The song performed by Two Door Cinema Club frontman Alex Trimble at the opening ceremony for the London 2012 Olympic Games has surfaced online – scroll down and click to listen.
Trimble sang the track – which is titled ‘Caliban’s Dream’ and was written by Underworld’s Rick Smith specifically for the ceremony – as young athletes carried the Olympic Flame around the stadium before they lit the Olympic Cauldron to Pink Floyd’s ‘Eclipse’.
Speaking about his involvement in the ceremony, Trimble said: “I remember getting a call from my manager one morning while I was on tour in America. It woke me up and I was half asleep and hungover – he told me that Danny [Boyle] wanted me to come and perform a song at the Olympics. I listened and then went back to sleep. When I woke up again I actually thought the call had been a dream. My manager called back and after a lot of convincing that it was, in fact, a real genuine offer, I obviously said yes.”
He added: “I’m really proud of the performance. I have so much respect for the team that put it all together. Danny always made time to sit with me one on one and go through things and see how everything was going and with Rick we worked one on one too. In the studio, on the phone, it just felt so personal. Not like something that’s gone out worldwide! I’m sure it’ll take a few months for the reality to fully sink in.”
Earlier in the evening, Dizzee Rascal, Mike Oldfield and Emeli Sandé all performed in the first half of the ceremony, whilst Frank Turner played a three song set at the Olympic Stadium as part of the event’s ‘prologue’.
Later on, meanwhile, Arctic Monkeys played their debut single ‘I Bet That You Look Good On The Dancefloor’, but also covered The Beatles’ ‘Come Together’ whilst winged cyclists made their way through the stadium. Though frontman Alex Turner was in his trademark leather jacket, drummer Matt Helders sported a Union Jack tracksuit and played on a set of drums emblazoned with Great Britain’s national flag.
Paul McCartney closed the four hour long event with a version of The Beatles’ ‘Hey Jude’. After quoting a line from his and John Lennon’s 1969 song ‘The End’ – “And in the end, the love you take is equal to the love you make” – he started up on the piano, leading the Olympic Stadium in a mass singalong. He even went up to the front of the stage and asked “the fellas” and then “the women, the girls” in the crowd to sing parts of the chorus separately.
The London 2012 Olympic Games Opening Ceremony setlist was:
The Who, ‘Baba O’Riley’
Muse, ‘Map Of The Problematique’
Fuck Buttons, ‘Surf Solar’
Sex Pistols, ‘God Save The Queen’
The Clash, ‘London Calling’
Mike Oldfield, ‘Tubular Bells’
OMD, ‘Enola Gay’
The Jam, ‘Going Underground’
The Rolling Stones, ‘(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction’
The Beatles, ‘She Loves You’
Millie Small, ‘My Boy Lollipop’
Led Zeppelin, ‘Trampled Under Foot’
The Specials, ‘A Message To You Rudy’
David Bowie, ‘Starman’
Queen, ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’
Eric Clapton, ‘Wonderful Tonight’
Sex Pistols, ‘Pretty Vacant’
New Order, ‘Blue Monday’
Frankie Goes To Hollywood, ‘Relax’
Soul II Soul, ‘Back To Life’
Happy Mondays, Step On’
Eurythmics, Sweet Dreams Are Made Of This’
The Prodigy, ‘Firestarter’
Blur, ‘Song 2’
Underworld, ‘Born Slippy’
Dizzee Rascal, ‘Bonkers’
Amy Winehouse, ‘Valerie’
Tinie Tempah, ‘Pass Out’
David Holmes, ‘I Heard Wonders’
Arctic Monkeys, ‘I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor’
The Beatles, ‘Come Together’ (covered by Arctic Monkeys)
Underworld/Alex Trimble, ‘Caliban’s Dream’
The Beatles, ‘The End’
The Beatles, ‘Hey Jude’
The soundtrack to the opening ceremony is now available to buy, digitally. Titled ‘Isles Of Wonder: Music For The Opening Ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games’, the album was released at the end of the event. A physical release will follow on August 6.