January 30, 2013

Forget Beyonce. It will be Bob Dylan entertaining us at Super Bowl half-time.

That's what Tim Heidecker says:
[Dylan] is replacing Beyonce who dropped out after her inauguration lip synching scandal.

“Running Out The Clock” is a previously unreleased song from Dylan’s 1983 “Infidels” album. I guess it makes sense… the football metaphors and references.
Song audio at the link. I find this a tad hard to believe. I love old Bob, but I don't picture him in this setting, and I can't imagine Beyonce is so easily embarrassed.

ADDED: The "Infidels" album has a song with the phrase "running out the clock" in it. It's called "Neighborhood Bully," and whatever they tell you about violence in football, it's not about football. It's about Israel. Lyrics here. Audio. Buy it here.

57 comments:

BDNYC said...

His music is soporific and thus completely unsuited to Super Sunday. Is halftime for quiet meditation? After a few beers and some potato skins and chicken wings, I might just take a nap.

mccullough said...

I was tuning into halftime to check out Beyonce's ass.

whoresoftheinternet said...

File this under: shit-we-don't-care-about.com

Nonapod said...

I have this image of Dylan surrounded by nubile dancers and as a pyrotechnic display goes off just as Nicki Minaj walks on the stage rapping.

Patrick said...

That halftime show has been the least interesting part of the day for a long time, and that includes the blowout games from 15 - 20 years ago.

No chance in hell that Dylan does the Superbowl.

mccullough said...

I love Bob Dylan, but this is a horrible decision.

I pray he lip-synches.

Lem said...

I don't believe it for a minute.

Shouting Thomas said...

Dylan's voice is completely shot. Nothing left.

Saul said...

Dylan even can't stand listening to his own voice anymore.

Steve Koch said...

I hope Beyonce performs at the super bowl, not Bob Dylan.

rhhardin said...

That's a nice piece. The secret is that the instruments have to be in tune.

The voice is allowed speaking space.

Kelly said...

Hopefully he'll sing something from his Christmas album.

MadisonMan said...

@mccullough, now you can check out Dylan's ass.

furious_a said...

I heard something worse this week: a Disney boy-band doing a cover of "My Generation".

I threw up a little in my mouth.

mccullough said...

I hope he plays Jokerman

Calypso Facto said...

Any wardrobe malfunction would be phenomonally less entertaining

Sorun said...

Everyone quiet down so I can hear what the hell he's saying.

Lem said...

He hasn't been himself since he had to put down his harmonica.

Mark said...

That is a great album, Mark Knofler on guitar.

My band covered it start to finish for one set last November. Jokerman, Sweetheart Like You ... Great stuff.

SteveR said...

Based on my not that long ago experience with Bob Dylan in concert, I have come up with a game. After his set, four or five songs, they will broadcast a website where you can submit your guesses at what songs you think he sang. The first person to submit the correct answers wins a trip to next year's Superbowl (woo wee The Meadowlands).

Bob Ellison said...

The NFL was planning on having Quiet Riot perform "Bang Your Head", but that turned out to be impolitic.

madAsHell said...

Dylan Schmylan.

It's going to be Pussy Riot!!

Hagar said...

Why don't they just play a recording of Kate Smith?

kentuckyliz said...

The Mitches are laughing.

ndspinelli said...

Althouse will have a stroke when the general public, used to singers who actually can sing, rip her hero a new asshole. There's going to be blood in the water. He's going to make the Who's performance look good. Maybe Dylan will have a wardrobe malfunction and flash his johnson.

phx said...

Bob Dylan is most certainly not playing the Superbowl.

phx said...

Who fell for this?

traditionalguy said...

Bob can always sing "You've got to Serve Somebody" and "In the garden" from his Christian gospel songs album. That should get Ray Lewis and the Wisconsin native Kaepernick praising God. Those two NFL stars are out Tebowing Tebow in public statements of faith and in tattoos.

Shouting Thomas said...

I think that Tim Tebow should sing in front of a rock band at halftime.

joe said...

I dreamed I saw St. Augustine at the Super Bowl, and Althaus had put him out to death.


Actually, it will be Paul Simon singing Me and Julio Down By Abduction Cafe.



Goodbye to Annie, the queen of Corona
See you, me and Julio down by Abduction Cafe
See you, me and Julio down by Abduction Cafe.


I wonder at what age/aware Althouse figured out what a Corona was?

edutcher said...

We don't get to see Bouncy have a wardrobe malfunction because she's ashamed?

A lot of guys will be throwing the case of Budweiser through the window and taking the pledge when they hear Mr Zimmerman do "Puff".

carrie said...

I just can't imagine this working out very well!

carrie said...

I just can't imagine this working out very well!

jr565 said...

But Dylan is one I'd rather lip synched than sing live.

jr565 said...

If beyonce is going to lip synch can we at least get a wardrobe malfuction out of the deal? One that shows her coochie?

Crunchy Frog said...

The Who been bringing it for 50 years. Going to see them tonight.

Schizophrenic? I'm Quadrophenic!

mccullough said...

Cruncy Frog,

I thought they were called the Who's Left these days.

chickelit said...

Well he won't sing "Tempest," his song about the Titanic, because that would go into overtime.

Kit said...

jr565, that's what my husband just said when I told him...odd.

chickelit said...

I'd like to see Dick Dale play Amazing Grace at a halftime show.

Shouting Thomas said...

I'd like to see Dick Dale play anything, especially with Stevie Ray Vaughan.

Baron Zemo said...

If they weren't homomphobes they would have Jim Nabors play with Dick Dale.

Wait. That didn't come out right.

KLDAVIS said...

I think Althouse just got Rango'd.

KLDAVIS said...

I think Althouse just got Rango'd.

bardseyeview said...

Her agent may have told that there's a real chance of her getting booed.

Ann Althouse said...

Ha ha ha.

Ctmom4 said...

@ Kentucky Liz - Lol! Did you hear anything about Queen B dropping out of the Eastwood remake of " A Star is Born" after the Eastwood convention appearance? It got very little attention. Beyonce is a dumbass.

traditionalguy said...

Thanks for the link to The Neighborhood Bully. I wonder how much Althouse makes off my 99c cents for an MP3 of that great song.

Mr. Apropos said...

I think everyone can admit they should replace her with Weird Al as soon as possible. He doesn't lip sync, everyone loves at least 2-3 of his songs, kids and adults will know all the words, and the show will be family friendly. Draft Weird Al!!!1!

Icepick said...

He's going to make the Who's performance look good.

That's gonna leave a mark.

Mark Daniels said...

'Infidels' is one of my favorite Dylan albums. And of he performed 'Neighborhood Bullies,' it would probably cause controversy.

Like Althouse, I can't imagine Dylan playing the Super Bowl.

But then, I only watch those portions of the Super Bowl I have to watch to be sure of seeing the halftime acts. That has numbered three: McCartney, U2, and Tom Petty.

I probably wouldn't watch if Beyonce were the halftime entertainment because I don't really care for her music. I probably wouldn't watch Dylan because I do care for his music.

Mark Daniels said...

I know that those last two sentences were incredibly snarky. Sorry.

chickelit said...

I probably wouldn't watch Dylan because I do care for his music.

Mark, I saw him just a few months ago at the Hollywood Bowl. He's still fun to watch, prancing around the stage. He's still sprightly, too. And you could just turn down the sound down.

Sam L. said...

Bob nailed it on that song.

MPH said...

Come on -- Tim Heidecker has a tradition of creating fake songs for each year's Super Bowl!

Last year's was hilarious (and much more obviously fake):

Madonna’s Super Bowl Song Leaked.
http://timheidecker.com/post/16770813076/madonnas-super-bowl-song-leaked

MPH said...

http://timheidecker.com/post/16770813076/madonnas-super-bowl-song-leaked

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