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Shut Up and Play The Hits (Movie Review)


When LCD Soundsystem released Losing My Edge back in 2002, a song that completely rips the shit out of Hipsters and Internet taste-makers, James Murphy was 38 years old. He didn't have a band, nor did he actually want to have a band, he just wanted to make a record, put it out and be done with it. But, the inevitable happened, the Hipsters and taste-makers said that Losing My Edge was an absolutely fantastic record, and whilst I think that they are right, you'd be a fool not to spot the irony in this. 


Then the even more inevitable happened, James Murphy was unfortunately asked to play a show in London, and seeing as he really wanted to go to London (for some strange reason), he put a band together and played a party. After that, the parties got even more wild, and LCD Soundsystem quickly became a household name in the Indie circuit, the same place that he was taking the mickey out of on Losing My Edge.

Three brilliant albums later, James Murphy was 41 years old, and ready to retire from the band. This retirement didn't come as a surprise to me, seeing as after every album or tour he said that he was ready to leave music. But it was pretty brief. On Facebook someone posted something on my wall saying "This is the Webcast of LCD Soundsystem's last show at Madison Square Gardens!" You would think that seeing as I am a massive fan of this band, my reaction would be "Oh my god they're splitting up". Instead I was happy for James Murphy who obviously thought that a huge headline show at Madison Square Gardens would be the right place for a last show. 


A few days later, the YouTube clip was taken down that some cheeky bastard put up without the bands permission, and a documentary was announced. I've been looking forward to watching this documentary for ages and when my Mum & Dad brought it for me as a Christmas present, I spent the evening in my room watching it avidly (amongst family stuff, drinking and opening presents obviously, I'm not a sad bastard), and it definitely lived up to my expectations.

This documentary itself is a close up and personal portrayal of James Murphy, before and after the show. You've got some great footage of the show, and you've got a refreshingly intelligent interviewer asking questions every interviewer should ask. But unfortunately most interviewers ask artist the blandest questions they could think of ('what's your favourite colour'? 'did Daft Punk actually play at your house'? etc.)

All in all, this is a brilliant documentary and a great look at how band members get over their band splitting up and I would highly recommend it to anyone even if they are a fan of LCD Soundsystem or not.

 
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