Olympic Opening Ceremony or Rousing Tribute to Disco?

You decide.

Did you see the Parade of Athletes last night? I tried my hardest to focus on the individual athletes and comradery, but my brain couldn’t get past the music. Why the American Disco? Are these songs just becoming popular in Torino? Did the Olympic Committee brainstorm for months, only to decide that American disco music could bring the world back together? Many, many questions…

Not that I’m complaining, Olympic Committee. I’m sure the athletes enjoyed walking to the likes of YMCA, Hot Stuff, Disco Inferno and Shake Your Booty. I’m sure Iran very much relished strutting their stuff to Funkytown. I even think I may have heard a little Video Killed The Radio Star while Mongolia made their appearance. Video Killed The Radio Star? Way to think outside of the box, Torino! I can just envision the committee’s heated discussions…”We won’t be pigeon-holed by 1970’s disco! Hell no! We’re modern citizens! We will include mid-80’s music just to throw the world citizens for a loop. Take that!”

And their plan worked. I almost lost my shit when I heard Dreams by Van Halen. I mean, that’s 1986, people! How’d that one slip in?

Those crazy Italians.

  1. Sarcomical

    February 11, 2006 at 9:49 am

    we watched it, and i kept saying “when is this going to get good? i can’t take it anymore. WHO picked out this music?!? BOR. ING.”

    i mean really. oooh, look at us we just spent 15 minutes being a giant weird-looking ski-man.


  2. whoorl

    February 11, 2006 at 2:42 pm


    Get better soon, my dear. Trust me, there is a light at the end of the tunnel…I just got there myself. Woot!

  3. Anna

    February 11, 2006 at 3:12 pm

    I have to agree with the music thing. I was definately trying to ignore it and concentrate on the athletes, but I was laughing a few times for sure. I think they played “Jump” by Van Halen for the Italian team.

    Let the games begin.

  4. lin

    February 11, 2006 at 11:01 am

    The music was nuts, but I disagree Sarcomical…I think the rest was in the spirit of the Olympics and done with great class and skill.

  5. Jurgen Nation

    February 11, 2006 at 2:18 pm

    I wish the Olympic Music Directors could follow me around, blasting music into the area in which I’m about to walk. Wouldn’t that be sweet? It’d be like my own runway, all the time. Can you imagine walking in a meeting to the stylings of YMCA? Take THAT, CEO! Revel in my awesomery.

    I heart Ny-Quil.

  6. kris

    February 12, 2006 at 2:02 pm

    FTLOG. Did they play Baby Got Back? Because that would have been hot.

    Am I the only one who is worried about Jurgen’s Nyquil consumption?

  7. Dadscape

    February 13, 2006 at 6:57 am

    Woooops. Wrong URL!

  8. Dadscape

    February 13, 2006 at 6:56 am

    It’s pretty amazing how much music has changed over the years. Sometimes I think music back in the 80’s was so much better than what’s on the radio today.