History Music / Tommy

6th Oct '17 12:25:05 PM KingLyger
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* FanDisillusionment: In-universe.
* {{Fandom}}: Has one in-universe and something of one in RealLife.

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* FanDisillusionment: In-universe.
In-universe. Tommy's followers are looking for a quick fix and an easy path to enlightenment. When Tommy at first tells them that there is no such thing, and then tries it anyway with pinball, his followers turn on him, and Tommy's left with nothing.
* {{Fandom}}: Has Tommy ends up with one in-universe in-universe, and something of one in RealLife.



* HeroicBSOD: The whole point of the story. It's about a boy who is traumatized and checks out for most of his life. When he wakes up he continues to act in a way that suggests that he is still not fully connected to reality.

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* HeroicBSOD: The whole point of the story. It's about a boy who is traumatized and checks out for most of his life. When he wakes up up, he continues to act in a way that suggests that he is still not fully connected to reality.
5th Oct '17 8:49:40 AM KingLyger
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* RealityEnsues: "Sally Simpson" sees the titular girl having fantasies of Tommy ending up with her if she can just get onstage with him. She goes to one of his sermons, jumps up onstage, and brushes him on the face... at which point security promptly throw her off the stage, giving her a cut that requires sixteen stitches to close.
2nd Sep '17 1:35:40 AM Smapti
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* In 2015, bluegrass band the Hillbenders covered the album as a "bluegrass opry" with all-acoustic instrumentation.
28th Mar '17 11:49:34 AM mlsmithca
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Born at the end of WWI (WWII in the movie and Broadway versions) to a war widow, Tommy Walker is an ordinary child growing up in postwar Britain until his father, [[BackFromTheDead presumed dead but actually missing behind enemy lines for several years]], comes home, finds his wife with her new lover, and kills him in self-defense before Tommy's eyes (in the Broadway version, anyway; the movie version has the new lover kill the husband in self-defense, and the album itself leaves the nature of the event [[NoodleIncident deliberately ambiguous]]) while Tommy witnesses it all in a mirror. Traumatized by the experience, and his parents' exhortation that "You didn't hear it, you didn't see it, [[ConfusingMultipleNegatives you won't say nothing to no one ever in your life]]", Tommy is struck deaf, dumb (i.e. mute), and blind.

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Born at the end of WWI (WWII in the movie and Broadway versions) to a war widow, Tommy Walker is an ordinary child growing up in postwar Britain until his father, [[BackFromTheDead presumed dead but actually missing behind enemy lines for several years]], comes home, finds his wife with her new lover, and kills him in self-defense before Tommy's eyes (in the Broadway version, anyway; the movie version has the new lover kill the husband in self-defense, and the album itself leaves the nature of the event [[NoodleIncident deliberately ambiguous]]) while Tommy witnesses it all in a mirror. Traumatized by the experience, and his parents' exhortation that "You didn't hear it, you didn't see it, [[ConfusingMultipleNegatives you won't say nothing to no one ever in your life]]", Tommy is struck deaf, dumb (i.e. mute), and blind.



* A 1975 [[TheMovie film]] directed by Creator/KenRussell, which manages to be even more trippy and incoherent than the original album. Like the [=LSO=] recording, a number of guest musicians were featured, including Music/EltonJohn (whose recording of "Pinball Wizard" became a radio hit), Ann-Margret as Tommy's mother Nora, Music/EricClapton and Arthur Brown as the [[PreacherMan high priests of the church of Marilyn Monroe]], Creator/OliverReed as Tommy's "Uncle Frank" Hobbs (who in this version kills Tommy's father rather than the other way around), and Creator/JackNicholson, in his only singing role (barring his performance of LA Vie En Rose in Film/AsGoodAsItGets), as Tommy's doctor. LighterAndSofter than the album, with gratuitous quantities of synthesized instrumentals and lots of LargeHam moments.

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* A 1975 [[TheMovie film]] directed by Creator/KenRussell, which manages to be even more trippy and incoherent than the original album. Like the [=LSO=] recording, a number of guest musicians were featured, including Music/EltonJohn (whose recording of "Pinball Wizard" became a radio hit), Ann-Margret as Tommy's mother Nora, Music/EricClapton and Arthur Brown as the [[PreacherMan high priests of the church of Marilyn Monroe]], Creator/OliverReed as Tommy's "Uncle Frank" Hobbs (who in this version kills Tommy's father rather than the other way around), and Creator/JackNicholson, in his only singing role (barring his performance of LA "La Vie En Rose en Rose" in Film/AsGoodAsItGets), ''Film/AsGoodAsItGets''), as Tommy's doctor. LighterAndSofter than the album, with gratuitous quantities of synthesized instrumentals and lots of LargeHam moments.



* AdaptationExpansion: The movie has quite a bit of new music, and gives Nora Walker's second husband a good deal more characterization, shows more of their relationship, and even has him as an employee at a [[{{Foreshadowing}} holiday camp]].
** Speaking of added details, Mrs. Walker doesn't even have a first name on the original album.
* TheAlcoholic: Uncle Ernie

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* AdaptationExpansion: The movie has quite a bit of new music, and gives Nora Walker's second husband a good deal more characterization, shows more of their relationship, and even has him as an employee at a [[{{Foreshadowing}} holiday camp]].
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camp]]. Speaking of added details, Mrs. Walker doesn't even have a first name on the original album.
* TheAlcoholic: Uncle ErnieErnie.



* BittersweetEnding[=/=]DownerEnding: "Sally Simpson", and the album as a whole.
** In the film version of "Sally Simpson" this is averted by giving Sally an obviously fake scar, making her husband a FrankensteinsMonster lookalike, and at the end, having her shrug the whole thing off while dressed in expensive furs and jewels.
*** Though even in the movie, she appears to now be wasting her life raising a child at an extremely young age and living in sloth, the point being that she's probably stuck in a life that will get old when she outgrows her adolescent preferences for rockstar types.

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* BittersweetEnding[=/=]DownerEnding: BittersweetEnding: "Sally Simpson", and the album as a whole.
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Simpson". In the film version of "Sally Simpson" this is averted by giving Sally an obviously fake scar, making her husband a FrankensteinsMonster lookalike, and at the end, having her shrug the whole thing off while dressed in expensive furs and jewels.
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jewels. Though even in the movie, she appears to now be wasting her life raising a child at an extremely young age and living in sloth, the point being that she's probably stuck in a life that will get old when she outgrows her adolescent preferences for rockstar types.



--> ''I'm the school bully\\

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--> ''I'm -->I'm the school bully\\



You ever could meet''

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You ever could meet''meet



** TheCoverChangesTheMeaning: In both the album and the 1993 musical, a pimp who calls himself a "hawker" (i.e., a peddler) says that there is a prostitute of his (eventually the Acid Queen/Gypsy) whose sexual prowess can heal Tommy. In the 1975 film, however, the Hawker is replaced by a preacher and a priest of a "religious" cult of Creator/MarilynMonroe who claims that her movie-acting fame, sexual prowess, and "saintly" nature can cure Tommy on the touch of her idol statue (even though she is dead).

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** * TheCoverChangesTheMeaning: In both the album and the 1993 musical, a pimp who calls himself a "hawker" (i.e., a peddler) says that there is a prostitute of his (eventually the Acid Queen/Gypsy) whose sexual prowess can heal Tommy. In the 1975 film, however, the Hawker is replaced by a preacher and a priest of a "religious" cult of Creator/MarilynMonroe who claims that her movie-acting fame, sexual prowess, and "saintly" nature can cure Tommy on the touch of her idol statue (even though she is dead).



* CueTheSun: During the band's performance at Music/{{Woodstock}}, the climactic moment of ''See Me, Feel Me'' happened to coincide precisely with [[SugarWiki/CrowningMomentOfAwesome the morning sun breaching the horizon]]. The group had a lighting rig (then a rarity) constructed to replicate this effect for later performances.

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* CueTheSun: During the band's performance at Music/{{Woodstock}}, the climactic moment of ''See "See Me, Feel Me'' Me" happened to coincide precisely with [[SugarWiki/CrowningMomentOfAwesome the morning sun breaching the horizon]]. The group had a lighting rig (then a rarity) constructed to replicate this effect for later performances.



* DisabilitySuperpower: One interpretation is that Tommy can feel things as music, hence the RockOpera part.
** There's also the idea floated in "Pinball Wizard" that Tommy's skill at pinball derives from his disabilities.
---> ''He ain't got no distractions, can't hear no buzzers and bells / Can't see no lights a-flashin', plays by sense of smell''

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* DisabilitySuperpower: One interpretation is that Tommy can feel things as music, hence the RockOpera part.
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part. There's also the idea floated in "Pinball Wizard" that Tommy's skill at pinball derives from his disabilities.
---> ''He -->He ain't got no distractions, can't hear no buzzers and bells / Can't see no lights a-flashin', plays by sense of smell''smell



* DisposableFiance / AssholeVictim: In the 1993 musical, the boyfriend talks about getting married with Tommy's mother. However, when her husband comes back home from the war, the mother feels surprised and relieved that he's alive after all, and the boyfriend soon becomes a {{jerkass}} by acting hostile toward Tommy's parents and attempting to kill the father. Fortunately, the father disposes of him by shooting him dead in the struggle.

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* DisposableFiance / AssholeVictim: DisposableFiance: In the 1993 musical, the boyfriend talks about getting married with Tommy's mother. However, when her husband comes back home from the war, the mother feels surprised and relieved that he's alive after all, and the boyfriend soon becomes a {{jerkass}} by acting hostile toward Tommy's parents and attempting to kill the father. Fortunately, the father disposes of him by shooting him dead in the struggle.



* EvenTheGuysWantHim: In the director's commentary for the DVD release of the movie, Film/KenRussell and the interviewer with him spend quite some time at one point gushing about Roger Daltrey's body.

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* EvenTheGuysWantHim: In the director's commentary for the DVD release of the movie, Film/KenRussell Creator/KenRussell and the interviewer with him spend quite some time at one point gushing about Roger Daltrey's body.



* {{Foreshadowing}}: "Go to the Mirror!" (see HilariousInHindsight). Also interesting is "Overture" (the first track) which [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin foreshadows the rest of the album by containing all]] [[RecurringRiff the most important riffs.]]
** There's also a bit of it in TheMovie with the holiday camp near the beginning.

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* {{Foreshadowing}}: "Go to the Mirror!" (see HilariousInHindsight). Also interesting is "Overture" (the first track) which [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin foreshadows the rest of the album by containing all]] [[RecurringRiff the most important riffs.]]
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]] There's also a bit of it in TheMovie with the holiday camp near the beginning.



* IAmSong: Some very literal examples in the lyrics to "Cousin Kevin" ("I'm the school bully / The classroom cheat"), "Acid Queen" ("I'm the gypsy / The acid queen"), and "Fiddle About" ("I'm your wicked Uncle Ernie!")



* IAmSong: Some very literal examples in the lyrics to "Cousin Kevin" ("I'm the school bully / The classroom cheat"), "Acid Queen" ("I'm the gypsy / The acid queen"), and "Fiddle About" ("I'm your wicked Uncle Ernie!")



--> ''Do you know how to play hide and seek?\\

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--> ''Do -->Do you know how to play hide and seek?\\



There's a lot I can do to a freak''

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There's a lot I can do to a freak''freak



*** Songwriter John Entwistle was inspired by his childhood experiences with a bullying neighbor kid, with whom his parents inexplicably left him on a regular basis (John eventually beat up the bully when he realized he'd grown tall enough to look the other kid in the eye).

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*** ** Songwriter John Entwistle was inspired by his childhood experiences with a bullying neighbor kid, with whom his parents inexplicably left him on a regular basis (John eventually beat up the bully when he realized he'd grown tall enough to look the other kid in the eye).



** [[Creator/MidwayGames Bally]] released ''[[Pinball/{{Wizard}} Wizard!]]'' in 1975, "inspired" by the film. It featured the likenesses of Roger Daltry and Ann-Margret on the backglass, but was otherwise only tangentially related.

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** [[Creator/MidwayGames Bally]] released ''[[Pinball/{{Wizard}} Wizard!]]'' in 1975, "inspired" by the film. It featured the likenesses of Roger Daltry Daltrey and Ann-Margret on the backglass, but was otherwise only tangentially related.



--> ''Well you talk about your woman, I wish you could see mine''
--> ''You talk about your woman, I wish you could see mine''
--> ''When she gets on to lovin' she brings eyesight to the blind''

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--> ''Well -->Well you talk about your woman, I wish you could see mine''
--> ''You
mine\\
You
talk about your woman, I wish you could see mine''
--> ''When
mine\\
When
she gets on to lovin' she brings eyesight to the blind''blind



* MovieBonusSong: A few of them: "Bernie's Holiday Camp", "Extra Extra" (set to the tune of "Miracle Cure"), "Champagne", "Mother and Son", and "TV Studio."

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* MovieBonusSong: MovieBonusSong:
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A few of them: "Bernie's Holiday Camp", "Extra Extra" (set to the tune of "Miracle Cure"), "Champagne", "Mother and Son", and "TV Studio."



* MundaneMadeAwesome / SeriousBusiness: {{Pinball}}. In the film, he doesn't wear a blindfold/earplugs, so it appears his massive following is simply based on being the pinball champ regardless of disability.

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* MundaneMadeAwesome / SeriousBusiness: MundaneMadeAwesome: {{Pinball}}. In the film, he doesn't wear a blindfold/earplugs, so it appears his massive following is simply based on being the pinball champ regardless of disability.



* PapaWolf: Captain Walker in the 1993 musical. And he's not very happy when he discovers his wife and son with her new {{jerkass}} lover on her 21st birthday!

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* PapaWolf: PapaWolf:
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Captain Walker in the 1993 musical. And he's not very happy when he discovers his wife and son with her new {{jerkass}} lover on her 21st birthday!



* [[{{Lolicon}} Shotacon]]: Uncle Ernie.
--> ''Your mother left me here to mind you, now I'm doing what I want to\\
Fiddling about, fiddling about, fiddle about\\
Down with your bed clothes, up with your nightshirt\\
Fiddle about, fiddle about, fiddle about...''
* ShoutOut: In the film version of "Eyesight to the Blind", a religious cult led by PreacherMan Music/EricClapton brings out a statue of Creator/MarilynMonroe in her pose from ''Film/TheSevenYearItch'' hoping that her touch can cure Tommy. This whole scene is pure, unadulterated FauxSymbolism.

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* [[{{Lolicon}} Shotacon]]: Uncle Ernie.
--> ''Your mother left me here to mind you, now I'm doing what I want to\\
Fiddling about, fiddling about, fiddle about\\
Down with your bed clothes, up with your nightshirt\\
Fiddle about, fiddle about, fiddle about...''
* ShoutOut:
ShoutOut:
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In the film version of "Eyesight to the Blind", a religious cult led by PreacherMan Music/EricClapton brings out a statue of Creator/MarilynMonroe in her pose from ''Film/TheSevenYearItch'' hoping that her touch can cure Tommy. This whole scene is pure, unadulterated FauxSymbolism.



* SympatheticPOV: [[PlayingWithATrope Played with]] during "Pinball Wizard" where the POV switches to a pinball champion that Tommy defeats. The character himself isn't very important to the plot, but when comparing his character to all of the people singing the {{Villain Song}}s, it makes the villains singing them seem far, far worse. [[MisaimedFandom Though for some reason]], [[AlternativeCharacterInterpretation some of the fandom]] seems to interpret it as if said pinball champ is merely a SissyVillain.

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* SympatheticPOV: SympatheticPOV:
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[[PlayingWithATrope Played with]] during "Pinball Wizard" where the POV switches to a pinball champion that Tommy defeats. The character himself isn't very important to the plot, but when comparing his character to all of the people singing the {{Villain Song}}s, it makes the villains singing them seem far, far worse. [[MisaimedFandom Though for some reason]], [[AlternativeCharacterInterpretation some of the fandom]] seems to interpret it as if said pinball champ is merely a SissyVillain.



* TooDumbToLive: Tommy's parents, who can't find a (competent) doctor for him until 3/4ths through the story. And said doctor ''lives in the same town they do''. They take him to [[NightmareFuel the Acid Queen]] before that!
** [[{{Fanon}} Some might interpret it]] as a criticism of the anti-psychiatry movement of TheSixties.

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* TooDumbToLive: Tommy's parents, who can't find a (competent) doctor for him until 3/4ths through the story. And said doctor ''lives in the same town they do''. They take him to [[NightmareFuel the Acid Queen]] Queen before that!
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that! [[{{Fanon}} Some might interpret it]] as a criticism of the anti-psychiatry movement of TheSixties.
21st Feb '17 3:30:41 PM VicGeorge2011
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* DownInTheDumps: Tommy Walker in the film version is led to a junkyard in one of his visions, where he comes across a pinball machine which he becomes good at.
13th Feb '17 11:50:11 AM morenohijazo
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* TwistedEucharist: In the movie version, produced by flamboyant over-the-top director Ken Russell, Eric Clapton plays a priest in the cult of Saint Marilyn Monroe. Backed by the Who, this church has a version of Holy Communion where handfuls of sleeping pills and other downers are solemnly handed out to the Faithful (followed by slugs of ritual Scotch) while Clapton and the band hammer out the old blues standard "Eyesight To The Blind".
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* CoveredInGunge: This happens to Tommy's mother in the movie; a washing machine discharges industrial quantities of foam over her, followed by baked beans, and finally chocolate, all of which Ann-Margret gamely writhes around in.
6th Jan '17 8:26:56 PM nombretomado
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* A 1975 [[TheMovie film]] directed by Creator/KenRussell, which manages to be even more trippy and incoherent than the original album. Like the [=LSO=] recording, a number of guest musicians were featured, including Music/EltonJohn (whose recording of "Pinball Wizard" became a radio hit), Ann-Margret as Tommy's mother Nora, Music/EricClapton and Arthur Brown as the [[PreacherMan high priests of the church of Marilyn Monroe]], Creator/OliverReed as Tommy's "Uncle Frank" Hobbs (who in this version kills Tommy's father rather than the other way around), and JackNicholson, in his only singing role (barring his performance of LA Vie En Rose in Film/AsGoodAsItGets), as Tommy's doctor. LighterAndSofter than the album, with gratuitous quantities of synthesized instrumentals and lots of LargeHam moments.

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* A 1975 [[TheMovie film]] directed by Creator/KenRussell, which manages to be even more trippy and incoherent than the original album. Like the [=LSO=] recording, a number of guest musicians were featured, including Music/EltonJohn (whose recording of "Pinball Wizard" became a radio hit), Ann-Margret as Tommy's mother Nora, Music/EricClapton and Arthur Brown as the [[PreacherMan high priests of the church of Marilyn Monroe]], Creator/OliverReed as Tommy's "Uncle Frank" Hobbs (who in this version kills Tommy's father rather than the other way around), and JackNicholson, Creator/JackNicholson, in his only singing role (barring his performance of LA Vie En Rose in Film/AsGoodAsItGets), as Tommy's doctor. LighterAndSofter than the album, with gratuitous quantities of synthesized instrumentals and lots of LargeHam moments.
26th Aug '16 12:59:37 AM YellowLab
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* NightmareFuel: The original album is mostly ambiguous, which might create a creepier atmosphere to some.
** "Dream One" from the original Pete Townshend demos.
26th Aug '16 12:58:37 AM YellowLab
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* TheStoic: Enforced with Tommy and especially noticeable in the film adaptation. Because of his disability he can hardly react to what's going on around him so he spends the most of the story staring blankly into space.

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* TheStoic: Enforced Justified with Tommy and especially noticeable in the film adaptation. Because of his disability he can hardly react to what's going on around him so he spends the most of the story staring blankly into space.
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