6 Very Weird Super Bowl Halftime Performances

by Daniela Cabrera

The time is almost nigh for Katy Perry to take the stage for her sure to be epic Super Bowl halftime show and she's been teasing us in her typical Katy Perry fashion: by being super silly. We have already seen her football-inspired pedicure she posted on Instagram and the hilarious "leaked" song she posted with halftime co-star Lenny Kravitz, so it's safe to say that something really quirky, eclectic, and possibly bizarre is going to happen on Feb. 1. Where Katy Perry's performance will land amongst the other performances in the Super Bowl's history still remains to be seen. There have already been quite a few weird and crazy Super Bowl halftime shows, and I have a feeling hers might land on that list.

At least style-wise, Perry has enlisted Jeremy Scott to costume her for the event, and if her or Miley Cyrus' past tour outfits have shown us anything, it's that you can expect to be shocked. Plus, Perry usually gets people talking at her awards shows performances. And isn't that what the people we want? We want theatrics, surprises, and some weirdness, so let's take a stroll down memory lane into some of the Super Bowl halftime shows that left us all a little dumbfounded.

Indiana Jones & The Temple Of The Forbidden Eye

Listen, I love all of the Indiana Jones movies but I consider myself lucky to not remember the travesty that was the 1995 halftime show. Indiana Jones and the Temple of the Forbidden Eye was the latest attraction at Disneyland in California, and what better way to promote it than with Patti LaBelle, Tony Bennett, and the Miami Sound Machine performing at the Super Bowl? Besides being a super random grouping of people, this line-up was a little more cruise ship revue than Super Bowl halftime show.

Christina Aguilera, Enrique Iglesias & Edward James Olmos

I guess there was a time when Disney had claim to halftime shows, because the 2000 edition also suffered from the same cheese and random factor as the Indiana Jones debacle. The show opened up with Mulan-era Christina Aguilera looking innocent and singing a duet with Enrique Iglesias. The song they sang, "Celebrate the Music," was painfully bad and to make matters worse, they brought out actor Edward James Olmos to randomly narrate between songs. Did the Latino quota need to be met?

New Kids On The Block

In 1991, New Kids on the Block awkwardly lip-synched their way onto the middle of the football field, surrounded by throngs of brightly dressed children. Does that sound weird or creepy to you? Well, it kind of was. It might have been better if they weren't such suggestive lyrics that segued into a cheesy rendition of "It's A Small World." Ahh, Disney was at it again!

Elvis Presto

There was once a time when anything 3D was super cool and innovative so, of course, it seemed like a brilliant idea to have millions of football fans anxiously seated at their television screens wearing cardboard glasses. Actually, that is not even half of the weirdness. Someone said yes to an Elvis Prestley impersonator, Elvis Presto, doing 3D magic tricks on live television. You didn't even need an acid trip to bring that amount of crazy.

Up With People

The times were so innocent in 1976. In a performance titled “A Tribute to America’s Bicentennial: 200 Years and Just a Baby,” educational performance troupe (?) Up With People had their first of four Super Bowl appearances. The bad thing was the music, the dancing, and the hideous pastel outfits. And I guess the good thing was that the band had performers from all over the world and didn't make any more Super Bowl shows after 1991.

Black Eyed Peas

Remember when we couldn't get away from the Black Eyed Peas? They were one of pop's most insistent groups of the '00s and people really, really loved them... I guess. The theme for the 2011 halftime show was Tron: Legacy so there were all sorts of lit-up outfits and stage shenanigans that should have been good, but it. really wasn't. The show has become infamous for being one of the most hated halftime shows in history. Daft Punk did Tron: Legacy soundtrack — didn't we deserve them?

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