Chris Uggen's Blog: least appropriate halftime bands

Sunday, February 03, 2008

least appropriate halftime bands

with tom petty performing at halftime, perhaps the waiting or even the losers will inspire the underdog giants (and free fallin' the patriots). i guess i prefer good ol' unpretentious tom petty to bruce springsteen or the eagles. curious about the halftime performers over the years, i found the list below at rolling stone.

i always thought that the ramones or the who would do well in such a venue, but their time is past. which bombastic arena-friendly performers might be next in line?

2009. red hot chili peppers (way overdue)
2010. snoop dogg (a great football mind, from all reports)
2011. the white stripes (jack white would own the crowd)
2012. the hives and sahara hotnights (honorary americans)
2013. tribute to surf guitar featuring dick dale, the ventures, the late link wray, duane eddy, knuckel drager, joe satriani, los straitjackets, and the mermen.

ok, i know that the last ones just ain't gonna happen, but i'd sure love to hear misirlou in a super bowl setting. here is the full list of past performers:

I. Universities of Arizona and Michigan Bands.
II. Grambling University.
III. Florida A&M University Band.
IV. Carol Channing.
V. Florida A&M Band.
VI. Ella Fitzgerald, Carol Channing, Al Hirt and U.S. Marine Corps Drill Team.
VII. University of Michigan Band and Woody Herman.
VIII. University of Texas Band.
IX. Mercer Ellington and Grambling University Bands.
X. America’s Bicentennial featuring Up with People.
XI. Los Angeles All-City Band.
XII. Tyler Apache Belles, Pete Fountain and Al Hirt.
XIII. Ken Hamilton and Caribbean bands.
XIV. Up with People.
XV. Southern University Band and Helen O'Connell.
XVI. Up with People.
XVII. Los Angeles Drill Team.
XVIII. Florida and Florida State Bands.
XIX. Tops in Blue (Air Force).
XX. Up with People.
XXI. Southern California High School Drill Teams.
XXII. 88 grand pianos, the Rockettes and Chubby Checker.
XXIII. Elvis Presto.
XXIV. Pete Fountain, Doug Kershaw & Irma Thomas.
XXV. New Kids on the Block.
XXVI. Gloria Estefan, Brian Boitano and Dorothy Hamill.
XXVII. Michael Jackson and 3,500 local children. .
XXVIII. Clint Black, Tanya Tucker, Travis Tritt, the Judds.
XXIX. Tony Bennett, Patti LaBelle, Arturo Sandoval, Miami Sound Machine.
XXX. Diana Ross.
XXXI. Blues Brothers, James Brown, and ZZ Top.
XXXII. Boyz II Men, Smokey Robinson, Queen Latifah, Martha Reeves and The Temptations.
XXXIII. Stevie Wonder, Gloria Estefan, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy and Savion Glover.
XXXIV. Phil Collins, Christina Aguilera, Enrique Iglesias, Toni Braxton and an 80-person choir.
XXXV. Aerosmith, *N’SYNC, Britney Spears, Mary J. Blige and Nelly.
XXXVII. Shania Twain, No Doubt and Sting.
XXXVIII. Janet Jackson, Kid Rock, P. Diddy, Nelly and Justin Timberlake.
XXXIX. Paul McCartney.
XL. The Rolling Stones.
XLI. Prince.
XLII. Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers.


At 11:32 PM, Blogger Woz said...

Wow -- it's amazing how much the half-time performers tells us about the era.

Also, aren't Up With People due for a comback? We could all us some upping right now.

Not to mention the civic pride one feels in noting that Prince's performance is still by far the best in the list...

At 6:40 PM, Blogger christopher uggen said...

i dunno, woz. prince was good, but he's no up with people...

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