If you’re coming to us from the U.K., you can watch the ceremony on BBC iPlayer right here. If not well… there are other options.
The Guardian brings the news that the opening ceremony compilation album has sold more than 10,000 in two days:
The release, which is also No 2 on Amazon’s bestselling downloads list, includes music featured in Danny Boyle’s opening ceremony to the Games, with tracks from Dizzee Rascal, Emeli Sandé, Underworld, David Bowie and the Chemical Brothers.
Also from the Guardian, Chinese artist and dissident Ai Weiwei reviewed the ceremony
Brilliant. It was very, very well done. This was about Great Britain; it didn’t pretend it was trying to have global appeal. Because Great Britain has self-confidence, it doesn’t need a monumental Olympics. But for China that was the only imaginable kind of international event. Beijing’s Olympics were very grand – they were trying to throw a party for the world, but the hosts didn’t enjoy it. The government didn’t care about people’s feelings because it was trying to create an image.
NME has a nice little photo gallery:
One writer wonders: was it the most punk rock thing ever?:
Good work Danny – this was the punk rock moment of the decade.
Rolling Stone was there:
Earlier, Arctic Monkeys performed a frantic version of their 2005 hit “I Bet You Look Good on the Dancefloor,” accompanied by a stunning fireworks show. The Sheffield band followed that with a more mellow rendition of The Beatles’ “Come Together” as men on bikes cycled around the stadium sporting huge neon dove wings.
But even an off-the-wall moment like that was overshadowed by the show’s main talking point: a pre-recorded short film featuring actor Daniel Craig, as James Bond, and Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II that saw the unlikely duo apparently parachuting from a helicopter into the Olympic Stadium.
The Quietus points to a contest where you can win a limited set of Fuck Buttons’ Olympic recordings.
Also Fuck Buttons related, Gigwise spoke to them:
Clearly, this is the biggest stage that F*ck Buttons music has been played on. What was the previous biggest do you think?
Well, the biggest gig we’ve ever played was at Primavera in 2009 which was about 15,000 people. I heard the viewing figures for Friday night were about one billion. A good friend of ours named John Hopkins programmes the music in between Coldplay gigs and I know he’s played some of our music at their stadium gigs.
Pitchfork rounded up all the music involvement at the show:
Opening Cermony music directors Underworld contributed original music, and the soundtrack also featured songs from iconic British artists the Who, the Sex Pistols, the Clash, the Rolling Stones, OMD, the Jam, David Bowie, Queen, New Order, Happy Mondays, the Prodigy, Amy Winehouse, and more.
And Fuck Buttons. Because why not.
Live performers included Paul McCartney, Dizzee Rascal, Frank Turner, Mike Oldfield, Emeli Sandé, Two Door Cinema Club’s Alex Trimble, and Arctic Monkeys.