Posted by: Calmseas (Mike) | February 8, 2010

Who? What?

I didn’t understand “The Who” Super Bowl performance at all. Maybe it is because of the noise of the treadmill I was on at the time; or maybe it’s just me. The high-tech, high-energy, precision electronic “accompaniment” (for lack of a better description) was actually very good, even somewhat interesting. The vocals, however, are another story entirely.

Now, mind you, I’m a guy who entirely missed the rock and roll revolution of the 60s and 70s. I was interested in other kinds of music. So while I am familiar with the name “The Who,” I really have not heard their music before, and I’m not at all familiar with their “shtick.” So, I suppose, I am either the most objective judge of their Super Bowl performance, or the most biased. You decide.

In any case, I saw a couple of old guys—much too old to be pretending to be rock stars (even Mick Jagger has managed to stay fit into his 60s)—who essentially shouted out their vocals; they had mediocre or worse voices, and they were often off-key, even when a key could be found. They likely would not have gotten past Simon on the first round of American Idol. The duet singing was especially bad; the vertical alignment of the voices was non-existent. Did they rehearse at all before this performance?

My word of advice to “The Who”—as if they would want advice from me—is this: Set the electronic music to play, and then go off somewhere and take a nap.

“To each his own” when it comes to music tastes; but as for me, I suppose I won’t be buying any “The Who” albums in the foreseeable future.


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