Artist of the Week: Fuck Buttons

Danny Boyle’s Olympic Opening Ceremony featured a lot of Great Britain’s most famous music, selected by himself and musical director Rick Smith from Underworld. Songs by Arctic Monkeys, David Bowie, Pet Shop Boys, The Chemical Brothers and others represented the fact that Britain has given the world more good music than most other contries in the world. Well, that was to be expected. One band though was featured that I did not expect to see on the score – not only because of its mildly inappropriate name: Fuck Buttons.

Fuck Buton’s track “Olympians” from their 2009 album “Tarot Sport” invites this use by its name, of course. And it wasn’t the original version (above) that was played, but a remix by Underworld’s collaborator and friend Lincoln Barrett aka “High Contrast”. But the F Buttons – as they are called on the ceremony tracklist – are nonetheless a bold choice, as they have accumulated critical acclaim with their two albums, but their ten minute electronic instrumental tracks aren’t really radio material. Well, ATP Recordings put out radio edits too – but Fuck Buttons really ought to be enjoyed at full length.

Fuck Buttons are Andrew Hung and Benjamin John Power. They gained first attention at 2007’s ATP, and some more then by keeping up the quality of their drum and synth driven jams over two albums in the following years, as well as remixing and supporting Mogwai on their 2008 tour. Powers puts out solo tracks under the name “Blanck Mass” and one of those was covered by the London Symphony Orchestra during the ceremony, too. Well done, Danny and Rick!

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