Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Olympic Anthems - the Reserve Squad

With everyone now heartily sick of the Chariots of Fire theme, Spandau Ballets 'Gold'  and anything by the Beatles or Queen, here are a few musical suggestions which could have worked at the various Olympic venues and events.

Torch Relay - There is a Light That Never Goes Out (The Smiths)

4x100 Relay - I Started Something I Couldn't Finish (The Smiths)

4x400 Relay - Oops I Did It Again (Britney Spears)

Boxing  - Hit Me Baby One More Time (Spears)

Taekwondo  - Aint that a Kick in the Head (Frank Sinatra, at a guess - I'm not really with it on jazz))

10m Diving - Vertigo (U2)/Going Under (Evanescence)

Archery/Shooting - Dont Want to Miss a Thing (Aerosmith)

Velodrome - Round and Round (New Order)

Horseriding - Jump (Van Halen) or if that fails Whip It (Devo)

Weightlifting - Lifted (Lighthouse Family)/Lift Me Up (Howard Jones)

Pommel Horse - Teenage Kicks (Undertones)

Vault - Head over Heels (Tears for Fears)

Beach Volleyball - On the Beach (Kirsty MacColl, or Chris Rea)/Itsy Bitsy Teeny Weeny Yellow Polka Dot Bikini (Black Lace, I think)

Closing Ceremony - Rio (Duran Duran)

But what a fantastic couple of weeks, and it looks like the Paralympics might be a sell out too, as people can't get enough of the Olympic spirit. How we build on the goodwill, sense of a job well done, success and fun of the last fortnight seems to be up for grabs - the BBC didn't help by ending Sunday night with a downbeat song and then a trailer for a series on Jack the Ripper. It almost made me long for a 4th song by the Who.

Massive congratulations to the atheletes, coaching staff, volunteers, organisers, army, LOCOG and everyone involved. It's been brilliant.


  1. Archery - I missed again (Phil Collins)

    Gymnastics - Oops Upside your Head (The Gap Band)

    Synchronised Swimming - Down Under (Men at Work)

    Marathon - Keep on Running (Spencer Davis Group)

  2. And I suppose Everybody Hurls (REM) for the discus