I was looking forward to Prince headlining the Superbowl halftime show. The Halftime show usually sucks, and is ridiculous in its meaningless pomposity. However, I thought since Prince is simultaneously a marvel and joke, maybe he’s a perfect fit for the Superbowl.
Although the only Prince I own are covers, Prince has fascinated for years. As someone once described Prince, his [Prince) best work, falls somewhere between a stupid human trick and a miracle. That’s Prince. He’s now a happily married Jehovah Witness who doesn’t perform songs like “Darling Nikki,” anymore. He gives press interviews in a room which has been draped with purple silks and tie-dyes, lighted by candles and lined with couches. He tells the press about the room decorations; "They do this everywhere we go," he says, sweeping a hand around the place. "Makes it feel like home."
The more you read and watch him, the more you realize that Charlie Murphy’s recollection of a basketball playing, pancake making Prince, and the brilliant Fred Armisen SNL sketch has a firm, firm base in reality.
Now about the show. First off, that suit? First time I was drooling over a man's suit and shirt combination. Come to think of it, I hear Prince and I are the same size. The vocals and guitar were live, but the band was prerecorded (I read it somewhere). The band, the screaming fans, prince's looks at the camera...totally all came together. The music selection for a ten minute show was great too. The covers, "watchtower"--totally fitting considering how much Hendrix influenced Prince (yes, I'm aware all along the watch tower is Dylan's song--but Hendrix made it his own). The cover of Foo's best of you was fitting, and a wry nod to the Foo who had a hit with their cover of "Darling Nikki." To sum it up, Prince--best performance at Super Bowl Halftime that I can recall.
Sherpa's Mix Freebie---
I ended up making a mix cd last week of the best of the mp3s I downloaded from "rock/indy" mp3 blogs and burned four copies. The contents of the cd is a surprise. But the first four people to e-mail me (my address is on my profile page) get the cd. A valentine's gift from me to you. I'll take care of shipping costs.
Here's a link to my profile
The lucky recipients are Dainon, Rae, Ok Mike and Jenny. If you haven't given me your address (even though you live in town) send it my way.