meggins (meggins) wrote,

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Roll up!

Wow, man. Groovy. Way out.

PBS aired "Magical Mystery Tour" tonight. For those of you not "born a long, long time ago" like me, it's a TV special The Beatles did circa 1968. (Or at least it ran on TV in the U.S.) For all I know it's been widely available on DVD, but I had never seen it since the original airing. I was curious to see if it was as...odd as I thought I remembered it.

Pretty much. It's not long on plot. Or logic. Though in some ways it's a little more cohesive than I remembered. It's kind of like a long (almost an hour) form video. My husband guessed that it was "an excuse to sell Beatles records, like they needed one," but I think it was more along the lines of an experiment. I saw the Apple logo in the end credits, and IIRC one of the intentions in starting up Apple was to have an outlet for various artistic experimentations.

Whatever. It also strongly resembled an LSD trip. Not that I've ever had an LSD trip, but from what I've read about them it could qualify if your trip included lots of quality music and some British humor. And what the frick? "Death Cab For Cutie" is a song? I'm going to want to research it but sounded like it would fit in the psychobilly school.)

Speaking of LSD trips, for some truly psychedelic synchronicity, MMT aired (timewise) after an episode of "Fringe" wherein Walter dropped acid. It's not the first time he's done that, but I think this is the most we've seen of the results/effects. I particularly liked the segment featuring Pythonesque animation. And Donovan on the soundtrack singing "Hurdy Gurdy Man" (just a few weeks after we were treated to an extended selection from David Bowie's "The Man Who Sold The World.")

Peace, man. Good love everywhere.
Tags: beatles, music, tv
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