The music of LCD Soundsystem could be catagorized as something like dance-punk-electronic-pop-indie-rocktastic. Led by the clever and often self-effacing James Murphy, this is music with a dance-demanding beat and lyrics that will make you laugh and think once you settle down. Murphy began the group in 2002 with the witty, wordy eight-minute single “Losing My Edge.”He describes this tune as “an athem” to growing older and realizing that musical styles change with generations. Check out the song (and watch Murphy get slapped in the face for eight minutes) below:
LCD Soundsytem released a self-titled double album in 2005, to much critical acclaim. The first song, “Daft Punk is Playing at My House” quickly gained popularity, particularly in the UK. The album and the song were both nominated for Grammy awards that year. Try to listen to this song without moving at all; it’s hard!
In 2007, the band released Sound of Silver to more critical acclaim. Why? Because it is awesome! This album retained the bouncy dance feel of older songs, while making a succesful leap to straight-up rock; all the while retaining the sound that is undeniably, uniquely LCD.
Evidence that Murphy does the melodic just as well as dance-punk:
Here’s a song from the same album that will make you want to move and groove:
This is Happening just came out a few months ago, and is amazing! (We think so, anyway) The music itself is filled with fun drums and weird little beeps that will not allow you to sit still, while the lyrics are honest and insightful. Here, the single “Drunk Girls” describes with wit and humor the difference between “drunk girls” and “drunk boys”:
Another great tune, “Dance Yourself Clean”:
You really should just listen to the whole thing.