What is it that truly defines a winner? Is it about being the best, doing your best or besting the others? The Olympic games of course are all about the second: no matter how you rank, all that matters is the spirit of sportsmanship. Of course one would prefer to win, but already getting to compete in such an event is a victory in itself.
The first song this week is the new single by British duo the Pet Shop Boys. Not only is it fitting for their nationality, but also for its title ('Winner') and its video, which speaks out a great message.
Pet Shop Boys - Winner
Real life of course is something else, but the Olympic games are a great occasion to remind ourselves that maybe a world in which our most basic human nature can be abated in favour of a more humane nature is possible. At least for a month or so.
They are also an occasion for world-famous artists to provide their own take on the sporting world. Yet another British duo that needs no presentation, The Chemical Brothers, has produced this great track in honour of the track cycling events of these games (and the new enormous velodrome that was built in London for the occasion). It is filled with everything I love of The Chemical Brothers and it also heavily hints to Kraftwerk (remember 'Autobahn'? Not to mention 'Tour de France'...), which is definitely a good thing.
The Chemical Brothers - Theme Fom Velodrome
There is another 'British' occurrence this week: one year ago Amy Winehouse was found dead in her apartment in London. A great example of how being considered a winner doesn't, in the end, matter much. Maybe because the whole world saw her as such but she did not.
"Over futile odds
And laughed at by the gods
And now the final frame
Love is a losing game"
Amy Winehouse – Love is a Losing Game