So where’s the love where’s the love where’s the love where’s the love where’s the love tonight?
But there’s no love man there’s no love and the kids are uptight
“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.
‘LCD Soundsystem were skilled and thoughtful interpreters of others’ work, usually on B-sides, limited releases or the live stage; you don’t need to search hard to find a shoegazey take on Siouxsie and the Banshees’ Slowdive, a committed but oddly Americanised version of Joy Division’s No Love Lost, and recent tributes to Bowie and Prince at Coachella with “Heroes” and Controversy, respectively. However, the last track that the first incarnation of the group officially released – until the sweet but featherlight balladry of Christmas Will Break Your Heart heralded their comeback in December 2015 – was this cover of Carl Craig’s irresistible 1994 second wave Detroit techno beat, first issued by Craig under his Paperclip People alias. A near-instrumental precisely 10 minutes long, it maintained the irresistible, train-like momentum of the original and grafted on a winningly ludicrous falsetto from Murphy towards the finale. Released as a bonus track on This Is Happening, it was awarded the ultimate kudos when Craig reissued it on his own Planet E label, placing LCD Soundsystem among a catalogue that includes such fellow North American electronic visionaries as Moodymann and Kevin Saunderson.’
See you on the sweet spot… 🙂
‘1.Begin – Elate.
2. /05:00/ -Floorplan – We Magnify His Name?
3. /07:59/ Young Marco Darwin In Bhia.
4./12:27/ Chicago Transit Authority “I’m a Man” (Rub’n’Tug Edit).
5./20:00/ Monsieur D – Hot Love (Noid)
6./24:30/ Virgo Four It’s a Crime ( Caribou Remix ).
7./30:54/ Pixeltan – Yamearena.
8. /35:00/ Weekend Express – Going to Chicago.
9./40:46/ Todd Terje – Ragysh.
10. /46:00/ David Bowie “Without You”.’