LCD Soundystem’s development culminated in their last ever gig at Madison square gardens, whilst they were still at the peak of their careers.
Fortunately this gig was heavily documented and released as feature documentary “Shut Up and play the Hits” which followed front man, producer and musician James Murphy on the 3 days surrounding the gig. The Bonus feature on the release of the Blu-ray was the entire 29 song strong live show which features “You Can’t Hide” my track of the week.
Originally the opening to “45:33” a continuous track on a single CD “You Can’t Hide” was a bit rough arround the edges. But performed live It sums up what LCD manged to do best, apply their unique synth punk aesthetic over another genre. What starts as a arpeggiated synth line breaks into classic disco and the vocal mix of James Murphy and Reggie Watts is magical.
Unfortunately I was late to the party with LCD, only picking up on them seriously after they disbanded. In hindsight LCD soundsytem are a seminal act, Marking the turning point of american music. The integration of synthesis in modern rock, The development of the producer as a frontman and the proliferation of dance influencing mainstream american music are all evident here. LCD were a bellweather for things to come, filling a gap that music needed and all done with Murphy’s over analytical and witty lyrics in songs like “loosing my edge” which seem do define a generation. Their legacy will live on through many acts and the DFA Label which Murphy fronts.