Friday, January 30, 2009

I think America lost its innocence when we witnessed Justin Timberlake touch a woman, any woman

Wherein learned earlier this week from somewhere else this web publication exists I loved the Smith/Strausbaugh NY Press


Nick Gillespie is interviewed and speaks truth to power about THE BRUUUUUUUUUCE:
ST: Are you as appalled as me that Bruce Springsteen, that Philip Berrigan kind of liberal who eschews materialism, is playing the half-time show at the Super Bowl?

NG: Why Springsteen? Is Gary Glitter still stuck in Thailand? Is Buddy Holly not returning the NFL's phone calls?

I grew up in Monmouth County, New Jersey, which contains both Springsteen's hometown (Freehold) and his early haunt (Asbury Park), so I can't stand him in the same way that only a New Yorker can really, really hate the Yankees. I'll say this much about the Boss: His output over the past 25 years or so would make even Beethoven nostalgic for the first few albums. Springsteen is in that elite group of rock stars who have objectively sucked two, three, or even four times longer than they were ever any good (are you listening Sting, David Bowie, R.E.M., Patti Smith?). That, and in the video for "Glory Days," he had the worst fake baseball throwing arm since Gary Cooper in Pride of the Yankees. Which is saying something.

Watching Springsteen perform at the Super Bowl—and before him, rock mummies like Tom Petty and Rolling Stones—let's just say I'd rather go straight to the Bodies exhibition, where at least no one is pretending that the corpses on display aren't actually dead.

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Blogger XWL said...

I'd rather they bring back "Up with People" and ignore it completely.

Half times are for eliminating waste, not putting up on stage.

Shoot, it's in Tampa/Orlando, they could have done a Universal branded 'movie spectacular' themed thing (Disney would be the more obvious choice, but corporate rivals and all).

1/31/2009 01:11:00 AM  

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