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LCD Soundsystem, 2010

LCD Soundsystem is a New York City-based American dance-punk/rock band which was active from 2001 until its dissolution in 2011. During this time, they released three studio albums, LCD Soundsystem, Sound of Silver and This is Happening. The band resumed activity in the winter of 2015 with the release of "Christmas Will Break Your Heart", and subsequently released "call the police/american dream" and announced its fourth LP, "American Dream", for release on September 1st, 2017. It was founded by James Murphy, and is made up of James Murphy, Pat Mahoney, Phil Mossman, Tyler Pope & Nancy Whang + Matt Thornley, Al Doyle, David Ascot Stone, Gavin Russom, Jerry Fuchs, J.D. Mark, Phil Skarich, Justin Chearno & Korey Richey.[1]

Song lyrics[edit]

LCD Soundsystem (album) (2005)[edit]

  • Yeah, I'm losing my edge
    I'm losing my edge
    The kids
    Are coming up from behind
    • Losing My Edge
  • I was the first guy playing Daft Punk to the rock kids
    I played it at CBGB's
    Everybody thought I was crazy
    We all know
    I was there
    I was there
    I've never been wrong
    • Losing My Edge
  • Wasted and complacent
    And you about the same
    But still I want to get it
    On with you tonight
    • Never As Tired As When I'm Waking Up
  • It's like a culture
    Without the effort of all the culture
    It's like a movement
    Without the bother of the meaning
    It's like a discipline
    Without the discipline of all of the discipline
    • Movement
  • Here comes the report nothing to report see
    It's all the same
    It seems the punk rock as an experiment well
    It pulled up lame
    You got the fat guy in the T-Shirt
    Doing all the singing
    Straight to the drunk tank doing the research 'n
    Doing all the blame
    • Movement
  • Everybody keeps on talking about it
    Nobody's getting it done
    I'm tryin', tired, tired of listening, listening
    Knowing that the shit's gotta run
    • Yeah (Crass Version)
  • Your city's a sucker
    My city's a creep
    • Yr City's a Sucker

Sound of Silver (2007)[edit]

  • New York's the greatest if you get someone to pay the rent
    Wahoo! North America
    And it's the furthest you can live from the government uh huh huh
    Some fat American Christians might disagree
    Here in North America
    But New York's the only place we're keepin' them off the street
    Now we can't have parties like in Spain where they go all night
    Shut down in North America
    Or like Berlin where they go another night, alright, uh huh uh huh
    You see I love this place that I have grown to know
    Alright, North America
    And yeah, I know you wouldn't touch us with a ten-foot pole
    Cause we're North Americans
    • North American Scum
  • I wish that we could talk about it
    But there, that's the problem
    • Someone Great
  • The coffee isn't even bitter
    Because, what's the difference?
    • Someone Great
  • To tell the truth I saw it coming
    The way you were breathing
    But nothing can prepare you for it
    The voice on the other end
    • Someone Great
  • There's all the work that needs to be done
    It's late for revision
    There's all the time and all the planning
    And songs to be finished
    And it keeps coming
    And it keeps coming
    And it keeps coming until the day it stops
    • Someone Great
  • There shouldn't be this reign of silence
    But what are the options
    When someone great is gone?
    • Someone Great
  • It comes apart
    The way it does in bad films
    Except the part
    Where the moral kicks in
    • All My Friends
  • I wouldn't trade one stupid decision
    For another five years of life
    You drop the first ten years just as fast as you can
    And the next ten people who are trying to be polite
    When you're blowing eighty-five days in the middle of France
    Yeah, I know it gets tired, only where are your friends tonight?
    • All My Friends
  • All the good people wanna rescue
    All the small people wanna talk to you
    All the clever people wanna tell you
    All the little people wanna dance, it's true
    • Us v. Them
  • Us... and them. Over and over again.
    • Us v. Them
  • Like a rat in a cage
    Pulling minimum wage
    • New York, I Love You but You're Bringing Me Down
  • New York, you're perfect, oh, please don't change a thing
    Your mild billionaire mayor's now convinced he's a king.
    • New York, I Love You but You're Bringing Me Down

This is Happening (2010)[edit]

  • Talking like a jerk
    Except you are an actual jerk
    And living proof that sometimes friends are mean
    • Dance Yrself Clean
  • Present company excluded in every way
    Present company, makes me wanna stay
    • Dance Yrself Clean
  • Killing it with close inspection
    Killing it can only make it worse
    It sort of makes it breed
    • Dance Yrself Clean
  • I miss the way the night comes
    With friends who always make it feel good
    This basement has a cold glow
    Though it's better than a bunch of others
    • Dance Yrself Clean
  • We should try a little harder
    In the tedious march of the few
    Every day's a different warning
    There's a part of me hoping it's true
    • Dance Yrself Clean
  • Drunk girls know that love is an astronaut
    It comes back but it's never the same
    • Drunk Girls
  • You wanted a hit
    But maybe we don't do hits
    I try, and try
    It ends up
    Feeling kind of wrong
    • You Wanted a Hit
  • Cause you're afraid of what you need
    Yeah, you're afraid of what you need
    If you weren't, yeah you weren't
    Then I don't know what we'd talk about

    Yeah no one ever knows what you're talking about
    So i guess you're already there
    No one opens up when you scream and shout
    But it's time to make a couple things clear

    If you're afraid of what you need
    If you're afraid of what you need
    Look around you, you're surrounded
    It won't get any better

    And so, goodnight
    • Home

American Dream (2017)[edit]

  • Oh, the revolution was here
    That would set you free from those bourgeoisie
    In the morning everything's clearer
    When the sunlight exposes your age
    • american dream
  • Find the place where you can be boring
    Where you won't need to explain
    That you're sick in the head and you wish you were dead
    Or at least instead of sleeping here you prefer your own bed, come on
    You just suck at self-preservation
    Versus someone else's pain
    • american dream
  • He was leather and he was screaming
    Swinging chains against the stage
    And you couldn't have known he was leaving
    And now more will come with age
  • The old guys are frightened and frightening to behold
    • call the police
  • The early years were boring
    The quiet, unhappy punk
    See mother was a cripple and my father was a drunk but gentle man
    So we do the best we can
    This is the plan
    Wear your makeup like a man
    • call the police

Quotes about LCD Soundsystem[edit]

  • James and Tim were working together in the early, early part of it, but very quickly I think James thought, “I can do this programming. Actually it doesn’t look that difficult. I can figure that out.” He figured it out and then pretty much shut the door on everyone.
    • Phil Mossman, in Meet Me in the Bathroom by Lizzy Goodman (2017)[2]
  • My career as a front man was accidental. […] At some point it dawned on me that I had to do it. If I thought it was such a good idea for the Rapture to go with us to EMI, then I had to do it myself. I had to show that I meant it. I thought, “If I sit here and complain about how bullshit their leaving is and do nothing, I’m just as guilty. I can play, I can engineer, I can sing and do all the instruments, and if I can’t make something good from all that, then, tough shit for me.” I went to EMI and said, “I have a band now.”
    • James Murphy, in Meet Me in the Bathroom by Lizzy Goodman (2017)[2]
  • The thing that makes pop music so great is the way it parallel-parks on the bleeding edge of cool: nothing could be better at this moment than this beat, this feeling, this chorus. It takes something ephemeral and impossible, and for three to four exhilarating minutes, it makes it accessible and real. “Losing My Edge” is a song that’s already bled out. It sticks its nose in all the parts you’re supposed to ignore: jealousy, resentment, sarcasm, age. But it’s not obnoxious in the way “funny” music often is. The real trick is that it’s hitting you while it’s heckling you—the song bangs, even if the vocalist is a crank. I still don’t quite know how he did it. Most breakthrough singles are about first love. “Losing My Edge” is about first loss. And the second. And the third. And etc. etc. until everyone is just a jaded music critic in the bar right after the ugly light switches on. And you’re dancing too much to care.
  • Do I like that track? No, I hate it, to be honest, because I know the things that are being ripped off. “Losing My Edge” is a direct rip-off of a Killing Joke track. Directly. I hate it because it’s devalued those tracks. Tracks which I love I can’t listen to anymore.
  • There’s nothing wishy-washy with James. He has epiphanies on accident. And they’re very clear, obvious things, but quite amazing, really. He said to me, “I woke up in the middle of the night, and I have an idea for the second record. It has to be better than the first one.” Totally simplistic but he actualized it. Sound of Silver was huge.
    • Phil Mossman, in Meet Me in the Bathroom by Lizzy Goodman (2017)[2]
  • Originally, there was also a plan where Tim would help James make his first record, produced by the DFA. James went to that residential farm in Massachusetts. A studio farm. They had nice gear; it is very residential and chill out there. James went for like three weeks. Tim, in great Tim fashion, protested this LCD project and said, “I’m not going to the farm and I don’t want to help you. Go do it yourself.” […] I didn’t say this to him, but I was thinking, “What are you doing? You’re blowing it, dude. That’s another train that’s leaving. You should be part of that, even if you’re just in the room. What are you going to fucking do here for six weeks? Go sit on a farm! Go twiddle knobs up in Massachusetts.” He didn’t want to do it. Didn’t want to give James the satisfaction of, like, “Okay, this one is for you.” It was very selfish.
    • Jonathan Galkin, in Meet Me in the Bathroom by Lizzy Goodman (2017)[2]
  • I knew it was the last record. I just felt: three and out. With punk bands, the first three are good and the rest suck. Did I think I’d start to suck? I’m not in charge of that. I was thinking about Little Creatures by Talking Heads. That’s their biggest record and I don’t like that record. And that’s a band I love. What would be the point of continuing? I like to fight. I’m an underdog by nature and I like to be fighting. I don’t make music for myself. I make music to fight.
    • James Murphy, in Meet Me in the Bathroom by Lizzy Goodman (2017)[2]
  • Some bands say, “I don’t care if people listen.” And I was like, “Well, what’s the fucking point of that?” To me it’s all about communication. I wanted it to be personal, but we were pretty ambitious. I was just getting out of my indie rut.
    • James Murphy, in Meet Me in the Bathroom by Lizzy Goodman (2017)[2]
  • I just remember, within a certain amount of time after seeing MSG on his routing sheet, he said, “Did I tell you? I think it’s going to be the final show.” That’s pretty much how it happened. “You know what? Let’s just end it there.” It’s almost like he backed himself into the myth. I mean, what’s more rock and roll than Madison Square Garden and a mic drop?
    • Jonathan Galkin, in Meet Me in the Bathroom by Lizzy Goodman (2017)[2]

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  2. a b c d e f g h i Goodman, Elizabeth (May 23, 2017). Meet Me in the Bathroom. New York, NY: HarperCollins. ISBN 978-0-06-223309-7.