I was going to live blog this tonight, but my mind is spinning with the awesomeness, and the NBC rebroadcast is sending me into fits of rage like one of Danny Boyle's zombies. Looking at my facebook and Twitter feed, I'm seeing creative uses of the words fuck, Matt, Lauer, Meredith, Vieira. It's truly stupid for NBC that they are putting commercial breaks in. Cutting off Arctic Monkeys will not be tolerated. BBC didn't have breaks at all.
I'm on my third go around, starting with BBC's pirated broadcast stream. I love the spectacle, the risk taking and the outrageousness. It's like an opening ceremony created by a bunch of 16-year old nerds hopped up on Mountain Dew. "Let's get James Bond to get the queen to jump out of a helicopter. Then, we'll have Voldemort battle Mary Poppins on the Hobbit set."
You know if this was in America, it would be directed by Michael Bay and have Justin Bieber rapping a remixed version of "Born in the U.S.A." Luckily, the British got Oscar-winner Danny Boyle, who should get a Noble Peace prize when the lights are turned off. It was a ceremony so crazy that it worked. I would love to see a documentary about the creation and his thinking. A quick sidenote on Boyle, for a small stretch he was striking out. After Trainspotting, A Life Less Ordinary, The Beach, Vacuuming Completely Nude in Paradise and Sunshine all bombed. He reinvented the zombie picture with 28 Days Later, then struck gold with Slumdog Millionaire. Now, with these ceremonies, he's one of the greats. Bravo.
Here are the Top 5 musical moment. A No. 6 would be the whole Chariots of Fire theme with Mr. Bean.
5. Parade of Nations Scored to Underworld -- Boyle makes no qualms about his love for Underworld. The British dance collective have been a part of most of films. Obviously, Born Slippy in Trainspotting is one of the great cinematic musical moments of our generation. You heard a medley of tunes from the legendary British band U2 (ahem), but Rez from Underworld was so choice. It's one of my favorite Underworld songs. It reminded me of the times I had seen them live, and it was indeed a euphoria experience.
- Underworld @ Central Park Summer Stage
4. Firestarter -- Bake sale! Bake sale! Having the Prodigy's "Firestarter" as part of the music melody shows the innovative and rebellious nature of this ceremony. As I said before, this could never have happen in America. You would be seeing Black Eyed Peas doing some shit. Plus, Firestarter is an awesome song. When I saw them live, it was pretty crazy.
3. Arctic Monkeys -- I've fallen out of flavour with Arctic Monkeys. I've just think they've played it safe the past few albums. I do think Alex Turner is an emence talent and his songwriting has gotten stronger. Musically, I think their stuck. I finally saw Submarine the other day and his songs were beautiful. I also hope he does another Last Shadow Puppets album with Miles Kane. You remember back when they broke out? They were so hyped early on. Those first NYC shows will always be in my mind -- the energy and all the famous people there. Anyway, they literally set the place on fire with "I Bet You Look Good On the Dance Floor" and covered "Come Together" as people on wings on bicycle flew through the air.
2. Dizzee Rascal closing the history of British Music - Oyeeeee. Massive. Massive. Respect. Booyakasha. My friend, put out another album. You are needed. That whole think with Frankie, the hot chick, the guy who invented the internet not named Al Gore and the melody of the Jam, The Kinks, Zepplin, Blur and all the greats was insane.
1. David Bowie/Chemical Brothers Introducing England Athletes -- I tend to be a cynical guy who quietly hates most things in life. Hearing Bowie' "Heroes" as the British team walks out gave me chills. My whole body was tingling, and it could be from the Brooklyn Brewery No. 1 ale, but I was transfixed. Then the Chemical Brothers with Q-Tip's "Galvanize" was interjected and the party started.