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How'd you find out about/get into The Who's Tommy?

I got into Tommy about ten months ago. I'm a big fan of the show Home Movies and they had done a parody of Tommy entitled Timmy (http://homemovies.toonzone.net/TemporaryBlindness.htm, I'll upload the song if anyone is interested) so when my dad told me that Tommy was gonna come on TV I was mildly interested because if Home Movies deems it worthy to do a parody of it must be okay. I had no idea what it was about. I'd never even heard the song Pinball Wizard. Let's just say I was more than a little confused. And bored. Then when it got to Cousin Kevin and Fiddle About I was downright traumatized. I didn't pay much attention to the rest of the movie and just kept getting more and more confused. Like, "I thought he was blind, deaf and dumb...but she pushes him through a mirror onto some rocks and he can suddenly see?" I also wasn't even sure what had caused him to be blind, deaf and dumb in the first place. I stopped watching soon after he got his vision back because Home Movies came on and I didn't want to miss that for some creepy, confusing movie.

But then I decided to download a few songs from it. The movie had creeped me out like hell, but hey, the music wasn't that bad. I think the first song I downloaded was Pinball Wizard, the Elton John version. And I actually liked it a lot (I was too freaked out while watching the movie to really appreciate the music). So I kept downloading the music. I started to really like it. I still had no idea how it ended though. No video rental places had it so finally I got the brilliant idea to borrow it from the library. This time I knew the story pretty well but it still freaked me out. And I finally got to see the ending and it pissed me the hell off. No closure at all. But then I found out it had been turned into a Broadway musical back in the early nineties. I went to buy the CD but it was something like $49.99. I decided to just download it (Bad Lina! Bad!). Let's just say I liked the Broadway version a lot better. Not only were the characters a lot more likeable and realistic, but it also gave me closure at the ending. Sadly I haven't seen it performed live yet.

And that's how I got into Tommy. Haha, sorry, I didn't intend it to be so long!
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Date:December 30th, 2005 03:04 pm (UTC)
I have to say Tommy is one the the most confusing movies I have ever seen.It is soooo much different from the musical. When I found out I was doing the musical I was like how the heck are we going to get the stage all white and covered in beans and champagne? But anyway, tommy takes so long to understand. for instance it wasn't until we actually performing the show live that i realized when they ask him whats going on in his head at the doctors office and play listening to you i get the music, that song is whats going on in his head. I just thought it was something random. Im sure there are still things that i dont know about in the story even after being in it
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Date:December 30th, 2005 11:43 pm (UTC)
When I first listened to the OBC version of "Go To the Mirror" I thought it was two girls randomly singing the "listening to you, I get the music"thing. I was like "What the hell?". Then I read the libretto and was like "Ooohhh...it was 4-year-old Tommy and 10-year-old Tommy...haha..."
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Date:December 24th, 2010 05:48 am (UTC)
I was just in a production of Tommy this November. Before, I had never heard of it. My ex-boyfriend convinced me to audition on the day of auditions. I made it into the ensemble. It was my very first musical and the greatest experience of my life. Now, I am a big fan of Tommy and The Who.
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