As heard on TV: The Who's ho-hum halftime
Blame Janet Jackson.
Ever since her 2004 wardrobe malfunction, Super Bowl halftime shows have become veritable quilting bees - sedate, spectacle-free outings featuring classic rock stalwarts less likely to attract the attention of the FCC.
The Who, whose longtime association with Super Bowl host CBS’s “CSI” franchise practically makes them the network’s house band, seemed like a natural choice for a halftime act, and they neither disappointed nor thrilled.
After the jump, five totally random, apropos-of-nothing things we noticed during the Who’s performance.
1. Roger Daltrey now looks like an orthodontist from Boca Raton.
When did this happen?
2. Audience applause was conspicuously louder when the band played one of their “CSI” themes.
Anyone over the age of 25 has to find this embarrassing. And why is the not-really-relevant-to-crime-fighting “Baba O’Riley” the “CSI: NY” theme song, anyway? “The Seeker” (sadly neglected last night) would have been a better choice.
3. If you’re trying to decide how you feel about something, don’t look to Twitter, because Twitter can’t help you.
Last time we checked, opinion on the group’s performance was evenly divided. The consensus among older Twitterers: “This is how real rock and roll is played, young ‘uns.” The general feeling among younger Twitterers: “Isn’t this band, like, 97 years old? How are they not dead by now?”
4. We swear we weren't imagining it...
When Daltrey sang the “Won’t Get Fooled Again” lyric about “children at our feet,” the camera conspicuously pivoted to Pete Townshend, who was the subject of a child pornography investigation a few years back. Uncool, CBS cameraperson.
5. The Who smashed no instruments last night.
Also, unlike the Animal Planet’s concurrently running Puppy Bowl, their performance featured neither a scrappy little French bulldog nor hamsters piloting a tiny rodent blimp.
February 8, 2010; 12:00 PM ET
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