The Dream of the '90s Is Alive in London!: The Olympics 2012 Closing Ceremony (PHOTO RECAP)

A few weeks ago when we all got together to ask ourselves WHAT ON EARTH that opening ceremony was all about, I had no idea the discussion would basically turn into THE REVOLUTIONARY WAR PART TWO. It seemed a handful of our (awesome!) British readership found my photo recap to be some kind of damning indictment of the American mind? First of all, what's British for RELAX? It was all in good fun, guys. The fact is, regardless of which country hosted, that was not a very good Olympics opening ceremony. It wasn't. It was a mess! But I will be the first to tell you that if AMERICA had hosted it, it would've been at least as much of a tacky nightmare, maybe even more so. Instead of Danny Boyle as artistic director, we'd probably have Terry Perry. The main act would involve Justin Bieber and, I don't know, Skrillex, up on stage just making us a laughingstock. (Lest we forget, our Atlanta opening ceremony involved pickup trucks). So it would've been totally fair for our foreign friends to give us a big ribbing over it! You know? We ALL have pop-culture shortcomings. It's just that Great Britain's involve inflatable Voldemorts.

ANYWAY, if anyone is even able to READ this through their bleary, tear-filled eyes due to the Olympics being over (sloppy sigh), this here is a round-up of what went down in Sunday night's CLOSING ceremony. I'm going to keep this super short, because (1) the ceremony wasn't nearly as weird or baffling, and (2) I basically LOVED it. Seriously, I loved so much about it. Total success in my book. Still weird and expensive and LOOONG, but the closing ceremonies as a rule are generally just big parties for the athletes. Whereas the opening ceremony is more like, "Hey world, check out our culture!" the closing ceremony is more like, "Great job, you Greek Gods made mortal. Let's dance!" So really, any time the camera cut away to a smiling and/or dancing athlete in the audience, it was evidence that the organizers DID THEIR JOBS. Good times!

First, the Scottish Mary J. Blige came out and sang while standing on a garbage truck, a truck made of garbage.

As it turned out, it was actually just newspaper! The whole town was covered in it! But instead of salacious tabloid journalism, the newsprint was actually classic literature. Anyway, the whole scene became some kind of tribute to London turnabouts and traffic jams. I truly didn't know how they'd top the fun times of the Industrial Revolution, but here we were!

Then Winston Churchill popped out of Big Ben and started shouting at everybody.

Then these two guys showed up for eight seconds dressed as old-school Batman and Robin. I'm pretty sure British viewers were thrilled to their very essences by these guys' arrival because they're probably famous there? I'm hoping that's the case, at least. For American viewers, this would've been like if the cast of The Big Bang Theory fell out of an ice cream truck or something. Imagine how awestruck you'd be!

Then Madness came out and sang "Our House," which is one of the greatest songs of all time, for real. All of the covered big rigs unfolded into color-coded tea parties and everything became this big block party. Seriously fun.

Then this happened. Still not sure why.

A super classy marching band played Blur's "Park Life" and everyone sang along. I guess at the same time Blur was off playing a farewell show in Hyde Park, which didn't seem like very good scheduling if you ask me.

For my money, one of the best things of the whole evening was the Pet Shop Boys, who came out with their army of pyramid-heads and sang "West End Girls" while dressed as goth dunces and standing on bicycle rickshaws. That sounds mean, but I loved it so much! The design, the audacity, it was all just amazing. At this point the ceremony was already starting to put The Hunger Games' Capitol to shame.

Then One Direction came out on their float (seriously, this was the world's most expensive high school Homecoming parade) and one billion pre-teens all experienced sexual awakenings? I don't know. But I will say this: I've heard this song hundreds of times (usually in grocery stores) and I don't hate it yet. What does this mean??

Haha, Stomp. Oh Lord, Stomp. Must you?

Although, it's hard not to appreciate a musical group that incorporates sweeping the stage into the act. That's just efficient!

So, you have to be some kind of villain to not find the blended parade of athletes to be straight-up powerful. They all walked out together!

Sure, not all of them had medals, but it appeared that ALL of them were stoked anyway. Wouldn't you be?

TOM DALEY and FRIEND sure were!

Was there ever at time when "Imagine" wasn't a meaningless cliché? (Not saying *I* think that! Asking for a friend!)

The enormous sculpture of John Lennon's face crumbling like it was being disassembled by army ants was probably the scariest image of the ceremony. Question: Is that really the best imagery you'd want to associate with an artist that you're trying to HONOR?

Then George Michael came out and sang "Freedom '90." It's his best song, sure, but unfortunately it's been kind of ruined Stateside by being featured in a series of ubiquitous credit card commercials. I don't know, it just really bummed me out that I couldn't even hear the song without thinking of zero-percent interest rates or whatever. So I'm just gonna use some revisionist history magic and declare that George Michael came out and sang "Too Funky" and absolutely killed it!

The lead singer of the Kaiser Chiefs was brought out in a manner that probably most rock stars dream of? VERY badass.

Then, in a weird tribute to David Bowie AND fashion, eight trailers rolled out featuring billboard images of famous British fashion models. And THEN, not unlike presents being unwrapped, the images fell away to reveal the ACTUAL models chillin' inside!

America's Dreamboat Boyfriend™ Nathan Adrian had the best reaction to the Kate Moss reveal:

Honestly, this .GIF basically sums up the whole night. Silly, fun, colorful, confusing, just-going-with-it-anyway.

After all the famous supermodels turned the Union Jack into a huge runway before striking a pose in the middle, it became fairly shocking to me that this wasn't somehow blended together with the George Michael segment. WHO overlooked this? In fact, I remember when he was singing "Freedom '90" how weird it was that Naomi Campbell hadn't walked out. She's British! I just can't believe this was overlooked. It's all a big mystery.

What do you think, Nathan Adrian?

"YES WE WILL marry you!" —America

Aside from the Pet Shop Boys, Annie Lennox MIIIIIGHT'VE been the best part of the whole ceremony? Her entrance and sincerely incredible performance was nothing short of a show-stopper. No joke. Super good.

Then some group of randoms came out and covered Pink Floyd while a tightrope walker awkwardly re-enacted one of their album covers.

Then Russell Brand came out and covered a Willy Wonka track. The thing is, I realize he's as close to untouchable as British pop culture gets, but what British people may not be aware of is that Russell Brand currently has one of the most awful shows on American television, Brand X with Russell Brand. Just miserable, terrible stuff. So forgive me if I sighed with my arms crossed the whole time he was shouting at me through a bullhorn, okay?

Because the 1990s were my formative years, I am NOT ashamed at how much I loved the Fatboy Slim segment. I loved it. I loved it. I just plum loved it. It had a lot to do with watching young people dancing in unison to "Rockefeller Skank" (like the prom scene in She's All That!) but it was MOSTLY to do with this:

That's right, an enormous, inflatable, neon-trimmed OCTOPUS. Why? Don't ask why! It was simply amazing. I know Danny Boyle wasn't technically the artistic director of the closing ceremonies, but this image alone caused me to re-evaluate my opinion of the opening ceremony as well. Sometimes British people just GET IT. Inflatable Octopus > Paul McCartney any day of the week.

So then Jessie J came out and screamed at everybody and since this was the Olympics, it basically meant that she screamed at the entire WORLD! Congratulations, Jessie J, your destiny has been fulfilled.

Some other stuff happened.

And then THIS stuff happened. The Spice Girls reunited! Now, I was not a big fan of theirs during their original recipe days, but again, the '90s stuff just hits me in my brain's pleasure zone. Man, how great was it seeing the Spice Girls all reunited and looking great and singing those great songs? So cool.

And just when I worried that I was only enjoying the Spice Girls because I am quickly becoming an old man barreling toward the grave, it turned out that even teenagers love the Spice Girls! Check out legit teenager Missy Franklin's awestruck smile!

I mean, basically everyone in this whole ceremony was carted around by a car or truck (seriously, was that whole arena filling up with carbon monoxide??), but leave it to the Spice Girls to do it the best.

Ginger Coriander Spice was even doing the Girl Power peace sign up on her ride!

I am including so many screengrabs because of how fun it was. Nice going, ladies.

Then some middle-aged librarian came out and covered "Wonderwall."

And in what Ryan Seacrest ominously described as "the comedic part of the show," some nonsense happened involving a man dying after getting shot from a cannon? It was hard to tell. But then Eric Idle played his ghost and sang "Always Look on the Bright Side of Life." The actual performance wasn't super funny. Mostly just nuns on roller blades and a part where Idle played a white dude confused by Bollywood dancing. But the crowd was really into it, so what was the harm?

Genuinely cool: A digitally enhanced video of Freddie Mercury leading the crowd in some melodic call-and-response. Seriously, it gave me chills. Technology!

Then "Queen" came out. It was basically Brian May and—back by popular demand?—Jessie J singing "We Will Rock You," easily one of Queen's least-good songs. Queen was amazing! Couldn't they have picked ANYTHING better? "Don't Stop Me Now"? Or maybe the best song of all time, "Under Pressure"? I don't know. I wasn't in charge. But let's just say that Brian May's face in the above picture was exactly how I looked during the performance too.

Body language experts: What was going on here?

Then everything fell to a hush as the distant sound of Samba began wafting over the stadium. That's right, it was time for the symbolic "Here's what to expect" segment from the Olympics' NEXT host city.

And I don't know quite how to tell you this, but it seems that Rio de Janeiro's taste levels are now in question. The whole thing was centered around a janitor teaching an uptight security guard how to hallucinate up a jungle rave.

LED peacock-feathered drag queens came out, followed by metallic Cousin Itts, robot street performers, human glowsticks, Brazilian Cee-Lo, Brazilian Andre 3000, and Brazilian Miss Brazil. Oh and PELE OBVIOUSLY.

So, uh. Any British citizens out there still smarting from having their taste levels questioned can now look forward to 2016 when the heat will finally be OFF Danny Boyle.

Nearing the end of things, possible Bond Villain Jacques Rogge patted himself on the back for an Olympics well done. But seriously, it WAS well done. Aside from the funny stuff we're laughing about in these ceremonies, the overall event was one for the ages. So good.

Then in a moment to parallel the majesty of the torch lighting in the Opening Ceremony, the Olympic flame disassembled into its disparate parts (which would then be returned to each country once they cooled down), and extinguished as a lit phoenix dangled overhead. Genuinely spectacular. But don't just take MY word for it:

And that was it! Well, that wasn't REALLY it. That was it if you were watching NBC because America's fourth favorite network then decided to cut out a huge chunk of performances so that it could premiere a sitcom that looks destined for cancellation (although Tim thinks it has potential). That meant we had to miss performances by The Who, Kate Bush, and Muse. And based on the overriding theme of the night (the '90s), I have to assume NBC also cut out B.B.Mak, All Saints, and Travis? Damn you, NBC!

But seriously, regardless of our snark, the opening and closing ceremonies were a pleasure to watch, if only because watching and discussing them brought us all together.

How did you feel about the ceremonies, Nathan Adrian?

Perfect.


What did YOU think of the 2012 Summer Olympics closing ceremony?

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Was this supposed to be funny or entertaining in some manner? A talentless hack like Price shouldn't be criticizing others.
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Just to the right of Eric Idle in that pic is one of my friends, he said last week was 'the most bizarre and brilliant week of his life'! It was good but the Opening Ceremony was better and Madness were utter $hit. One of the people playing Pink Floyd was actually the drummer in Pink Floyd and lastly One Direction was just unnecessary..........
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Brazilian Andre 3000? Seu Jorge FYI a great musician and as good as Andre is he is better,. Seriously The Life Aquatic OST. I kinda liked your take until it all devolved into making fun of everything you didn't know or understand and basically just knowing about popular stuff. I bet that young impressed teen knew more about the Spice Girls than u did. Pretty Bad Job here...not informational..at ALL
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I loved the Opening and Closing ceremonies... more so the closing ceremonies. My favorite part of the Opening Ceremonies were the fireworks set to Pink Floyd's "Dark Side of the Moon". I would have loved to have seen the whole thing with minimal commercial interruptions. That's what they did with Bejing. I'm still angry with NBC. I can't believe they cut Kate Bush, Muse and Ray Davies. And then they tried shove Animal Practice down our throats instead of The Who finale. Idiots!!



As usual I love your photo recaps and I can't wait for your Photo recaps of TVD Season 4.
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I know this is only internet 'journalism' if you can call it that, but do you really wonder why Americans have such a bad reputation around the world? Especially if you're represented by someone like this?

For starters, shouldn't a large part of reporting be research? You wouldn't have half so many "I don't know why" comments written in your article, if you would do your due diligence and find out that that batman and robin are from a wildly popular brit com, Tom Dalye's 'friend' is also an athlete, with a name. I know this is meant to be a jape, but you're just showing how ignorant, disrespectful and lazy you are. If it's not American, its not good... right?

I certainly hope you don't actually get paid for this drivel.
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I refer you to one of the first things Price said: "It seemed a handful of our (awesome!) British readership found my photo recap to be some kind of damning indictment of the American mind? First of all, what's British for RELAX? It was all in good fun, guys."
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Price is awesome, I'm not American but I can appreciate his sense of humour. Look at it in a fun way and not something very critical. Just have a laugh, I always do.
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I am Greek! What more do I need to say??? That was a MESS!!! OH PLEASE GIVE ME A BREAK! Just have a look again at 2004 ceremonies and have a laugh at the comparison. Just give it back to us for ever!
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It was jurasic.. omg.. even the spice girl are vintage now.. I feel soo old watching... xD... it end up just like it start.. Next Olimpic games please.. Brazil will be the real party!.
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By the way Kate Bush didn't perform. Only her song "Running Up That Hill (A Deal With God Remix)" was used.
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Just as an FYI both Justin Bieber (as embarrassing as this is) and Skrillex are Canadian not American. So to think they'd be involved with the opening ceremonies if they had been held in the U.S. is wrong.
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shhh... we don't want anyone to know skrillex is from here... they might send him home.
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I read all the comments because I wanted to see British people defending Russel Brand. It would appear not even they like him. All is right with the world.
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Only the Big Brother crowd like him.
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Oh Price, I love your reviews - even when you lampooned the opening ceremony. (which I quite liked) I still had to laugh. It's great fun to see our culture / things-that-make-perfect- sense-to-us-but-may-seem-weird-to-"foreigners" through your eyes. For example the 'Only Fools and Horses' (Batman) reference. Your screengrabs are spot on as always, but my fav bit is gonna have to be the 'Scottish Mary J Blige' comment :-D



Just so you know the flying Saxaphonist was a reference to the original Madness video that went with the song. And BTW - If it makes you feel any better, Kate Bush didn't make a physical appearance, although one of her songs was played.



Can't wait til TVD returns in the fall. :-D
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Oh yeah, and when doing a tribute to Queen, of course you would do We are the Champions! Great song!
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Price, our tastes are complete opposites. I loved the opening ceremonies, although I was confused by the Digital Age segment. The closing ceremonies were only so-so for me. I liked most of the music, loved Eric Idle, and hated Annie Lennox. Seriously--they were having a party until she came out to sing a dirge in a ghost ship. It really brought things down. One thing I didn't realize until later is that the volunteers in the blue suits with light bulbs on top of their bowlers were probably an artsy tribute to Doctor Who and the TARDIS. Cool! One thing we agree on: Nathan Adrian's reaction. Loved it.
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Americans are just jealous that their music isn't as awesome as ours.
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the sax player from madness was just copying what he used to do in the 80's videos.



i loved the closing ceremony most of it was excellent but the best part about it was that there was no macca.

the opening ceremony was ok but was only saved by the music montage because the first half and macca were kak (imo lol)
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the batman and robin bit was to do with a old tv series - Only Fools and Horses.



I am not sure about the flying saxophonist but the only thing I could come up with is that the london mayor, Boris Johnson, got stuck on a wire like that earlier in the week and so it could be a tribute to that or just that they thought it was fun.
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I too thoroughly enjoyed it. I actually thought the opening ceremony was eccentric and quintessentially British. What a party.
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I enjoyed it, but was rather bothered by finding out that NBC cut The Who off just so they can air their Animal Hospital and then to find out that was all they needed to show to complete their coverage. What's worse is that I also had to wait for the airing of our local news before NBC came back to wrap the show up. Now I find out here that Kate Bush and Muse were left off completely? Not familiar with Muse, but I did like Kate Bush once upon a time. Talk about the stupid s**t NBC does...



I like Idle, but didn't get the powder being thrown in his face. That, or it all seemed to over done.



I didn't get the octopus either, but I did think it could be related to the Beatles' "Octopus' Garden"?



The supermodel thing was cheesy. I was hoping Bowie was going to come on - maybe sing "Heroes"? Not a fan of the recorded version, but years ago, his upbeat Live Aid version was great.



Speaking of models, wasn't "Miss Brazil" actually the Brazilian supermodel we see on Victoria's Secret commercials and fashion shows? Can't think of her name at the moment.



Queen was disappointing and fun at the same time. Maybe 'cause it might have been better had they had someone else singing rather than bring Jessie J back? I actually though NBC might have edited out "We Are the Champions", but I guess not?



Overall, it was entertaining partly due to being a bit goofy and cheesy. NBC, however, could have omitted their Olympic recap, jumped straight into the ceremony, ran with it completely, then air their animal show, then later do a recap special after that or news. I can't get past how stupidly they handled it.
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That Nathan Adrian gif is hands down the GREATEST THING EVER! LOL! I'm gonna start using that. Thank you for blessing us with it Price. LMAO!
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Have to agree with you about Brand and Gallagher. I thought we'd dumped Brand on you lot over the pond. Gallagher should just stay at home counting all the money he and his brother made recycling Beatles' chords. Speaking of which, I was panicking all the time waiting for Paul McCartney to show up again. Thankfully it didn't happen - no, NBC didn't cut that as well :-)



Missed opportunity not playing "We are the Champions" - would have been fantastic. Annie Lennox was brilliant, but it would have been nice if Kate Bush was there too. I suppose you can guess my age now.



Muse were good, but you've got to question the timing. The stadium was buzzing after Eric Idle, then Muse brought everything down. Sack the DJ!
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We weren't though. We came third.
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Can't believe NBC would cut it! Muse was AMAZING, my fave part of the closing ceremony. The Who were also great. I'm sorry you missed it, dang! Shame on you, NBC.
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Oh Price, your recaps always make me laugh.
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I enjoyed it but I expected Cliff Richard to come out and perform. Pity.
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I get the British commenters' argument that the opening ceremonies were wonderful for Brits themselves, and that we outsiders are never going to get that because we haven't been told all our lives that the UK is no longer relevant or whatever. (And thanks for no longer just saying "You Americans are stupid" because that argument was tired and a knee-jerk reaction.) And I'm truly glad that the statement "The UK is completely brilliant" struck home with you Brits, because I agree: you and your country ARE brilliant! But my question is this: why not make that statement in a ceremony viewed primarily by the home crowd instead of one intended to be watched by the world who will never get it and will not know why? The UK should just have told the rest of us to watch something else while you guys celebrate.
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I don't see why other countries can't watch it? It's good to learn about different cultures. There is more than America out there.
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When you communicate, it's your job to do so successfully. You don't blame the audience or a third party. So don't shove this off on the foreigners or on the commentators. One of the first rules of effective communication is "Know your audience", not "Your audience should know you".
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Sure it is, but making references no one understands without explanation isn't teaching.
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Thats the job of the commentators. Blame NBC.
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And now you descend to saying I'm only about America. I'm not, and this argument works for any country outside the host one. What other Brit commenters have said is basically "This show was about us and for us." My response is: it should have been shown just to you then, and not billed as a show for the world.
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I disagree completely. I would have thought that in the English speaking world most people outside of the US, (and maybe Canada), would have got most of the opening ceremony. I'm from New Zealand, and as soon as I saw the Reliant Robin I knew it was an "Only Fools and Horses" reference. Delboy and Rodney as Batman and Robin is one of the all time classic tv moments.
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You are so stupid and dont deserve to write this if you dont know that it was a Gallagher singing Wonderwall and that the Eric Idle segment was just BRILLIANT. And I dont have to be British to know that, Im Mexican. Hooray for culture. You, not that much.
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If it was a Gallagher, how come I no see no 'splodin' watermelons?
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What an intelligent comment! If only the Gallaghers weren't talentless, plagiarising hacks...
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better than any musicians/bands you probably like
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Why would the main act of the American opening ceremonies feature Justin Bieber? He's Canadian. I really think you guys have enough talented artists that you wouldn't have to dip into our pool but by all means, if you guys want him, we are more than willing to trade for Katy Perry.
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We acquired Bieber in a trade for 2 boxes of Levi's.
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We got rooked.
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I say we give him back and give them an additional 2 boxes of Levi's in gratitude for voiding the contract.
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You can keep Bieber, we dont want him back. Plus maybe he will make up for us infecting you with Celine DIon. Wait no he's just as bad, Sorry but we're too polite for war so we kill taste with tacky singers instead.
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One question: where was Adele?
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One answer: Very, very pregnant
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A bunch of my friends here in the US were PISSED that NBC cut out the additional performances. In fact, I have heard a LOT of complaining about how the network handled the Olympic coverage. And while of course it's disappointing to those who followed the games, if you expected GOOD broadcasting decisions from NBC, then you haven't been paying attention.
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Price It's a shame you didn't include this gif of Posh Spice 'dancing' in your recap - it's hilarious!



http://tinyurl.com/8q36x2s
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You do realise the 'middle-aged librarian' singing Wonderwall was Liam Gallagher of Oasis don't you? Or were you just joking? I can never quite tell with these recaps.
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A. Chris Daley's friend is Tim Mears a fellow diver (how can you forget that smile????)



B. You do not understand humour if you don't think Monty Python is funny.



C. The amount of raw energy in that arena and Jacques Rogge didn't even managed to slightly tilt his mouth in an upward direction. Forget a Bond villain I think he must be a robot.



D.I loved how at every oppurtunity the athletes with medals flaunted them to the cameras (As they SHOULD they just won frikin Olympic medals).



All any of us watching this event were thinking was... I WISH I WAS THERE
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Pleased to say I was there in the stadium.. And that the sound for us there was way better than it seems on the broadcast...
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You realise Chris Daley is actually Tom Daley right?
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opps how embarrassing for me.
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How dare you not find Eric Idle funny sir.

Although, they should have just played a film of the dead parrot sketch instead.

Funniest thing to ever happen in the history of time.
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I hoped for "We are the Champions". What a missed opportunity.
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I found both of the ceremonies incredible tacky.
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Just a few explanations:

The "janitor" is actually a guy that works in the city's cleaning company, that is very famous here. He sweeps the floor of the Sambodromo after the samba school parades, but, since his is an amazing samba dancer, he usually does that while dancing. Just look for "gari sorriso" and "sambodromo" in YouTube and you'll find videos of what he does (ex. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=szSI3sJCbf4 )

The guys in green thing were supposed to represent the natives of Brazil... They were misrepresented, though, since real indians (the ones that have no contact with the so-called "civilization") do not wear panties or any thing like that, but things made of feathers.... but, I guess that if they had done right, the thing would have been censored, right? anyway....

The other guys were representing famous singers, that are already dead, but are important in the brazilian music scenario.

Marisa Monte is a great brazilian singer, and she was representing Iemanjah, the godness of the seas (in the afro-brazilian culture).

I really loved the end, when they were singing "Aquele Abraco". It was great!



I'm just really happy they didn't include any funk, axeh or pagode music or the horrible, horrible "song" "Ai se eu te pego", by Michel Telo!
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Haha, and I was afraid 'd have to do the explaining here. :)

I was pleasantly surprised with the things they chose to represent Brazil, and loved that Iemanj was pictured. And I loved the dress, the way it looked kindda like waves.

I didn't think it was a good sign when the gari came out, but I was wrong.

Oh, and my parents thought the same thing: the costumes were chosen so things wouldn't get censured, like the outfits the girls from the escola de samba were wearing.

I also thought it was a nice touch to have a epresentation of the sidewalk in Copacabana.

I agree, the ending was a nice touch. And Pel, haha, of course...
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I agree with you about Marisa Monte's dress. It was sort of wave/beach umbrella. And her singing that Villa-Lobos music was very beautiful.

I thought that the Sorriso part was great... I believe the idea was to show the famous "jeitinho carioca de ser"... the security guy wanted the gari to sweep, and he was like "relax, man"....

I must admit that before I saw it was Pele, I thought they were representing Santos Dummont as well....
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thank god the Olympics weren't in Brazil this year. If they had been, we would've been exposed to lethal quantities of Ai se eu te pego (and believe me, I know whereof I speak - recently returned from Rio and it followed me to the outskirts of Euorpe, the wretched thing:()
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well, it could be worst... I live in Rio and I have to put up with this kinda "music" everyday.... funky, sertanejo universitario :op

At least your "misery" is temporary :o)



This Telo "song" is like a epidemic... I even saw a video made by a german band called The Baseballs, where they were singing it (way better, cause the turned it to rock music)

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Nah, wasn't misery. Estou com tanta saudade (do Rio, nao da cancao:)). Actually, I managed to escape it more easily there than I do here (the rest of the gringos loved it though, and used to go to baile funks, too).



I can do you one better - I've seen a fado version of it. Hilarious and surprisingly GOOD!
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I am from the UK and i absolutely agree with both of your olympic ceremony recaps, they were hilarious and just a bit of fun, the UK needs to chill. Most of both the opening & closing ceremonies were incredibly ridiculous hahahahah
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When I heard the opening bars of Pure Imagination, I got chills that you can only get when something fantastic from your childhood is about to come alive before you. You return back to that happy moment of joy and wonderment.... then you see and hear Russell Brand and a little piece of your soul dies.
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My feelings about the Olympics can be summed up in 2 very popular words: Nathan Adrian.
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or TOM DALEY :O
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Yes.
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Might be I'm just a common ignorant mongol camel herder but some of Prices photo recaps belong to Smithsonian.

Or wherever you people put the good stuff. A+
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I was born and raised in the UK, but I think I'm a closet American coz I don't get Russell Brand at all. Irksome in every way. Tasteless comedy is tolerable if genuinely funny. Russell Brand is not.



The all important question is where were the likes of Motorhead, Iron Maiden and Ozzy?!
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I Loved the opening ceremony. The only boring bit was the sequence with the house and the Eighties music review.

Sadly for the closing ceremony is was just this part that was blown up to the max. And it was incredibly boring. Why, oh why do we always have to see all those has beens? For endless hours!!!

Was this the best of British? Catchy pop tunes from last century. WHAT A SHAME!



They should have kept it short and sweet.
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Also, Russell Brand is just a douche. We know that here, yet we keep getting subjected to him. I'm thinking of starting a hit squad, his name is top of the list...
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Allison from Teen Wolf is number 2
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I dunno. I'd love to see Allison with a fully functional crossbow in the same stretch of woods as Russell Brand.
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Will the props guy load and reload it for her?
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Opening Ceremony > Closing Ceremony
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Agree to disagree. Closing Ceremony > Bucket of Sick > Opening Ceremony
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The Batman and Robin section was from a christmas special of 'Only Fools and Horses' were characters del Boy & Rodney come to the aid of a councilor being mugged ,imagine Leonard & Sheldon coming out of the mist dressed as Batman and Robin when you are about to be mugged.
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As a Brit I loved the opening ceremony - I thought it was sublime genius in the way it united and inspired a nation.



I didn't like the closing ceremony. It felt like the status quo had been returned.



However... from a non British perspective I can understand why the reverse might be true.
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Okay. So the opening ceremony was like an inside-y type of thing? Because to an outsider like me it looked drab, incoherent and aesthetically displeasing.
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It's like Danny Boyle was Britain's biggest personal cheerleader, telling us all the ways we were great.



We are NOT used that that in the UK - we're normally told we're a bit rubbish.



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That's actually really interesting to hear. I definitely tend to revere British culture most of the time, so maybe I was hoping for something mind-blowing. I know it can't all be Pulp and Banksy, but I was certainly hoping for something I'd never seen before (i.e. an inflatable octopus) rather than a montage of things I HAD seen before (McCartney, Mary Poppins, Kenneth Branagh)
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I have no idea why that loser Russell Brand was there? As a Brit, i was screaming at the TV! I was also praying that Paul McCartney or Elton John would NOT sing. When the spice girls came out, I was screaming for Elton John to come out! I would love to know who is Emilie Santes Agent, she sang so much??? Loved Fat Boy Slim, Octopus was a mystery???? Eric Idle was brilliant, there should have been more of that humour in the show. When David Bowie started i got all excited, then i was upset when it was only supermodels (dont understand the fashion skit at all)
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It just goes to show that taste is subjective! As a Brit I loved the opening ceremony but hated the closing one. I thought it was a complete mess, with the odd bit here and there thrown in that took my breath away.



The Batman and Robin skit was from and episode of Only Fools and Horses (one of their best episodes that had the nation howling).



It was a shame as it had a promising opening - it was completely bonkers - but then it just turned into a mainstream mess. They were showcasing some of the best music we had turned out over the years but managed not to miss most of it.
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Thanks for the context on that Only Fools and Horses bit. I legitimately was not aware of that series. I'm not super educated in British pop culture (or in general).
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You call yourself a TV writer and you've never heard of Only Fools and Horses. Shame on you sir!
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I was about to say the same, one of the greatest shows ever. I'm born and raised in ireland and if the cast of big bang theory came out of a car dressed as the justice league i'd get it, or references to the cosby show, cheers, seinfeld, fresh prince, mash. Thats the american way (for most not all people) if you havent heard of it yet its because you havent ''re-made it yet. But sure what do i know i don't work for a tv review site.
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Even still its worth a go. The show runs from 19812003 which is impressive, del boy is the best hustler in tv history and his brother dave. Really funny show and timeless.
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As an American who has watched a downright ridiculous number of series from the UK, I can say I've never considered watching "Only Fools and Horses". Coz to watch the first series you have to go back to 1981, which is even older than everything on your list except mash.
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Price peterson! How could you not know Monty Python, its classic. Hilarious. (thats what all those old people and nuns and 'Always Look on the bright-side of life) .....but I'm pretty bad at reading sarcasm in writing so yeah....... Awesome re-cap anyway :)
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Don't worry, I know it was from Life of Brian. But this wasn't Monty Python, just Eric Idle behaving embarrassingly on a world stage.
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This reads like a list of reasons why I hate my own country.



It was like an advert to the world as to why we're no longer relevant, dated in our values, and basically just a characature of our worst features. It's like the whole world said to us "this is what you are, UK" and we replied "righteo, old chap, bring out Benny Hill for a rollicking good time!"



Good job UK, you even managed to ruin my memory of Queen and Monty Python.
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I agree with you and it was exactly what I feared the opening ceremony would be like.



The main difference for me was the fact that the opening ceremony celebrated our country's achievements and was the most inclusive show I've ever seen in the UK. Fast forward to the closing ceremony and all they celebrated was 'celebrities'. Not much of the common man on display.
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Nothing can ruin something as good as Monty Python or Queen. Esp. since the real talent behind either wasn't really involved in it; not in the thinking it out anyway. Or just pretend you never saw it (like me, thank god):)
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"some group of randoms". You can't be serious, that was Ed Sheeran a musical genius in millions of peoples mind!
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I may not have been serious. Nobody knows!
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