PETE TOWNSHEND x 3: Psychoderelict, Psychoderelict (Censored Dialogue) & Psychoderelict (Without Dialogue) (1993)

Psychoderelict (Censored Dialogue)
Psychoderelict (Without Dialogue)
Promo-Only, Two Different Versions + The Original

It’s not my favorite Pete Townshend disc – an unusual 1993 opera/teleplay about a washed-up musician involved with what he believes is an underage fan. Autobiographical? Given some of Townshend’s headlines, it might not be a stretch. But, frankly, I didn’t care one way or the other. I like Townshend and his music, but can’t be bothered with his concepts, plots and storylines. For me, that’s his fifth strongest trait… after his songwriting, guitar playing, singing and fervent demo making. This 2CD promo-only release features two, count ‘em, different versions of the original Psychoderelict (below). One is designed for radio, with censored dialog making it safe for broadcast. The second disc comes without all the cumbersome dialog and play acting altogether. Just the songs… and some extended instrumental sections where dialog used to be. Which is extremely cool and, depending on how you like your Pete, it may either re-introduce you to this album or become your new favorite version of this relatively obscure Townshend work. Check out the rockin‘ trance groove Townshend’s got going on “Meher Baba M4 (Signal Box).” According to Amazon, a ‘Music Only’ edition was actually released in Japan. The censored version was likely limited to this promo release. If you’re just curious and only going for one of the three, try (Without Dialogue).


PSYCHODERELICT (Censored Dialogue)
English Boy (5:08)
Meher Baba M3 (3:32)
Let’s Get Pretentious (3:37)
Meher Baba M4 (Signal Box) (2:24)
Early Morning Dreams (3:55)
I Want That Thing (3:59)
Dialogue Introduction to Outlive The Dinosaur (0:33)
Outlive The Dinosaur (3:25)
Flame (Demo) (1:09)
Now And Then (4:25)
I Am Afraid (4:35)
Don’t Try To Make Me Real (3:00)
Dialogue Introduction to Predictable (0:35)
Predictable (2:17)
Flame (2:41)
Meher Baba M5 (Vivaldi) (2:36)
Fake It (3:30)
Dialogue Introduction to Now And Then (0:33)
Now And Then (Reprise) (2:58)
Baba O’Riley (Demo) (1:21)
English Boy (Reprise) (7:06)

PSYCHODERELICT (Without Dialogue)
English Boy (4:49)
Meher Baba M3 (3:32)
Let’s Get Pretentious (3:27)
Meher Baba M4 (Signal Box) (2:24)
Early Morning Dreams (4:06)
I Want That Thing (4:04)
Outlive The Dinosaur (4:22)
Now And Then (4:12)
I Am Afraid (4:21)
Don’t Try To Make Me Real (3:30)
Predictable (3:10)
Flame (4:15)
Meher Baba M5 (Vivaldi) (2:40)
Fake It (3:38)
English Boy (Reprise) (7:05)


Psychoderelict (1993)
For You Gotta-Have-It-Alls

Pete’s elaborate emotional teleplay didn’t really catch on in the States, despite some solid material like “English Boys” and “Fake It.” I know I ignored it on release and, having heard it numerous times over the years in conjuction with this post, I’ve warmed up to it. More for Townshend’s general talents than the work itself, perhaps, but it is what it is. And… it’s only a penny at Amazon, so you can cash in on those sellers that haven’t yet experienced Townshend x 3.

PSYCHODERELICT
English Boy (5:08)
Meher Baba M3 (3:32)
Let’s Get Pretentious (3:37)
Meher Baba M4 (Signal Box) (2:24)
Early Morning Dreams (3:55)
I Want That Thing (3:59)
Dialogue Introduction to Outlive The Dinosaur (0:33)
Outlive The Dinosaur (3:25)
Flame (Demo) (1:09)
Now And Then (4:25)
I Am Afraid (4:35)
Don’t Try To Make Me Real (3:00)
Dialogue Introduction to Predictable (0:35)
Predictable (2:17)
Flame (2:41)
Meher Baba M5 (Vivaldi) (2:36)
Fake It (3:30)
Dialogue Introduction to Now And Then (0:33)
Now And Then (Reprise) (2:58)
Baba O’Riley (Demo) (1:21)
English Boy (Reprise) (7:06)

5 Comments

  • 1
    Willard
    June 20, 2011 - 11:11 | Permalink

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  • 2
    dandor
    July 29, 2011 - 10:38 | Permalink

    Still think ‘Outlive The Dinosaur’ is one of the best things Townshend’s ever written.
    Though the harder-edged live version (with wailing electric guitar soloing from Pete) from the Psychoderelict live pay-per-view Brooklyn show was even better!

    • 3
      Willard
      July 29, 2011 - 10:47 | Permalink

      I’m with you on that. I don’t know if it’s the actual composition, or more that uber-cool groove, but it’s a top Townshend fave of mine, too.

  • 4
    Darrell
    July 29, 2011 - 15:02 | Permalink

    Thanks for the no dialogue version. I was scared away from this one by the presence of dialogue back in the day, and am now hearing this for the first time.

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