Superbowl XLII half-time show

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Erik Kain

Erik writes about video games at Forbes and politics at Mother Jones. He's the contributor of The League though he hasn't written much here lately. He can be found occasionally composing 140 character cultural analysis on Twitter.

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  1. Avatar Zach
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    Have you forgotten Prince’s recent show? Is there nothing more football than his guitar-as-phallus solo projected upon a billowing sheet? Watch it here – http://www.veoh.com/browse/videos/category/music/watch/v389304XGYhx25k

    Seriously, though, the only performances like these that I value are those that tear through the artifice of the whole thing, which are almost uniformly panned as inappropriate. I also loved Nipplegate, Kanye V. Bush, Kanye V. Swift, and various appearances by Bjork and Norm MacDonald. Of course, you can screw this up, too (cf anyone making out at a music awards show, 90s-vintage Drew Barrymore doing anything, etc). Sadly, as things are becoming more digitized/pre-recorded and necessarily more rehearsed (and probably tangled in legal agreements), this rarely happens on a big stage anymore.Report

    • Avatar Will in reply to Zach
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      Zach, props for pointing out Prince’s halftime show. I remember it actually started to rain as “Purple Rain” climaxed with Prince playing that ridiculous guitar behind a billowing sheet. What a freaking spectacle. And what an absolutely awesome performance.Report

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