Posted in music on July 28, 2012

by Bill Pearis

Arctic Monkeys at 2012 London Olympics Opening Ceremony

The 2012 London Olympics are underway, with the wildly ambitious spectacle of the Opening Ceremonies happened last night (7/27), as directed by Danny Boyle, the man who gave us Trainspotting, 28 Days Later and Slumdog Millionaire. And while you can argue whether or not it was successful, epic, dazzling or dumb, you gotta give it up to Boyle for providing what will probably be the best soundtrack an Olympic Opening Ceremony will ever have.

In addition to performers Paul McCartney, The Arctic Monkeys, Dizzee Rascal and Underworld (with help from Two Door Cinema Club's Alex Trimble), the spectacle featured songs by The Who, The Kinks, Mud, The Rolling Stones, The Sex Pistols' "God Save the Queen" (and the Queen was there!), Prodigy, Blur, The Chemical Brothers, Kaiser Chiefs, The Jam, The Specials, Bowie, Happy Mondays,Radiohead, The Verve, and the torch lighting set to Pink Floyd's "Eclipse." It's hard to imagine an American Olympics (certainly not a Mitt Romney-produced one) having the U.S. equivelents of those used.

Check out the entire 2012 London Olympics Opening Ceremony soundtrack below.


2012 London Olympics Opening Ceremony Soundtrack (via)
Captain Algernon Drummond, William Johnson Cory - Eton Boating Song
Elgar, AC Benson - Land of Hope and Glory
The Jam - Going Underground
Muse - Map of the Problematique
Big Ben Chimes
Sex Pistols - God Save the Queen
The Clash - London Calling
Simon May - EastEnders Theme
The Shipping Forecast
Sir Hubert Parry, William Blake - Jerusalem
Elgar - Nimrod
Handel - Arrival of the Queen of Sheba
Eric Coates - Dambusters March
Handel - Music for the Royal Fireworks
Monty Norman - James Bond Theme
Mike Oldfield - Tubular Bells
Mike Oldfield - In Dulci Jubilo
Vangelis - Chariots of Fire
BBC News 1954
Arthur Wood - The Archers Theme
Winifred Atwell - Black and White Rag
Sugababes - Push the Button
OMD - Enola Gay
David Rose - The Stripper
Lionel Bart - Food Glorious Food
Irwin Kostal, Richard Sherman, Robert Sherman - Bedknobs and Broomsticks
Rizzle Kicks - When I Was a Youngster
Eric Clapton - Wonderful Tonight
Colin Tully - Gregorys Girl Theme
William Pitt - City Lights
The Who - My Generation
The Rolling Stones - Satisfaction
Millie Small - My Boy Lollipop
The Kinks - All Day and All of the Night
The Beatles - She Loves You
Mud - Tiger Feet
Led Zeppelin - Trampled Under Foot
The Specials - A Message to You Rudy
David Bowie - Starman
Queen - Bohemian Rhapsody
Sex Pistols - Pretty Vacant
Duran Duran - The Reflex
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 Verve - Bittersweet Symphony
Prodigy - Firestarter
Underworld - Born Slippy
Jaan Kenbrovin, John William Kellette - Im Forever Blowing Bubbles
Blur - Song 2
Dizzee Rascal - Bonkers
Tigerstyle - Nacnha Onda Nei (contains Michael Jackson - Billie Jean, Queen & David Bowie - Under Pressure and Ilaiyaraaja - Naanthaan Ungappanda)
Arctic Monkeys - I Bet You Look Good on the Dancefloor
Mark Ronson & Amy Winehouse - Valerie
Radiohead - Creep
Muse - Uprising
Kano & Mikey J - Random Antics
Tinie Tempah - Pass Out
MIA - Paper Planes
Coldplay - Viva La Vida
The Chemical Brothers - Galvanize
Franz Ferdinand - Take Me Out
Kaiser Chiefs - I Predict a Riot
Roll Deep - Shake a Leg
Adele - Rolling in the Deep
Oasis - The Hindu Times
Oasis - Wonderwall
Emeli Sande - Heaven
William Monk/Henry Francis - Abide With Me
Pink Floyd - Eclipse
The Beatles - The End
The Beatles - Hey Jude
David Bowie - Heroes
Eric Spear - Coronation Street Theme
Ron Grainer - Doctor Who Theme
John Philip Sousa - Monty Python Theme/The Liberty Bell
David Bowie - Absolute Beginners



Comments (39)

They used Pretty Vacant by the Pistols. They would never. Have the balls to use God Save The Queen.

Posted by Anonymous | July 28, 2012 3:22 PM

No Sabbath? No Napalm?

Posted by Anonymous | July 28, 2012 3:24 PM

They used "God Save the Queen" in the opening filmed segment. Just a snippet.

Posted by Anonymous | July 28, 2012 3:25 PM

We also had 3 songs by Fuck Buttons/Blanck Mass.

Posted by Anonymous | July 28, 2012 3:43 PM

Dizzee Rascal actually performed...

Posted by Anonymous | July 28, 2012 4:05 PM

I also heard God save the Queen, but just those words...

Posted by Anonymous | July 28, 2012 4:09 PM

That was completely bonkers. Loved every minute of it

Posted by Anonymous | July 28, 2012 4:24 PM

creep again? fucking idiots , they should be use Paranoid Android or Idioteque

Posted by josec | July 28, 2012 4:56 PM

You have failed to mention Mike Oldfield And his Tubulat Bells, but you probably don't know who he is And what a big Deal it was to see him play there.

Posted by ME | July 28, 2012 5:02 PM

a discursive mess with brushes of extreme lameness and creepyness.

Posted by Anonymous | July 28, 2012 6:39 PM

That there, that is a TYPICAL setlist from the iPods! That is what made them so great.

RIP iPods! iPods 4-evah!

Posted by Anonymous | July 28, 2012 6:54 PM

The Brits are so hip.

Posted by Anonymous | July 28, 2012 7:38 PM

goddamn hippies

Posted by Bendrix | July 28, 2012 8:00 PM

And in the end
You wake and bake
And flame on BV
You fake!

Posted by Anonymous | July 28, 2012 8:04 PM

I've gotta...gotta...gotta admit I laughed at 6:54!

Posted by Anonymous | July 28, 2012 8:11 PM

It's unbelievable that NBC cut Arctic Monkeys' first song out completely and let Matt Lauer and Bob Costas talk during their "Come Together" cover.

Posted by Anonymous | July 28, 2012 8:55 PM

no smiths was a snub. playing "west end girls" as china came out was genius

Posted by Anonymous | July 29, 2012 12:43 AM

I'm not saying that all blacks are obese, but the ones that are ...... DAAAAAMN!


Posted by Anonymous | July 29, 2012 12:54 AM

The Chinese Olympic display was better

Posted by Anonymous | July 29, 2012 2:06 AM

That is a typical setlist from the iPods...

Posted by Anonymous | July 29, 2012 5:51 AM

I hear ya 6:54

Posted by Anonymous | July 29, 2012 8:24 AM

but where are the women?

Posted by Rihanna | July 29, 2012 10:56 AM

Nothing beats when bjork performed at the Olympics

Posted by Anonymous | July 29, 2012 11:26 AM

LOL at 6:54, 5:51.

Posted by Anonymous | July 29, 2012 1:34 PM

TALPA *soul*claps* TALPA *soul*claps*TALPA *soul*claps*TALPA *soul*claps*TALPA *soul*claps*TALPA *soul*claps*TALPA

Posted by Anonymous | July 29, 2012 1:37 PM

I once used an umbrella as a pole-volt thing to hop over a rather nasty puddle... It was truly Olympic worthy.

Posted by Anonymous | July 29, 2012 2:42 PM

Haha 2:42, 6:54, 5:51.

Posted by Anonymous | July 29, 2012 3:11 PM

^ dumb as fuck right there. yup, same dumb fuck.

Posted by Anonymous | July 29, 2012 3:30 PM

Embarrassed to admit I laughed at 6:54...

Posted by Anonymous | July 29, 2012 5:07 PM

Elisabeth Kübler-Ross reported that denial is the first stage in grieving, so I can understand some not being able to face the breaking apart of the iPods. But sooner or later kids, you're gonna have to move on to the other stages and accept the facts.

RIP iPods! iPods 4-evah!

Posted by Anonymous | July 29, 2012 5:27 PM

learn how to spell "arctic" you cunts

Posted by Anonymous | July 29, 2012 8:52 PM

London Calling- how original.

Posted by Anonymous | July 30, 2012 10:03 AM

i think romney is a total douche, but if you think he was a "producer" of the Salt Lake Olympics the way Boyle was for London, then you have no idea what a "producer" does. schmuck.

Posted by Anonymous | July 30, 2012 11:31 AM

No Rolling Stones, Pink Floyd or the Who?? C'mon!

Posted by Anonymous | July 30, 2012 3:27 PM

In reply to the poster who said it was a shame that NBC talked all over Arctic Monkeys - I agree.
I thought it was an even bigger shame that NBC cut the tribute to the victims of the 7/7 terrorist attacks so that they could cut to an interview with Phelps.
For those who are unaware, the day after London was awarded the games suicide bombers blew themselves up on the London underground, killing and maiming scores of people.
There were a lot of stories from survivors,victims families that said that usually they would've taken an earlier train to avoid the crush at peak time but due to celebrating the games the night before they had a lie in and caught a later train, ie,one that blew up.
All broadcasters were given information sheets about the opening ceremony,what was happening,what it represented,etc but presumably NBC thought a light hearted talk to Phelps more interesting to the American audience.
Still, at least we got to hear the hilarious comedy stylings of Ryan Seacrest.

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