LCD Soundsystem was an NYC-based sort of dance-punkband thing that was the project of James Murphy, who plays most, if not all instruments on the records. For the sake of the sanity of this article, the project will be referred to as a band so the word "they" will be used.They got their start in 2002 when Murphy released a handful of singles that got decent radio airplay on underground stations. After these successes he got a few musicians to collaborate with him, wrote a Self-Titled Album and LCD Soundsystem was born. Then, in 2007 Sound of Silver was released to critical acclaim, appearing on many year-end and decade-end album charts. Then finally Murphy announced a possible end to the project, with a "final" album titled This Is Happening being released. Once again, the critics drooled and the album found itself on more lists. Their Out with a Bang final concert, which among other extravagances had the highly influential 80's Post-Punk band Liquid Liquid as an opening act and the Arcade Fire singing backup vocals, proved to everyone that James Murphy was actually ending the project.Their music is part of the movement in indie music known as "dance-punk". However, they are probably one of the bands that come closer to the "dance" side of that subgenre than with the "punk" aspect. Strangely, despite Murphy's vocals lacking the snarl of the other artists in the subgenre, it still works and qualifies.Murphy writes ninety percent of the music himself but normally brings in "guest" musicians to play everything out during recording. Every now and then he records on his own as well, pulling off an I Am the Band image. He's seen on stage with his fellow colleagues as well as by himself with just his synthesizer, so whether or not those other people are considered "part of the band" still sparks debate between fans.The band are known for Murphy's distinctive voice as well as the clever wordplay involved in their lyrics ("Drunk girls know that love is an astronaut / It comes back but it's never the same," for example).LCD Soundsystem's best-known songs are "All My Friends," "Losing My Edge," "North American Scum," "Drunk Girls," and "Daft Punk Is Playing at My House."Studio Albums:
LCD Soundsystem (2005)
Sound of Silver (2007)
This Is Happening (2010)
EPs, Live Albums, and Remix Albums
Introns (Remix album, 2006)
45:33 EP (2006)
A Bunch of Stuff (Remix EP, 2007)
Confuse the Marketplace EP (2007)
45:33 Remixes (Remix album, 2009)
The London Sessions (Live album, 2010)
These following tropes are losing their edge:
Album Title Drop: "Sound of silver talk to me" in the title track to Sound of Silver
Friends Rent Control: Inverted in "North American Scum": "New York's the greatest if you get someone to pay the rent."
Hipster: Deconstructed in "Losing My Edge." The singer was an indie DJ back in the 60's and 70's. Now, everything that was underground when he played it is being co-opted by "art-school Brooklynites in little jackets and borrowed nostalgia for the unremembered eighties." By the end, he's in a name-dropping battle rattling off every group in his vinyl collection to prove his relevance..
Inaction Video: The video for "Drunk Girls" hangs a lampshade on this trope. A low budget was given to a bunch of people to buy whatever costumes and props they wanted in order to use any means necessary to distract and make the band screw up while they were calmly performing, a notable difference from the usual Inaction Video where the band doesn't acknowledge their surroundings.
Jossed: "Tribulations" has "dumb rock lyrics" according to James Murphy, but can be interpreted to favor both conventional and unconventional wisdom about society, or something entirely different. However, Murphy's seriousness in interviews varies greatly.
Last Note Nightmare: "Get Innocuous!" is a fairly mellow and danceable song, but ends on some pretty dissonant strings that wouldn't sound out of place in a horror movie.
List Song: "Losing My Edge." "Movement" kind of counts too, what with all the "it's like" comparisons.
Long Title: "Never As Tired As When I'm Waking Up," "New York I Love You But You're Bringing Me Down."
Precision F-Strike: "If I could fuck you here tonight" from "Never As Tired As When I'm Waking Up," "You don't know shit about where I'm from" and "what's it called? Oh, fuck it" from "Pow Pow," "Who has put up with all of your shit" from "All I Want."
Politically Correct: The record label James Murphy owns, Death From Above Records, was changed post-9/11 because it was probably not a good idea for a label based in New York City to be called that. It's now just "DFA Records."