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Shut Up and Play the Hits

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A look at the last days of LCD Soundsystems - one of the most celebrated bands of its generation. NEW YORK Magazine called their final concert "a marvel of pure craft and TIME Magazine lamented "we may never dance again."

Shut Up and Play the Hits, a film immortalising the sweat-drenched final show of New York indie band LCD Soundsystem, doesn't need displays of rock star excess to make for compelling viewing, writes James Lachno.



Dir: Dylan Southern, Will Lovelace

This film immortalising the final live show in 2011 of influential New York indie band LCD Soundsystem proves 'rockumentaries' don’t need explosive fall-outs or displays of hedonism to make compelling viewing.

Produced by Dylan Southern and Will Lovelace, the team men behind acclaimed Blur documentary No Distance Left To Run, the film is as much about the group’s enigmatic 41-year-old leader James Murphy – who looks more like an unshaven accountant than a rock singer – as their four-hour finale at Madison Square Gardens.

Clips of the live performance are interpolated with amusing snippets of Murphy going about his daily business in the days prior, but the core of the film is an extended interview with him by American music essayist Chuck Klosterman. Murphy comes across as articulate and self-effacing as he grapples with the onset of middle age and his desire to settle down – a theme which increasingly replaced self-referential inside jokes in his lyrics over the course of the band's three albums.

LCD Soundsystem started in 2002 as his solo studio venture, so the focus on Murphy is understandable, but one wonders whether an outside perspective on the frontman, from his bandmates or his manager, might have offered additional insight.

Nevertheless, his cohorts are given their moment via the DVD extras, which include the group’s sweat-drenched swansong in its entirety. “If it’s a funeral, let’s have the best funeral ever,” is the documentary’s rallying cry – judging by the thrilling footage, this is precisely what they did.


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