Well I admit to being a cynical old bastard who ceremoniously moans about all the boring, safe, predictable aspects of British media and British occasions.
A safe attitude of adorning our TV screens with celebrity chefs, long since redundant soap stars, clean cut ‘pop stars’ that your gran would like, and music so turgid that it’s ilk provides the bread and butter playlists of radio stations like Heart FM.
I was expecting the same of the London 2012 Olympics opening ceremony…. but Danny Boyle rose above the artificial and the superficial to provide a spectacle of outstanding Britishness. The opening ceremony was majestic, exililerating, eclectic, diverse and full of fun.
I loved the fact Boyle didn’t over simplify the spectacle, didn’t spell out the nuances. If you got it, you got it. If you didn’t, tough!
I’ve heard comments like “What was that all about?” and “What a load of bollocks!”. Predictably these comments tend to emanate from people who have not read a book since they left school, who are engrossed in all the cheap dirge on the telly, who cant be arsed to vote, who have no interest in the history of our country and have a greater knowledge of the exponents of celebrity culture than current events.
The soundtrack to these proceedings would have left the aforementioned Heart FM listeners bemused, and maybe confused, as to what they were hearing. The cool and initiated were left smiling that at last the soundtrack to their lives was getting an international showcase.
The media had wildly speculated as to which sporting celebrity would light the Olympic flame. Again, Boyle surprised, and potentially disappointed the media and their overblown infatuation with fame and celebrity, by employing seven young, virtually unknown athletes to perform the duties…and rightly so.
Well done Danny Boyle!
…OK, I’ll have one moan. Why not, I love a good moan. I wish the Queen would occasionally smile, occasionally look like she’s interested, occasionally show a miniscule level of emotion.
Surely her advisers could sort this out!
The London 2012 Olympic Games Opening Ceremony setlist was:
The Who, ‘Baba O’Riley’
Muse, ‘Map Of The Problematique’
Fuck Buttons, ‘Surf Solar’
Sex Pistols, ‘God Save The Queen’
The Clash, ‘London Calling’
Mike Oldfield, ‘Tubular Bells’
OMD, ‘Enola Gay’
The Jam, ‘Going Underground’
The Rolling Stones, ‘(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction’
The Beatles, ‘She Loves You’
Millie Small, ‘My Boy Lollipop’
Led Zeppelin, ‘Trampled Under Foot’
The Specials, ‘A Message To You Rudy’
David Bowie, ‘Starman’
Queen, ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’
Eric Clapton, ‘Wonderful Tonight’
Sex Pistols, ‘Pretty Vacant’
New Order, ‘Blue Monday’
Frankie Goes To Hollywood, ‘Relax’
Soul II Soul, ‘Back To Life’
Happy Mondays, Step On’
Eurythmics, Sweet Dreams Are Made Of This’
The Prodigy, ‘Firestarter’
Blur, ‘Song 2’
Underworld, ‘Born Slippy’
Dizzee Rascal, ‘Bonkers’
Amy Winehouse, ‘Valerie’
Tinie Tempah, ‘Pass Out’
David Holmes, ‘I Heard Wonders’
Arctic Monkeys, ‘I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor’
The Beatles, ‘Come Together’ (covered by Arctic Monkeys)
The Beatles, ‘The End’
The Beatles, ‘Hey Jude’