Last night, NBC cut Ray Davies’ performance of “Waterloo Sunset” out of its opening broadcast of the Closing Ceremony of the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. It’s only, what, one of the most beautiful pop songs ever recorded about London? Yeah, the #NBCfail was going hard last night.
Anyway, this will almost certainly be pulled down by NBC, the International Olympic Committee or Universal Records, but someone obviously watching somewhere other than the United States put a camera against his or her television last night and recorded Davies’ appearance. It’s not the most elegant video, and the sound is a bit fuzzed, but it’s still obvious that this was a stirring moment that was omitted from the U.S. broadcast because, I dunno, that new NBC sitcom starring a monkey, Nick Swisher’s wife, and that schmuck from Weeds needed a special preview.
Enjoy it while it lasts: