Having already established that official Olympics anthems are often tours de merde — a reality that British maximalists Muse did more than their share to demonstrate with this year's contribution — we'd all but given up hope for good tunes to soundtrack the sweat, tears, heartbreak, and triumph of the London games.
Let's not fret so soon. Today brings news that this Friday's opening ceremony will be overseen by the formidable audio-visual pairing of film director Danny Boyle and celebrated British electronic duo Underworld, which, hells yes. Boyle likes to use the music of Underworld in his films — see the instantaneous ubiquity of “Born Slippy” after that awful/amazing Trainspotting toilet scene — so having him serve as artistic director of the opening ceremony with Underworld music-directing the proceedings raises our eyebrows in a very optimistic direction. Underworld even plans to release Isle of Wonder: Music for the Opening Ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games on iTunes immediately after the event at midnight July 28, Pitchfork reports. We haven't heard a peep of it, but we'll bet you two bangers and a pint of lager that it'll show those five minutes of Muse cacophony for the awful bit of histrionics they were.