Four Reasons Black Eyed Peas' Halftime Show Sucked

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The best part about Sunday night's Super Bowl halftime show was that people actually were surprised that it was bad, as if the Black Eyed Peas would pull it off without a hitch and we would all rush to our computers and download their entire catalog in converted reverence. Right when we saw the group come down from the rafters on chains, we already knew we were in trouble.

If you didn't think the Peas sucked before, your mind wouldn't be changed and you were enraptured for all 12 minutes. If you came in already a devoted hater, then you only walked away with a worse impression than you had the day before. If you are among the lucky few that had no idea who they were before or what they sang Sunday, then you believe that the world is on the verge of artistic implosion. And you could be partly right.

What the Peas' halftime show taught everyone is that there is a bigger segment of the world's population that really gets off on this shit, and not in the ironic blogger-in-NASA-glasses way. This is non-fiction entertainment for over three-quarters of the world. For those fans this is all normal. Having a four-piece band playing their own instruments onstage without the help of the cast from Logan's Run is the real oddity.

There is also this weird hope and dulling happiness in the band's music that most normal people find uncomfortable and even unsettling. It's corporate-retreat pop to ignore the real problems to.

4. The Music

Opening with "I Gotta Feeling" and the lines "I gotta feeling that tonight's gonna be a good night" was a death knell. There was no way that would happen with a catastrophic Fergie wardrobe malfunction or an unplanned fire onstage.

Each time you heard a sample of a song you loved you got even sadder. "Oh man, I loved "Sweet Child 'O Mine" - Appetite was the first album I bought on my own," or "Wow, they really sampled Dick Dale? Is that legal?"

The best thing was the group playing "Let's Get It Started" and not accidentally using the original "Let's Get Retarded" version. Seriously in this day and age who has the balls to release a big-budget song like that? Was 2003 that archaic?

"Where Is The Love" was the supposed to be the feel-good moment of the performance, but after the Barack Obama/Bill O'Reilly pre-game interview, it seemed like payback for whatever that mean old Fox News crank did to Barry.


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tune
tune

worst half time show ever.

GlenW
GlenW

Yeah, I knew it would be non-stop hate for BEP. Methinks their done.

Mbhumphrey1987
Mbhumphrey1987

Slash has one big relation to BEP. Fergie did a cover with him of Beautiful dangerous. Best work she's ever done. Other than that I completely agree with the article about bep. Probably the worst half time show I've ever seen.

Guest
Guest

Part of them sounding so horrible had to do with the new state of the art stadium. They are extremely talented performers that knew they would be heavily scrutinized after adding Fergie to their group. when they go home, wherever that is(a mansion, a spaceship), they say fuck the world, and probably take turns on their token white girl.

Seriously though, they sucked ever since they added Fergie, and the super bowl isn't the only place that they have been horrible at, Fuck Christina Aguileras gothic looking ass too.

Duce630
Duce630

Anyone else think Fergie looked rather heavy? Also, why do they sing "Let's get it started" in the middle of the set? Didn't they already get it started?

Ceebo
Ceebo

It would have been better if Fergie peed herself onstage like she did in San Diego a few years ago. Yall would have pulled your jimmies out fur dat

Ray
Ray

the only place i want to see any black eyed peas is in a pot being cooked for diner,,, the only answer is ,, they suck ,, the music was ok ,, but the singer should be hung and shot

Reubenonrye1
Reubenonrye1

Black Eyed Peas half time show sucked. I'm surprised the author of the article limited it to 4 reason. Your typical NFL fan does not want to hear that crap. Go with a classic band, not that excuse for music.

Concerned.
Concerned.

After reading these comments, I don't question why other countries make fun of Americans. Geezle people....get a complete thought.

Evan
Evan

Wait, I thought that was the cast to ReBoot.

Sloop
Sloop

WHAT TRASH you poor people listen to now a days.... Thank God I grew up during the BEST DAMN PERIOD OF ROCK AND ROLL!!! 60's, 70's 80's ROCK!!!! You have no clue what good tast is. How damn sad!!

Gary Packwood
Gary Packwood

Good Review

Trying to fill a football field with spectacular half-time entertainment is one thing but trying to fit all of that onto a TV screen is insane.

But it sure would have been fun to attending the planning meetings for that mess and listen to the technical people try and convince themselves how they were going to pull it off.

Dude, we can do this!

Not a problem!

Fuckyou
Fuckyou

Black Eyed Peas are why teen suicide is on the rise.

DAC
DAC

This "band" represents almost everything that is wrong with popular music today. Any fan of the band should feel ashamed after hearing what their heroes actually sound like without all the studio trickery.

And Slash should be shunned for life. Usher? meh...

Steve
Steve

Black Eyed Peas are horrible and Fergie can't sing. Worst Halftime Ever!!!!

matt
matt

the only way this would have been any weirder is if you were on drugs. I imagine it would have looked like tokyo meets las vegas meets tron meets acid

Marc Brubaker
Marc Brubaker

I want to see Lady Gaga & Usher do a combined halftime show. That would rule.

Ska
Ska

Some people are just haters and will never be happy with ANYTHING...If Jesus came down and did the halftime show someone would say THAT sucked...I dont even like BEP but yall are gettin downright predictable...

Jbones
Jbones

May be the worst half time show ive ever seen. I like some of the BEP songs but live, Oh my god they were brutal.

Angela
Angela

I totally agree with this, I kept on thinking what the hell is going on here to much going on...and I thought that one guy looked like a native as well LMAO...being I'm one.

John Seaborn Gray
John Seaborn Gray

I don't understand. The Black Eyed Peas are cool. Nothing about any of them is uncool. I would go see all of them live, even if they were performing solo. This is all in the eye of the beholder.

EDIT: Lulzing at people taking this comment seriously. Lulzing HARD.

Ricardo
Ricardo

LOL!!! You wrote, "Ursher"

JustMe#1
JustMe#1

What kind of person says what you just said??? We might want to be more worried about YOU!

JustMe#1
JustMe#1

What world or society are you living in? Who and What band does sound good live? Unless they are boring and just stand still.....

Dank Diggler
Dank Diggler

YALL? seriously??? p.s. half the people would not care about "jesus" as its not their religion. And what would he do?? sing? dance? perhaps a comedy routine? yeah if jesus did a half time show, you can guarantee that some people would say it sucked; even if he surprised everyone and was an amazing singer, some people would be like wow thats duchy.

Spencer
Spencer

Wow you've got awful taste. Brutal man. Also I was on a flight once with the "Fergie" thing. She stunk like mcdonalds or Burger king. It stunk up the whole plane. not a little ERJ, 737 or A320, but a freaking 767-300. i moved from 7th row to the 36th row, and it still stunk. ive had fast food before, but being stuck on a trans-Atlantic flight for 6 1/2 hours stunk. literally. No joke after 5 1/2 hours i went to lavatory, and saw several oxygen tanks/ w regs and masks. actually had steward give me one tank & mask to breathe from for the 1 hour duration. FERGIE=smells really nasty.

Kazoo_32
Kazoo_32

man your in a band?? you guys must suck if you think what the black eye peas performed yesterday was music there vocies sounded horrible like what the hell were you listening too!!

Davespires
Davespires

They're cool? Using autotune and FAILING while using it is cool?

You sir need to listen to real music.

Anonymous
Anonymous

hahha what a faggot you cant possibly tell me you like the peas with a straight face even after their worst performance of their lives at the super bowl half camon fag get a real taste in music please..

JustMe#1
JustMe#1

I find this story hard to believe... why would they be on a plane with YOU when they have their own personal planes, as well as your exaggeration through-out the whole story!! Hater!! LOL

april5k
april5k

Hey! The vocies in our band are far from horrible!

JustMe#1
JustMe#1

Obviously you don't know the real meaning of "The ARTS"!!! A performance is a performance not a studio recording, what do you expect of a group jumping around while singing and NOT lip sinking.... what performance do you know that sounds good live without the artist standing still or lip sinking?? You probably DON'T and you probably don't have any talent yourself, otherwise you would realize there is a difference between studio recording and an intertainment show!!! Ha Ha you wish you were the black eyed peas, cause its more awesome than being you calling people fags just cause they recognized the talent and creativity in the PERFORMANCE!!!!

JoGusto
JoGusto

stop with the faggot comments you anonymous coward.

mehe
mehe

 I'm there to listen to them sing. Not jump around like over dosed drunks. Mariah Carey. Nuff' said.

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