A Know-It-All’s Guide To the 2012 London Olympic Music

From NPR:

It’s important to be up on the latest. As in Olympics past, music will again play a significant role in this year’s proceedings. The age of instant gratification has caught up with the ancient games, as this year the music for both the opening and closing ceremonies will be released online promptly after each event. Thank goodness.

Filmmaker Danny Boyle (Trainspotting, Slumdog Millionaire), the artistic director of the opening ceremony, and the DJ duo known as Underworld designed and compiled a “soundtrack” for the opening ceremony. The Telegraph reports that Boyle’s 86-song playlist has been leaked.

Never mind that it reads like retro Britpop night at your local dance club, with songs like Frankie Goes To Hollywood’s “Relax,” New Order’s “Blue Monday” and Soul II Soul’s “Back to Life.” There are a number of surprising juxtapositions among the other British selections, including the Sex Pistols’ “God Save The Queen” (yes, she will be there), Elgar’s “Nimrod” and Mike Oldfield’s “Tubular Bells” (also known as the theme to The Exorcist).

The closing ceremony, backed by the excellent London Symphony Orchestra, presents a vaguely titled program called “A Symphony of British Music.” I haven’t seen that playlist, but something tells me that, alas, the classic Bugler’s Dream won’t be on it.

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