Russel Brand To Cover Sex Pistols

The controversial comedian will also cover The Beatles at the London 2012 Olympic closing ceremony. But why?

Russel Brand To Cover Sex Pistols
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A controversial comedian will cover classic British rock songs at the Olympic's closing ceremony. Russel Brand, best known for marrying then divorcing Katy Perry, divides fans and critics with his outspoken opinions and risqu jokes. Now he's set to sing a comedy version of Sex Pistol's "Pretty Vacant" and The Beatles' "I Am The Walrus". The story sounds like a prank, but The Mirror reports this alongside news that The Who are scheduled to close the show, preceded by performances from British acts including Queen, Kaiser Chiefs and Elbow. The London Olympics continue to face harsh criticism from Brits, particularly in London where concerns about public transport and commercial agreements with companies like McDonalds are raising tensions in the capital. Today, Gizmodo UK reports that a group of children have been banned from carrying the Olympic torch unless the pay for brand new Adidas trainers (who are a sponsor of the event). It's the dystopian commercial future we all hoped would never happen. On the plus side, it looks like Britain will make the most of its musical heritage at the closing ceremony, with classic acts like The Who and Queen it's just a shame they had to recruit jokers like Brand to fill the gaps.

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    mnf50
    best known for marrying then divorcing Katy Perry,
    Well maybe in America
    cptcomet
    Our country has made a right **** up of The Olympics. Sorry rest of the world.
    Zanos7
    Olympic Booking Committee could have picked some of the following to show what Britain has to offer: Black Sabbath Judas Priest Iron Maiden Venom Motorhead Def Leppard Deep Purple (RIP Jon Lord) Led Zeppelin The Rolling Stones David Bowie Pink Floyd (yeah right haha) Radiohead The Prodigy Nah **** it lets go with Russel Brand...
    AntoineOlivier
    Best known for marrying and then divorcing Kay Perry? So his TV career, stand up and acting count for nothing in the face of a relationship which is/was no business of UG or the general public. Good to know
    Legendaryhero7
    Better than how Blur sounds these day, though I would have preferred at battle to the death between Noel and Liam from what was Oasis
    Zell182
    You can tell an American who knows nothing of the UK wrote this article.
    Ghefly
    I think I'm in the minority that actually like Russell Brand. He's smart, witty and plays along with yet subtly subverting the "desperate for fame" media personality. He's also very knowledgeable when it comes to music, as anybody who listened to his radio show would know so it's not like he's some no-brain loser who's just doing it for a spot on TV.
    Ryan Domengeaux
    I personally think he's funny. At least he is can be a musician. He isn't all that talented of a singer but he isn't awful. It could be worse, could be Dane Cook.
    Maiden95
    I totally agree with that last line. Why the hell would the greatest event in sports be closed with a comedian?...Who isn't that funny anyway!
    ljpfahey
    Maiden95 wrote: I totally agree with that last line. Why the hell would the greatest event in sports be closed with a comedian?...Who isn't that funny anyway!
    Why end it with a comedian? Why end it with music? Why end it with a speech? Why have fireworks at the end? Why not have Boris and Ken end it by fighting each other UFC style? It's a stupid question really. They have to end with something. And why not a comedian? Why not Brand? Everything that surrounds every Olympics is a reflection of the culture, art and personality of the country. It's one massive business pitch to the world. Sorry to break it to you, but it really isn't all about the sport. You might disagree, but Russell Brand is actually very good. Have you watched his improv? He's probably one of the fastest thinking comedians in the world. It's hard for another comedian to shine while standing next to him. They can't keep up! More than this, having risen from a dark past, he is an admirable role model (most of the time). He's also known globally. That's important when everyone around the globe is watching. I think it's a very wise decision. I also love the inclusion of The Who and Elbow! Although they're not surprising choices. Queen on the other hand... he's dead. It's not the same. Put it to bed.
    WhatsRocketMail
    Today, Gizmodo UK reports that a group of children have been banned from carrying the Olympic torch unless the pay for brand new Adidas trainers (who are a sponsor of the event).
    Cmon yall, get it together.
    link no1
    spiff-corgi wrote: Slaytan666 wrote: I could see Brand performing at the special olympics.. Knowing the organisers' competence they'd probably get Frankie Boyle in for that gig.
    Oh God please let this happen.
    a group of children have been banned from carrying the Olympic torch unless the pay for brand new Adidas trainers (who are a sponsor of the event).
    Wait...Really? All the advertisement constantly on TV (hell, dish washing products sponsoring the Olympics?) a film based around the London Olympics, best of Britan involving only half of the Who and Mr.Brand...Now children being forced to buy new trainers to be involved with the event? Being British, I am just sick of hearing about the event and alot of the stupid shit the organizers are pulling. I wasn't too big on it anyway but I just keep getting more and more reasons to hope Britain wins 0 medals.
    spiff-corgi
    Slaytan666 wrote: I could see Brand performing at the special olympics..
    Knowing the organisers' competence they'd probably get Frankie Boyle in for that gig.
    kennedys1
    I'll only watch if the replace the two songs with "Furry Walls" and "The Clap."
    Metallica0717
    I'm probably gonna get flamed for this, but I say give him a shot, then if he sucks then criticize him. He's an okay comedian..yeah..but maybe hes an even better rocker.
    xplosive59
    divides fans and critics with his outspoken opinions and risqu jokes.
    I don't dislike Brand 'cause his jokes are "Risque", I do not like him because his jokes are shit. C'mon it really shows how bad the mainstream talent in Britain is now if they get a godawful comedian as a closer for such a big event.
    )v(egaFan90
    Seriously, Russel Brand to close the Olympics?! Why not close with a bit of Fry and Laurie!
    Spekulus
    mnf50 wrote: best known for marrying then divorcing Katy Perry, Well maybe in America
    True. Over here he was famous way before that. Some of his work is pretty funny to be fair, not sure about having him as a ''music" act for the Olympics but then the Olympics are a joke anyway so maybe it's fitting.
    Reddaz
    best known for marrying then divorcing Katy Perry
    He's best known at home for being a former heroin addict and shagaholic, much like a lot of rockstars! I don't see it as any less of a half arsed music act than half of The Who and half of Queen performing. We have many great musical exports, but you get what you pay for (Prestige my arse!).
    Lightning_Ray
    Zanos7 wrote: Olympic Booking Committee could have picked some of the following to show what Britain has to offer: Black Sabbath Judas Priest Iron Maiden Venom Motorhead Def Leppard Deep Purple (RIP Jon Lord) Led Zeppelin The Rolling Stones David Bowie Pink Floyd (yeah right haha) Radiohead The Prodigy Nah **** it lets go with Russel Brand...
    Venom were influential, but in my opinion I think their music's crap. Also, kudos for "mentioning" Steve Hughes, that guy's brilliant.
    elvor0
    smittyanthrax wrote: I bet he comes dressed like a tramp like every other event he turns up to.Vile creature as funny as testicular cancer.
    You've got some pretty funny ideas about what tramps wear, the hell do you live?
    dylanfg
    I like Russell Brand, but I don't think this is a good idea. Also, what's with all the people spelling it with one L instead of two, when is Russell ever spelt with one L.
    hekainu
    He doesn't divide fans and critics "with his outspoken opinions and risqu jokes" he's just a t**t. On the other hand, with the whole Olympics fiasco, starting with the god awful logo, mascots, security, bus drivers getting lost on the way to venues, it probably fits the general theme of retarded incompetence that the Olympics committee seem to be aiming for.
    smittyanthrax
    I bet he comes dressed like a tramp like every other event he turns up to.Vile creature as funny as testicular cancer.
    guitarist41
    Fuck the Olympics. Fuck Russell Brand. Seriously, how the **** did that guy manage to make a career out of being an annoying twat?
    paulohd2
    I think you just don't quite understand British humour.
    xplosive59 wrote: divides fans and critics with his outspoken opinions and risqu jokes. I don't dislike Brand 'cause his jokes are "Risque", I do not like him because his jokes are shit. C'mon it really shows how bad the mainstream talent in Britain is now if they get a godawful comedian as a closer for such a big event.
    myopathy
    Get Guthrie Govan to replace Russel Brand and then Britain's musical showcase will be redeemed.
    TheExterminator
    Zanos7 wrote: Olympic Booking Committee could have picked some of the following to show what Britain has to offer: Black Sabbath Judas Priest Iron Maiden Venom Motorhead Def Leppard Deep Purple (RIP Jon Lord) Led Zeppelin The Rolling Stones David Bowie Pink Floyd (yeah right haha) Radiohead The Prodigy Nah **** it lets go with Russel Brand...
    Yeah, let's try to get a bunch of bands who play a style of music known for its vehement hatred of all things commercial, to play the biggest pile of commercial trash ever! clapclapclapclapclapclapclap!
    Lightnin g_Ray wrote: Venom were influential, but in my opinion I think their music's crap. Also, kudos for "mentioning" Steve Hughes, that guy's brilliant.
    And yet they still released three of the greatest Heavy Metal albums in the history of Metal, and anyone who claims to be a Metal fan should love them all.
    aids9999
    Zanos7 wrote: Olympic Booking Committee could have picked some of the following to show what Britain has to offer: yes, because the olympics will get Venom to play. Sure. Black Sabbath Judas Priest Iron Maiden Venom Motorhead Def Leppard Deep Purple (RIP Jon Lord) Led Zeppelin The Rolling Stones David Bowie Pink Floyd (yeah right haha) Radiohead The Prodigy Nah **** it lets go with Russel Brand...
    Blew1
    How can you expect Russell Brand to sing a decent cover song if he is not a vocalist!? I mean, he's a comedian and he's not in the least bit funny ffs!! And he shagged Katy Perry...Bastard!!
    saintjimmy99
    So first London shuts down Springsteen and McCartney, and now they want Russell Brand to close the Olympics with a comic rendition of "I Am the Walrus"? The ****, England?
    Koekoeksklok
    Couldn't afford Hugh Laurie or Bill Bailey I guess I like Brand on panel shows, but he's not a singer and his shows aren't exactly good either.
    Skuzzmo
    Brand is a twat....the sooner he ****s off our TV screens the better.
    smittyanthrax
    elvor0 wrote: smittyanthrax wrote: I bet he comes dressed like a tramp like every other event he turns up to.Vile creature as funny as testicular cancer. You've got some pretty funny ideas about what tramps wear, the hell do you live?
    Whatever he always look s like shit to me.
    nnb
    Zanos7 wrote: Olympic Booking Committee could have picked some of the following to show what Britain has to offer: Black Sabbath Judas Priest Iron Maiden Venom Motorhead Def Leppard Deep Purple (RIP Jon Lord) Led Zeppelin The Rolling Stones David Bowie Pink Floyd (yeah right haha) Radiohead The Prodigy Nah **** it lets go with Russel Brand...
    Problem none of the bands on that list that I know of have "mainstream" appeal in both image and musical style.