But you didn’t, did you, Roger?
On Radio Four today, they filled up almost half an hour with elderly persons repeating, perhaps because they are becoming forgetful, “I can’t believe it’s been forty years” since Tommy.
Well, I for one cannot believe that it has been so brief a period. Or that so many of the participants, in the nature of these things older than the fans, are not only still alive, but even capable of giving interviews, albeit interviews consisting of nothing more than the repetition of “I can’t believe it’s been forty years”.
Needless to say, no one bothered to point out that, while it has its moments, Tommy as a whole is pretentious, overblown, self-indulgent rubbish, and the film is even worse.
The one good thing in this programme was Adam Long of The Reduced Shakespeare Company, with lines such as “They beat him up and made him bleed/They killed his mother and Oliver Reed”. How did he get away with it? Did the makers really believe that he was paying a duly deferential tribute, since nothing else is possible? Yes, they did. They really did.