LCD Soundsystem's James Murphy on Sound Opinions

December 7, 2010

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James Murphy of LCD Soundsystem

As the frontman of LCD Soundsystem, James Murphy has made some of Sound Opionions' Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot’s favorite records of the past decade. So we thank him for that. We also thank him for getting everyone to dance again, despite not being your traditional lead singer.

The regular ol' guy started as an indie rocker, but later fell in love with dance music, which he says has a point: to move. He co-founded the DFA label, or Death from Above, with Tim Goldsworthy, and their roster would go on to include The Juan Maclean, The Rapture, and Hot Chip, among others. After releasing some buzzworthy singles and 12 inches, LCD Soundystem put out 3 critically acclaimed albums: the self-titled debut in 2005, Sound of Silver in 2007 and This Is Happening which became a Billboard Top 10 hit this year. Jim and Greg talk to Murphy about getting older in a business that values the young, and how he could’ve taken a whole other path: as a writer for Seinfeld.

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Songs featured include:

LCD Soundsystem, “All I Want” The London Sessions, DFA, 2010
Bill Lynch, “This is the Theme to Garry’s Show” 1986
Jonathan Wolff, “Seinfeld Theme” 1989
LCD Soundsystem, “Movement” LCD Soundsystem , DFA, 2005
LCD Soundsystem, “Losing My Edge” LCD Soundsystem, DFA, 2005
LCD Soundsystem, “Too Much Love” LCD Soundsystem, DFA, 2005
LCD Soundsystem, “Give It Up” LCD Soundsystem, DFA, 2005
The Stooges, “Loose” Fun House, Elektra, 1970
LCD Soundsystem, “Beat Connection” LCD Soundsystem, DFA, 2005
LCD Soundsystem, “Daft Punk Is Playing At My House” LCD Soundsystem, DFA, 2005
LCD Soundsystem, “Tribulations” LCD Soundsystem, DFA, 2005
The B-52’s, “Rock Lobster” The B-52’s, Warner Bros.. 1979
LCD Soundsystem, “North American Scum” Sound Of Silver, DFA, 2007
LCD Soundsystem, “New York, I Love You But You’re Bringing Me Down” Sound Of Silver, DFA, 2007
LCD Soundsystem, “All My Friends” Sound Of Silver, DFA, 2007
LCD Soundsystem, “Home” This Is Happening, DFA, 2010