Published Nov 28, 2011Elbow are already one of England's best-loved bands, so their latest move hardly comes as a surprise. Next year, when the Summer Olympic Games come to London, Elbow will be soundtracking the event for its TV broadcast on BBC.
According to a press release, the band have been commission by the BBC to write "a special piece of music" that will be used in preview coverage of the event and then during the Games. The soundtrack is "currently in the final stages of production."
Frontman 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."
We're guessing that that this will help Elbow sell even more copies of this year's Build a Rocket Boys! LP, which earned a nomination for the prestigious Mercury Prize (but lost to PJ Harvey's Let England Shake).
Sorry, Canada, but we've got to say that Elbow's soundtrack is probably going to be way cooler than CTV's official song from the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics: "I Believe" by Nikki Yanofsky.