LCD Soundsystem – Losing My Edge

28th February 2024 · 2000s, 2005, Dance, Disco, Music

LCD Soundsystem made their debut in 2005 with this satirical send-up of the cool kids and what they were listening to over an electronic dance rhythm blending punk and disco.

Unlike my cooler friends, I never really “got” LCD Soundsystem beyond a feeling that I ought to like them because whenever I saw them they appeared to have a front man almost as old and fat as me. But this is hilarious.

James Murphy always seemed as if he’d wandered onstage with a cool band and found himself the unwitting centre of attention. Especially on this song.

He’s said it was inspired by his own surprise at finding that his experience as a DJ had made him “kind of cool for a moment, which was a total anomaly.”

That’s exactly what their debut single Losing My Edge is about – it’s a coolly detached dissection of what it is to be cool – or at least to be “cool” in the eyes of hipsters – over a filthy electronic beat, filled with preposterous brags (“I was there at the first Can show in Cologne… the first Suicide practices in New York… the first guy playing Daft Punk to the rock kids at CBGBs”).

Murphy has said it was inspired by his fear when he heard other DJs playing similar music to his own (Can, Liquid Liquid, ESG) that his new-found coolness was going to go away, “

The band he formed in Brooklyn with a line-up of Murphy on vocals, Nancy Whang on synths, keyboards and vocals, Tyler Pope on bass, guitar and synth, Al Doyle on guitar and synth, Matt Thornley on guitar and synth

I’m not sure I really noticed them until they released their later single, Daft Punk Is Playing At My House, and I never really followed their activity. But this is just great.