On Thursday October 8th this week, Consequence of Sound boldly declared “This Is Happening: James Murphy will reunite LCD Soundsystem in 2016.” It was a notion that was both puzzling and exciting in equal measure. All the reasons that James Murphy gave for ending the band in 2011 seemed genuine, legitimate and sensible. He wanted to go out on top and besides, touring was taking its toll on him more and more, much as he enjoyed it. He also said at one point that most bands don’t make more than three good records, something which never occurred to me before, but it’s actually a depressing truism. It all came to a halt with a grand gesture: One final show at New York’s Madison Square Garden on April 2nd, 2011. There followed a documentary, a 3 disc blu ray and DVD set of the documentary and the gig itself, and even a 5 disc vinyl box-set of the last show. So after such a seemingly final closing point to their career, why would James Murphy bring the band back a mere 5 years later? Well, according to Kris Peterson, one of the heads of DFA records (the label co-owned by Murphy,) it’s not happening. Confusingly, DFA’s official Twitter retweeted the news, to which Peterson explained was because it was funny. Nonetheless, Consequence of Sound updated their original article confirming Peterson’s denial of the reunion, but stood by their original report. It certainly got people talking, with LCD Soundsystem trending on Twitter within 2 hours of COS’s post.
While we wait in hope to see if anything comes of the alleged reunion Now that the reunion tour and new album (!) are both confirmed, here’s a look back at some of the best songs of LCD Soundsystem’s relatively brief, but still dazzling career. 18 songs that marry the genres of rock and dance music in a way only LCD can.
Daft Punk Is Playing At My House
North American Scum
Jump Into the Fire (Harry Nilsson Cover)
Watch the Tapes
All I Want
Yr City’s a Sucker
Dance Yrself Clean
Losing My Edge
Freak Out/Starry Eyes
Us v Them
Yeah (Crass Version)
New York I Love You, But You’re Bringing Me Down