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LCD Soundsystem

LCD Soundsystem debuted with "Losing My Edge," a single that became one of the most talked-about indie releases of 2002. A self-effacing spoof of the outrageous pissing contests that often occur whenever music geeks cross paths ("I was there at the first Can show in Cologne," etc.) laid over a puttering electronic beat with the occasional bursts of discoid clatter, the track was also one of the first released on the DFA label. Several magazines and newspapers would eventually declare James Murphy, the man behind both LCD Soundsystem and DFA, to be one of the coolest people on the planet.

Years of obscurity and the occasional poor decision preceded this. Just before Murphy began to cut his teeth throughout the '90s, first as a member of Pony (an average post-hardcore band with heavy debts to its inspirations) and then with Speedking (a much stronger, more unique band), he passed up the opportunity to write for the popular sitcom Seinfeld. All the time spent toiling in indie rock took a toll on Murphy, but he built his own studio and became increasingly adept at engineering and producing other bands. While working on David Holmes' Bow Down to the Exit Sign, he struck up a relationship with programmer/producer Tim Goldsworthy that developed into a partnership. By the end of 2002, there were several releases on Murphy and Goldsworthy's DFA label, most of which involved the duo in some capacity. LCD's "Losing My Edge," backed with an excellent neo-post-punk dance track called "Beat Connection," was one of them.

Murphy eventually scattered three other LCD singles through the end of 2004 and released the full-length LCD Soundsystem in January 2005. At the time of its release, the DFA label was more popular than ever; Murphy and Goldsworthy had remixes for Metro Area, N.E.R.D., Le Tigre, and Junior Senior behind them, as well as failed sessions with Britney Spears that might have benefited from an interpreter. Janet Jackson was another unlikely admirer seeking the duo's assistance, but Murphy didn't bother to follow up on her request.

Murphy did respond to Nike, who commissioned him to record a lengthy piece of music as part of a promotion. 45:33, released in October 2006, was aimed at joggers, but Murphy later confessed that he didn't jog himself -- mixed martial arts were more his thing, he claimed -- and was driven by the opportunity to make something in the vein of Manuel Göttsching's early-'80s electronic landmark E2-E4. (DFA would later issue 45:33 on CD, breaking the track into six parts and adding three additional cuts.)

The second proper LCD Soundsystem album, Sound of Silver, was released in March 2007. It contained Murphy's most affecting songwriting and peaked within the Top 50 of the Billboard 200. Led by the single "Drunk Girls" and an accompanying Spike Jonze-directed video, LCD Soundsystem's third studio album, This Is Happening, was released three years later. Riding high on the acclaim the album garnered, the band toured the world with fellow dance-pop group Hot Chip for much of 2010. While in London on June 29th of that year, the group recorded a full-band session at Miloco Studio. The freewheeling recording of the show was released by DFA as London Sessions in January of 2011. Right around this time Murphy announced that he was retiring the LCD Soundsystem name. The band played a farewell show at a sold-out Madison Square Garden in New York on April 2, 2011, and released the set the following year as The Long Goodbye: LCD Soundsystem Live at Madison Square Garden. ~ Andy Kellman & Tim Sendra, Rovi
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Bye Bye Bayou (Radio Single)

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Track List: Drunk Girls (Radio Single)

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Track List: North American Scum [Radio Single]

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Track List: The Long Goodbye (Lcd Soundsystem Live At Madison Square Garden)

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jackiedavis3 5 5 1
Definitely one of the best bands ive ever heard. They are very unique and have their own sound like Beck or 311. I really like their percussion
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Where are your friends tonight?
Everyone should check out LCD video with the Muppets playing 'Dance Yrself Clean' at Brighton Beach).... Will def make you smile!!
You are so slow
I have been alseep at the wheel. I JUST discovered this band - live concert DVD and was blown away. How did I miss this, especially since I am a Talking Head and LCD is a shoot from that flower! Great stuff!
This is heaven.
evan.richard . p
This is one of the greatest bands
tdjackson6
I had everything before anyone.

Makes me laugh everytime.
For those of you saying the bio is incorrect, you are wrong. The say it a little strangely, but they do say that Drunk Girls was a part of This is Happening: Led by the single Drunk Girls and an accompanying Spike Jonze-direct e d video, LCD Soundsystem' s third studio album, This Is Happening, was released three years later.
burkify
@evenrude44 you are exactly what the bio is talking about. (A self-effacin g spoof of the outrageous pissing contests that often occur whenever music geeks cross paths) (I was there at the first Can show in Cologne, etc.) To cool for school.
massaro_matt
I heard he has a compilation of every good song ever done by anybody.
Rats live on no evil star
You're right baker_kro. Who cares how many people are fans now. It doesn't diminish the artist's work. Some people want to be exclusive and different than anyone else and claim that they were hip before anyone else discovered something. Please. Just enjoy the tunes man.
it's the kind of music that you have to either turn off or turn up
baker_kro
@evinrude44 You f**king hipster! Music doesn't become less good just because more people like it. Grow up.
Obviously you do?
evinrude44
I saw these guys perform before all of you saw them perform -- before they sold out! DYTIGAF?
s_pannier
A correction needs to be made: Drunk Girls is not actually on Sound of Silver, it's on This is Happening.
Saw them open for Daft Punk at Lollapalooza '07' awsome show!
The bio is incorrect. Drunk Girls was on This is Happening. The 2007 hit IMO was All My Friends.
My robot dancing is unreal!!.... . . or am i a real robot who thinks he is a human dancing the robot?? I've been doing the robot for so long, I don't remember ever moving any other way.......?? ?
more please
My absolute new favorite thing!
These guys were awesome; it sucks that they retired.
preciselylos t
LCD is like audible Prozac - if it does'nt make you happy, check your pulse... you're deceased.
All I know about these guys is they got about 50 thousand people to do synchronized dance moves at a festival last summer, which is pretty cool
vleon101
i was there when kesha played @ lalapazoola
hughescantlo s e
I'm in love with james murphy
Quite simply, my favorite thing right now, at this moment...
David Byrne reincarnatio n with violent femmes overtones. An excellent party starter or when you want to kick it up a notch. The distilled james brown with Rick James backups makes me want to jump back and kiss myself!
nolanriot
bawowowowaaa a w h w h h h w w w
maggots_and_ s u c h
you people make s**t up
yes!!!
East coast/west coast? Try !!! that's chk,chk,chk. Could be cousins.
dance yrself claaaaazeeen
Is there really anyone similar? Maybe Tom Vek? But who else?
ope_nch
jive turkey
tracyy33
See them live. Their recordings, while amazing, are nothing compared to the show.
it rocks you should try him
Gerhardt "Jerry" Fuchs, RIP 11/8/2009
mattsstuff
read all the pamphlets and watch the tapes
bobo4564
naxx is srs bznz......th i s band is also awesome
I forget how I found this band, but I am glad I did. Each song has very nice percussion, fused with electro/disc o , and vocals. A very fine band, I would recommend it to a variety of people.
mgelbman
Maybe cause they aren't at all similar to Spoon...
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