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After my seriously brain-draining last blog post about consciousness and other metaphysical stuff, I aim to keep this post light and ridiculously irrelevant.
So, the London 2012 Olympics have come to a close. I can't provide much commentary on the games themselves as I only tuned into the men's and women's artistic gymnastics competitions. But as you may recall, I live-blogged the opening ceremony. For the closing ceremony, I have decided to post screen captures of my favorite visuals as seen in my BBC recorded broadcast of the ceremony.
Here are my top ten favorite WTF? visual moments:
Winston Churchill pops out of Big Ben—like a stripper popping out of a cake—then quotes Shakespeare.
Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe of The Pet Shop Boys perform West End Girls as they parade around the arena in bicycle pulled chariots wearing black cone shaped hats. Very advant garde.
Kate Bush's Running Up That Hill plays as we are treated to a black and white visual montage of Olympic events from the 2012 games. Danny Boyle must have a foot fetish.
Just a little closing reminder, in case anyone should have forgotten, the London Olympics were about Freedom, as opposed to the Beijing Olympics which were about totalitarianism. George Michael sings Freedom, of course, as the lit propaganda repeatedly scrolls along the visual marquee.
Giant billboards with black and white images of famous fashion models are paraded around the arena while David Bowie's iconic song, Fashion, plays. Oddly, all the models are lying on their backs. Is this how they do their best work? Oh that was cruel!
Annie Lennox reenacts a scene from the film, Titanic—a la gothic style, while singing Little Bird.
Russel Brand enters the arena standing atop a psychedelically painted bus singing, Pure Imagination, from the film Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. He then proceeds to sing a cover of The Beatles', I am the Walrus, through a megaphone as female violinists in trippy leotards and white capes provide the music accompaniment.
DJ Fatboy Slim spins tunes, including, Right Here, Right Now and The Rockafeller Skank from a giant neon plastic octopus while dancers in 80's style outfits shake their booties.
The torch is passed to Brazil. Oh looks as though we may be in for a great opening ceremony come 2016.
The Who closes the ceremony looking and sounding fantastic! Love those shoes! Great job London. Well done indeed.
As you can see the Olympics closing ceremony can be summed up in one word: quirky.
If I had to choose one word to describe Eddie Vedder that captures his spirit during the early days of Pearl Jam, circa 1991-1994, I would pick Intense. I hope that this intensity is captured in my latest painting of him.
Album Covers ~ My Paintings Inspired by Photos
Jimi Hendrix ~ Experience Hendrix
The Eagles ~ Hotel California
Bob Marley ~ Legend
New Order ~ Power, Corruption and Lies
The Cure ~ Standing on a Beach, The Singles
U2 ~ War
Eddie Vedder ~ Ukulele Songs
Jim Morrison ~ The Best of The Doors
My New Passion
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