Day 332: LCD Soundsystem – This Is Happening

26 Jan

Drunk Girls

I was listening to my (now-massive) Swole Ear iTunes library the other day, when a track by LCD Soundsystem came on.  Remember Day 62?  Remember how bad of a writer I was?  Granted, I’m not much better now, but I reread that post while prepping for today’s, and it actually caused me physical pain.

It’s not just my writing that is extremely flawed—I discovered that my opinions were as well.  I’ve changed my mind, and decided that Sound of Silver is an awesome record. I feel that I need make up for that terrible post, and that I should try to write some wrongs.  Get it? Oh man, I should go jump off of a bridge for that one.

All terrible puns aside, LCD Soundsystem’s final record, This Is Happening, clicked with me immediately.  James Murphy’s voice has gone from whiney and annoying to unique and endearing in my mind, and I now appreciate his ability to work commentary, humor, and great lyrics—a rare triple threat—into many of his songs.   For proof of this, I direct you to the nine-minute-long “You Wanted A Hit,” a song with lines entirely about Murphy’s issues with the music industry and humanity as a whole. Looking at the lyrics now, it’s hard to find a few lines that work well out of context…you’ve got to trust me on this, though—it’s quite a song.

On second thought, you may be a little hesitant to trust me, given my track record with things like this.  For that reason, I provide you with a link to the song—hear for yourself.  James Murphy, I’m sorry that I wronged you.


2 Responses to “Day 332: LCD Soundsystem – This Is Happening”

  1. White Chops January 26, 2012 at 9:38 pm #

    Mr. Ear, I thought that you were a little hard on LCD so it is nice that you came around on them. Personally, I like “Daft Punk Is Playing At My House” better than I like Daft Punk. Thank you for linking to Drunk Girls. I have to mention something that you did not mention, particularly because you raised the early days of Swoleear and changing your mind about a band. You do realize that “Drunk Girls” is a re-work of the Velvet Underground’s “White Light/White Heat”, right? My recollection is that you hated on that album pretty mercilessly. Time to give “Loaded” a try?

  2. Darrell dunn January 27, 2012 at 12:55 am #

    I liked both songs linked.

    Never trash your writing. There are always plenty of other people more than willing to do it for you if you let them. Find something you can build on in everything you to take time to put together.

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