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Fuck Buttons Played In Olympic Opening Ceremony
John Doran , July 27th, 2012 18:49

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As you may well have heard by now, transcendental noisegaze artists Fuck Buttons were played during the Olympic Opening Ceremony tonight.

The ATP signed future trance duo had the track 'Surf Solar' played as bed music at the start of the event. Later, and less surprisingly, a new remix of 'Olympians' was used during the athlete's parade.

The event was simultaneously broadcast live to over one billion people worldwide which is said to be even more than a capacity crowd at the Pavilion Stage, Butlins, Minehead.

Also played no less than three times (along with a version recorded by the London Symphony Orchestra at Abbey Road Studios) was 'Sundowner' by Blanck Mass, the electronic side project of Fuck Button, Ben Power.

While the Quietus take a pretty dim view of the Olympics overall, we're really glad to see some musical good come out of it. Nice work Andrew and Ben.

Kalvin
Jul 28, 2012 2:08pm

"While the Quietus take a pretty dim view of the Olympics overall"

Do you? Go on then, why?

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Reggie P
Jul 28, 2012 4:55pm

What a fantastic news item.

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aaron.
Jul 28, 2012 6:20pm

Pretty much the first thing I heard when the broadcast came on... quite sure it was one of the first pieces of music to be played as part of the opening ceremony. Excitement was palpable. To be fair it segued soon after into some Muse, so swings and roundabouts, really...

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Tom
Jul 29, 2012 4:01am

In reply to Kalvin:

I wonder whether the Quietus has considered the considerable amount of arts projects that simply wouldn't have been possible without the Olympics and subsequent funding awards before making such rash, naive and ignorant statements such as 'While the Quietus take a pretty time view of the Olympics overall'.

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Bewarethemoon
Jul 29, 2012 8:42am

Considering the opening ceremony is usually a jingoistic, tourist postcard view of said host nation, I thought Danny Boyle did a fantastic job of creating something pretty unique, heartfelt and visually stunning at times.
No, you can't please all the people, but including Fuck Buttons, Blanck Mass etc and having Arctic Monkey's and Paul McCartney on the bill just showed how inclusive the whole show was.

No surprise that a tory MP tweeted about it being "multicultural crap" a ringing endorsement for Danny Boyle and Underworld I'd say!

Even if we don't win a load of medals, the opening ceremony and the Cauldron were artistic triumphs.

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John Doran
Jul 29, 2012 10:02am

In reply to Tom:

Like what? Some graffiti projects in Hackney Wick? Oh do fuck off.

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Reggie P
Jul 29, 2012 11:36am

In reply to John Doran:

Don't hold back, John. Your subtle prose will be the un-doing of you! Didn't you agree with Tom?

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John Doran
Jul 29, 2012 12:38pm

In reply to Reggie P:

I just hate the way that it's suddenly become verboten amongst the chattering classes to in anyway attack the Olympics. Like I somehow have to pay for their guilt in taking part in or endorsing an event that is obviously a colossal waste of money that could have been spent better elsewhere.

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Reggie P
Jul 29, 2012 2:07pm

In reply to John Doran:

Agreed. The crass comercialisatuon of it is of course disgusting. People from both camps - for and against - are forgetting what it's really about: sports. I enjoyed Team GB's Women's football yesterday. What a talent the brilliantly named Jill Scott is. It's good to bring to a wider audience that kind of thing. The legacy needs to be about promoting the positive traits of sports at a local, community level. Nevermind Coca Cola, Samsung and Lloyds TSB....isn't there a Manics lyric in there?

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