LCD Soundsystem – All My Friends

“I kind of vowed not to make personal music,” Murphy told the AV Club of the group’s earliest years. “You’re in a rock band singing about your life, your feelings. It seems pretty yawny in a lot of ways.” By Sound of Silver this edict was out of the window, contributing to All My Friends taking its place as possibly their masterpiece. Sonically it’s irresistible, a single, eager, excitable piano riff that careers through the song, joined in quick succession by a growling bassline and a serrated guitar riff that might have been played by Peter Hook and Bernard Sumner, then a Neu!-like synth wail. But it’s the lyrics that really make the thing: excited for the night ahead, nostalgic for heady times past in the face of encroaching middle age, and resonating with the power of great pop music to frame a time and grant the illusion of staving off mortality. “And if the sun comes up / And I still don’t wanna stagger home,” croons Murphy urgently, inspiring a hot sweat, “then it’s the memory of our betters / That are keeping us on our feet.” In 2013, Stereogum made it the subject of a feature entitled “Deconstructing LCD Soundsystem’s All My Friends and Trying to Define the Best Song of the Millennium” – which was over-eager, but it wasn’t hard to see where they were coming from.

https://www.theguardian.com/music/musicblog/2016/may/11/lcd-soundsystem-10-of-the-best-james-murphy

http://www.stereogum.com/1469481/deconstructing-lcd-soundsystems-all-my-friends-and-trying-to-define-the-best-song-of-the-millennium/franchises/deconstructing/

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