Tuesday, March 6, 2007

Tommy, can you believe they let us make this movie??

So last night Bravo! was airing Tommy, the famous 1975 rock opera featuring The Who and a parade of other 70s superstars. I thought I'd seen this film at some point in my life, but apparently I had never actually bothered to watch it. Okay, I really couldn't stand to watch all of it, but what I saw was some seriously freaky shit. I thought I had already grown accustomed to drug-induced surrealism, so I was kind of impressed and mortified at the same time.

Ann-Margret vs. the TV that spews champagne and baked beans?? CLASSIC!!! I loved her outfits AND her space-age white bedroom. I also love her inability to act like a drunk because she's too drunk.

Jack Nicholson as a singing psychiatrist? Delightfully cringeworthy! I almost take back that shark-jumper comment. Almost.

So thanks Ken Russell, you crazy MF, for helping me zone-out on an otherwise dry Monday night. Thanks Pete Townsend, for writing a bunch of crap music with a couple good tunes thrown in for your pals Elton and Tina. And THANK YOU Ann-Margret, for ...well, humping a pillow full of beans in a mesh jumpsuit. Now I understand why Elvis could never keep it in his pants.


Bill Pocock said...

Whatever happened to mesh jumpsuits anyway?

How could they ever go outta style?

Maybe a trade could be made at the boarder of bad taste in the Fashion Wars - mesh jumpsuits in exchange for street spandex.

pistols at dawn said...

I've got to admit, it's hard to move on to anything else when you've just read the sentence "Ann-Margret...humping a pillow full of beans in a mesh jumpsuit." There are so many different strange ideas in that sentence that, if stranded on a desert island with only one sentence for the rest of my life, I think I'd pick that one.

I must see this film, post-haste!

katrocket said...

Art Slob: I second that emotion! I hold fast to the dream that mesh jumpsuits are still all the rage in warmer climates, and that we are merely victims of geography here.

Pistols: Thank you for choosing Rocketradio as your holiday phraseologist! Our business is your pleasure.

Bert Bananas said...

Is a pillow full of beans the equivalent of a pillow full of piss and vinegar?

CoffeeDog said...

Oh we were flipping the channels and came upon Tommy too. We stopped and were mezmerized. I saw it when it came out, but like you didn't remember a lot of it, esp the ending.

I do remember haveung a huge crush on Ann-Margaret after that movie :-) Must have been the bean scene!

BionicBuddha said...

I'm headed over to winners right now to see if any of the associates can help me locate a mesh jumpsuit...hopefully they can find me a crop top to accompany the outfit!