SHUT UP AND PLAY THE HITS – AT C&F

Words: OWEN ROGERS
May 25, 2013

It was a low day for those LCD SOUNDSYSTEM fans, who took their music with a pinch of salt, when the group announced that they were hanging up their AC/DC power adapters for good. But a revered career, spanning nearly a decade, deserves to go out with a bang. So in the final death throws […]


It was a low day for those LCD SOUNDSYSTEM fans, who took their music with a pinch of salt, when the group announced that they were hanging up their AC/DC power adapters for good. But a revered career, spanning nearly a decade, deserves to go out with a bang. So in the final death throws of LCD’s bleepin’ awesome career came Shut up and Play the Hits. A film that shadows front man James Murphy in the 48 hours that surround the band’s last hoorah at Madison Square Garden.

Interspersed with a multitude of dynamic performances from the final show, the film captures the heartbreak and euphoria of all who were there to lay LCD to rest. The footage of Murphy before and after is painfully nostalgic. It’s tender and funny, exposing his jovial and hedonistic attitude towards music. Murphy’s reasons for imploding something so valuable are frustratingly human, and subsequently, viewing Shut Up and Play the Hits will render you a bigger LCD Soundsystem fan than you knew you could be.

Friday 14th of June will see a unique screening of the film as part of a cinematic club-night hybrid at Liverpool’s Camp and Furnace. It will be showed on the big screen, through big speakers. Standing, lights, smoke and dancing – as close to the real thing as you can get and all capped off by support from hair-raising local talent Mr Paul, Andrew Hill, Ellis and Lunar modular.

For those of you who couldn’t make it to New York.




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