As soon as CBS announced that the Who would play the Super Bowl halftime show, I had one thought: if they don’t play all three “CSI” theme songs, then I’ve greatly overestimated CBS’s predictability. Well, chalk one up for CBS’s predictability, because the Who is gonna play all three “CSI” theme songs:
“We’re kinda doing a mashup of stuff,” [Pete Townsend] tells Billboard. “A bit of ‘Baba O’Riley’ [CSI: NY], a bit of ‘Pinball Wizard,’ a bit of the close of ‘Tommy,’ a bit of ‘Who Are You,’ [CSI] and a bit of ‘Won’t Get Fooled Again’ [CSI: Miami]. It works — it’s quite a saga. A lot of the stuff that we do has that kind of celebratory vibe about it — we’ve always tried to make music that allows the audience to go a bit wild if they want to. Hopefully it will hit the spot.”
Surprised by the inclusion of “Pinball Wizard”? You shouldn’t be. CBS is working on “CSI: Special Needs Unit” with “Pinball Wizard” as the theme. “That deaf, dumb and blind kid/Sure. Solves. A mean. Mur-der!” Dun-dun. Dun. Dun! DUN!