Tom: If you hear the words “Official Olympic Torch Relay Song”, I’m guessing your reaction would be the same as mine: automatically cringing.
Tim: And, erm, ‘Spinnin’? Really?
Tom: Now let’s add to that an unnecessary rap bit.
Tim: Well, naturally.
Tom: Can even Dionne Bromfield – her of the incredible neo-Motown voice – save this?
Tom: …er, well yes, it appears she can.
Tim: Official Tim reaction: ehh.
Tom: I was expecting something a bit more, well, Brittas Empire. Okay, so it’s all worthy, and the video clearly ticks all the ‘approved by the Olympic organisers’ boxes – British car, shots of London, torch images, street dance groups, and so on.
Tim: With the obligatory Union Jack dress. Well, obligatory since a certain girl band arrived.
Tom: I just didn’t expect the song to be good. It’s not going to get anyone dancing in the streets, but equally – and I can’t believe I’m saying this – except for that appalling middle eight, it’s not a national embarrassment.
Tim: I quite like that bit – the whole ‘music is healing’, everybody getting on nicely idea. Makes me realises that we are Great Britain, a GREAT country. Huzzah!