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London 2012 closing ceremonies: The '80s moments

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Tell the naysayers to lighten up: I loved the opening and closing ceremonies of the London 2012 Summer Olympic Games. Partly because I'm a sucker for attempts at bringing people together instead of pulling them apart. (Can this election season not end soon enough? I'm about ready to pull a Brewster's Million and vote "none of the above.") And because, obviously, it was full of '80s moments from some of our favorite acts. And before you ask: No, I didn't watch the Spice Girls reunion. Why would I? Proof enough that the '90s were musically impotent.

Biggest disappointment: No David Bowie appearance. Though, let's face it: Lip syncing to one of his classics is probably beneath him. Favorite moment: A video of the late Freddie Mercury leading the crowd in a singalong. Here are some others:

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Madness was another nice surprise. Never get tired of Our House. Come on guys, tour the U.S. again!

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The British love the Pet Shop Boys and West End Girl. Even if the rest of the world doesn't quite get it.

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You knew that George Michael wasn't sitting this one out. Freedom was a great pick.

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Annie Lennox shows again why acts like Madonna and Lady Gaga are just second rate.

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Torn feelings on Queen's appearance. Always great to see Roger and Brian. But Jessie J? George Michael could have handled the lyrics MUCH better. And why not perform We Are The Champions?

Photos: Getty Images

[Last modified: Monday, August 13, 2012 2:10pm]

    

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