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The Who sell out

Wasn't that Who performance at the Super Bowl yesterday awesome? Who would have thought they would open with "Mary-Anne with the Shaky Hands" and then slam into "Glow Girl" before closing it out with "A Quick One" -- it was like the Rock and Roll Circus set, only on a bigger stage, with higher stakes.... No it wasn't. It was a total travesty: bad singing, bad harmonies, shockingly bad guitar playing, all done with an utter lack of imagination. Shame on you, Who. A medley of tunes from Face Dances and It's Hard would have been better. Please watch Prince's performance from a few years ago to see how it is supposed to be done. And could we please have some non-jurassic performers next year? Can't they book Jay-Z?

I suppose we should all be glad the Who did not play "Squeeze Box," in keeping with the ultra-misogynist theme of the commercials -- or perhaps more appropriate to say antihuman. As a Woman of a Certain Age points out, "When Charles Barkley offers the evening's best non-football performance, something is amiss. At least he was just lovin' on tacos, not hating on women. Or himself."

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