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Elbow recording Olympic theme

By | Published on Friday 25 November 2011


The theme song for the BBC’s 2012 Olympics coverage will be written by Elbow, it has been announced. The band have been tasked with recording a six minute track that will feature heavily on the BBC during the Games, akin to Gorillaz’s 2008 effort for the Beijing Olympics.

Elbow’s Guy Garvey said: “We are knocked out to be involved and it’s been quite a challenge. We have feelings of real responsibility as we will be the soundtrack to so many images of personal sacrifice and endeavour while the nation roots for and celebrates with Team GB”.

BBC’s Director of London 2012, Roger Mosey, added: “[Elbow’s track] should be just-about the most heard piece of music in 2012. This builds on our recent tradition of using great British contemporary artists to deliver our music, as we did with Damon Albarn in 2008; and we reckon Elbow have a unique combination of credibility – hence their Mercury Prize – with a style that can be enjoyed by people of all ages”.

Here’s that Gorillaz track and accompanying video to enjoy all over again: