British music takes centre stage for London 2012 closing ceremony, Blur play Hyde Park finale, new Muse song, Jack White's first ever gig ... Daily Hot List
Monday, 13 August
Last night the London 2012 games came to a close with a ceremony that celebrated British pop music, here's a selection of some of the coverage...
Billboard described artistic director's Kim Gavin's A Symphony Of British Music show as a "psychedelic mash-up that had 80,000 fans at the Olympic Stadium stomping, cheering and singing along", citing the Spice Girl's reunion, Kaiser Chief's cover of The Who's Pinball Wizard and Eric Idle's Always Look On The Bright Side Of Life as among the highlights.
Pitchfork praised the "ridiculous highlights" from the presentation, namely the winching of Madness' saxophonist into the air as the band performed Our House on the back of a lorry, Fatboy Slim's emergence from an inflatable octopus and the Pet Shop Boys' performance of West End Girls "while being driven around on buggies and wearing crazy headpieces designed by Gareth Pugh".
The BBC reported that "artistic director Kim Gavin... brought together household names, including George Michael, Jessie J, Emeli Sande, Madness, the Pet Shop Boys, One Direction, Ray Davies and Liam Gallagher, as the best of British music went on show to the world."
Kate Bush has released the remix of Running Up That Hill (A Deal With God) that featured in the ceremony, adding "They certainly put on a brilliant show".
The Guardian provided a blow-by-blow account of the action at the Olympic Stadium, though they weren't exactly impressed with Russell Brand's cover of I Am The Walrus "on top of a psychedelic camper van. This is the definition of a bad trip. And it's still not as strange as Timothy Spall as Churchill."
Seems like the aftershow party for the ceremony was pretty good. The Spice Girl's Emma Buton tweeted a snap of her, Mel B, Liam Gallagher and Muse's Dominic Howard still partying at 5am.
You can watch the whole of the closing ceremony again on the BBC's iPlayer.
Blur in Hyde Park
Meanwhile as Blur's Parklife was played over the PA at the start of the ceremony in Stratford, the band themselves took the stage in Hyde Park to play a closing party for the public. Performing a set that mixed crowd favourites like Girls And Boys, Parklife (for which the band were joined by Phil Daniels), Song 2 and Country House, they also performed some more unexpected choices, including Caramel, B-side Young & Lovely, and The Great Escape's Colin Zeal - for which comedian Harry Enfield made a cameo as a tea lady. With frontman Damon Albarn praising the community of the "Olympic church" from the stage, he also dedicated new song Under The Westway to the large crowd, explaining the band had written it in February with this gig in mind. The BT London Live show also saw performances from Bombay Bicycle Club, New Order and The Specials, while key moments from the closing ceremony were shown on big screens.
Not that Blur will be getting rich from the show. Albarn claims the band were paid peanuts for their reunion show. "Guess how much they're paying us. 300 quid. When you divide that between four and add publishing, management and tax, it's down to about a quid," he declared. "But that's not why you agree to do it."
Damon Albarn has spoken to Q about the band's future, grab a copy of our current issue for the full story.
Right here's the rest of the day's music news...
Badly Drawn Boy has announced he is taking a three month break from music after losing his temper with a heckler during a show at the Northampton Music Festival. "I find it very difficult to control my emotions whilst on stage. So in light of this, I have decided to take a complete break from everything for the next three months, something I've not had for 14 years," he wrote. "I'm really sorry if I offended anybody on Sunday in Northampton."
Jack White has revealed that his first ever gig saw him performing Bob Dylan's self-titled debut album in order in a Detroit coffee shop.
Watch the video for Muse's The 2nd Law: Unsustainable. It's the 'dubstep' track taken from the band's forthcoming album of the same name.
Marilyn Manson has revealed how he avoids getting papped at airports, he write "fuck" on his face so they can't sell the snaps.
Adam Yauch's will has prohibited the use of his music and other artistic property in advertising. The Beastie Boy, who left $6.4m to his wife and daughter, hand wrote part of the document to ensure his music could not be exploited.
And it seems the rapper's concern was not misplaced. Beastie Boys' lawyers have filed a copywright claim against Monster Energy Drink after their music was apparently used in promos for an event called Ruckus In The Rockies.
Watch Hot Chip's Joe Goddard remixing Jessie Ware's Night Light.
Skrillex has recorded with Kanye West for the rapper's new record, explaining: "I did some music with Kanye and from what I know, it's actually going to be the first song on his new album."
Guest column - Man Like Me's favourite London haunts. The band's Johnny Langer, a lifetime Londoner, picks out some choice destinations.
The Insane Clown Posse are suing the FBI for classifying their fans, known as Juggalos, as a "loosely organised hybrid gang". "This is a family of love, this ain't no organised crime family," explained the group's lawyer, Ryan Farris, a Juggalo himself.
R Kelly has cancelled his planned cruise, which would have seen him entertain fans as they sailed between Miami and the Bahamas, after suggesting he has not been paid by the promoters.
Lamb of God singer Randy Blythe has been released after his arrested in the Czech Republic in connection with the death of a fan following an incident at a gig in 2010. The frontman, who will have to return to answer manslaughter charges, explained he was angry with the US government for not warning him despite Czech authorities contacting them in advance. "I'm a little bit steamed about is the fact that they didn't have the courtesy to contact me in any way, shape or form and say, Hey, you're wanted for manslaughter in a foreign country," he explained.
Wiley earned at second week at Number 1 in the UK singles chart with Heatwave, while Rihanna's Talk That Talk returned to the top of the albums countdown.
Guest column - Whispers in St Paul's dome by Karine Polwart. The folk singer on the influence of the London cathedral and the Occupy protest that took place outside it.
P Diddy has been approached to become a judge on the next serious of American Idol.
Little Dragon were joined onstage by Outkast's Big Boi in Austin last week. The rapper performed Mama Told Me from his forthcoming album, which features the band's Yukimi Nagano on vocals.
Today's Track Of The Day is Giant Sand with Forever & A Day
That's it for today. More Hot List tomorrow at noon.
12:00 PM | 13/08/2012
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