African Olympic Athletes Have Begun Claiming Asylum in London

Caity Weaver · 08/15/12 05:30PM

While Ryan Lochte is getting smashed and letting Swedish long jumpers try on his diamond grille, some Olympic athletes were quietly planning how to slip away from the Olympic village and request political asylum in London.

Here Are the Closing Ceremony Performances From The Who, Muse and Ray Davies That NBC Didn't Broadcast

Rich Juzwiak · 08/13/12 10:05AM

Kate Bush wasn't the only one snubbed by NBC's edit of last night's closing ceremony of the London Olympics. The Who's phenomenal medley of "Baba O'Riley," "See Me, Feel Me," "Listening to You" and "My Generation" was broadcast separate from the rest of the closing ceremony, so that NBC could insert preview of its Animal Practice in between. Cheap stuff, but hey, that's America. And that's not all: Muse's and Ray Davies' performances weren't aired at all. So we have those for you, too.

Here's the Kate Bush Song That Was Cut from the U.S. Broadcast of the London Olympics Closing Ceremony

Rich Juzwiak · 08/12/12 10:38PM

Every once in a while, Kate Bush makes an appearance in pop culture, mythical creature that she is. Tonight was not an example of one of those appearances. She did, though, needlessly rerecord her only song to go Top 40 in the U.S., "Running Up That Hill," and give it to the Olympics so people could do weird things with their bodies, recreate some of her interpretive dancing from the video and build a literal hill along to a song that's really about gender-fucking. Also, there are montages of athletes, some of them weeping in defeat. In other words, this was a solid Kate moment, despite her predictable absence. (I believe she literally lives in a castle on a hill.)

The Spice Girls Are a Well-Oiled Machine

Rich Juzwiak · 08/12/12 09:56PM

The don't manufacture pop like they used to. This is as good of a performance from the Spice Girls as we'd ever get. They are on point doing their pointing and gesticulating and shouting and provoking and riding on top of cars.

Russell Brand Commits Atrocity, Covers 'I Am the Walrus'

Rich Juzwiak · 08/12/12 09:05PM

This performance of Russell Brand acting like Willy Wonka singing "I Am the Walrus" from the Olympic Closing Ceremony is a low point in pop culture. It's Snow White-at-the-Oscars bad. Shame.