LCD Soundsystem

Formed 2001. Disbanded 2 April 2011.
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James Murphy in conversation with Nemone

Nemone talks to James Murphy about LCD Soudsystem's final gig and their documentary Shut Up and Play the Hits, which follows the story of the band as they play their last performance.

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LCD Soundsystem was an American dance-punk band from New York City. It was fronted by singer-songwriter and producer James Murphy, co-founder of record label DFA Records. The group released three critically acclaimed albums: their eponymous debut (2005), Sound of Silver (2007) and This Is Happening (2010); the last brought them commercial success, charting in the Top 10 of the Billboard 200 and the UK Albums Chart. The band is a three-time Grammy Award nominee.

On February 5, 2011, a statement was posted on the band's website that announced its disbandment following a farewell concert, which took place on April 2, 2011, at Madison Square Garden. The farewell concert is chronicled in the documentary film Shut Up and Play the Hits. Their last televised performance was on February 14, 2011, on The Colbert Report.

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BBC Reviews

  1. Review of This Is Happening

    This Is Happening 2010

    Reviewed by Chris Power
    Despite occasional flashes of brilliance this is a patchy, derivative work.
  2. Review of Sound Of Silver

    Sound Of Silver 2007

    Reviewed by Martin Longley
    Murphy manages to translate harsh, neurotically discordant punk-funk values into a...
  3. Review of LCD Soundsystem

    LCD Soundsystem 2005

    Reviewed by Matt Harvey
    ...much more engaging than the music he's produced for other people.
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