in front of a pinball game, of course.

I'm not sure if I'm disappointed, or enthralled with the new information. It's amazing what happens when you finally hear the story in the song. . .

Further thought pending.
Current Location: Southeast of Disorder
Current Mood: baffled
Current Music: "Captain America", -JB

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From:duriyah
Date:August 4th, 2006 08:30 pm (UTC)
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Do they not play classic rock on the radio anymore? I can sing along with every word of that song, and Tommy came out when I was 3. And I'm not at all a Who fan. I'm feeling really old right now.
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From:chronarchy
Date:August 4th, 2006 08:43 pm (UTC)
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Oh, I could sing along with it, too. I had just. . . never quite internalized the words well enough to grasp their meaning.
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From:duriyah
Date:August 4th, 2006 08:51 pm (UTC)
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Ooohh, I see! Yes, that's a completely different thing. Actually, I have never seen Tommy, and I think maybe it is time. Netflix only gives it 3 out of 5 stars, but I added it to my queue anyway.

Now I'm completely jonesing for some Who.
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From:wishesofastar
Date:August 4th, 2006 09:38 pm (UTC)
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I must warn you, the movie is really, really terrible. If you insist on watching it, do so with a group of friends sharing a bottle of strong alcohol.
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From:duriyah
Date:August 4th, 2006 10:02 pm (UTC)
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That bad, huh? Thanks for the warning. Friends and alcohol are really the only way to watch a really bad movie.
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From:incendiary_dan
Date:August 5th, 2006 03:32 am (UTC)
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I saw the rock opera live. It was pretty fun.
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From:rfunk
Date:August 4th, 2006 08:55 pm (UTC)

Tommy

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Wow, does that mean you haven't heard the whole album or seen the movie either?? I know that whole story pretty well by now.

Unlike duriyah, I *am* a Who fan, but I think they started going downhill after their first album and early singles, long before Tommy. (And long before I was born.)
From:weavingfire
Date:August 4th, 2006 10:06 pm (UTC)

wait...

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was he always in color?
From:perlgirlju
Date:August 5th, 2006 03:33 am (UTC)
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Gamespy has misled you. ;) Unix SysAdmin Wizards look nothing like that. We tend to favor jeans, ponytails, and are holding the ubiquitous can of Coke. Which still makes us nothing at all like Pinball Wizards, though we do typically play a mean game of Pong.
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From:healing_coyote
Date:August 6th, 2006 05:30 am (UTC)
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I love Tommy:The Who! Seen the movie? Maybe we can squeeze that in with the end of the Wall...
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From:chronarchy
Date:August 7th, 2006 12:25 pm (UTC)
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*grins* Sit in a dark room with you? For longer than originally planned?

Totally. . .
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From:tanrinia
Date:August 7th, 2006 06:42 pm (UTC)
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you want a real mindf**k, see the movie...
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From:rfunk
Date:August 7th, 2006 09:10 pm (UTC)

Even better...

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See both the movie and the musical revival, and try to reconcile the plot differences.
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From:tanrinia
Date:August 8th, 2006 02:06 pm (UTC)

Re: Even better...

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i dunno. chronarchy seems like a rookie at rock operas, that may be too much to handle all at once :)
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From:romandruid
Date:August 8th, 2006 12:24 am (UTC)
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*forehead smack*

Wait... lemme try that again...

*smacks YOUR forehead*

I can't even begin to tell you what a huge influence that movie had on my teenage years. When it came out, there'd never been anything like it ever done before. Ever. (Until Heavy Metal and The Wall came out.) It was fucking awesome. I had the movie poster pinned to my bedroom door for over a decade and fell asleep at night with visions of blindered, cork-in-the-mouth Roger Daltry in my head. I used to dream I was IN the movie. I wore out two copies of the soundtrack and used to know all the words to all the songs -- I probably still do.

Pete Townsend is a god. (lowercase god, anyway...)

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