[midlife 150] #118: lcd soundsystem “losing my edge”

July 26, 2010

Cover for Losing My Edge by LCD Soundsystem

#118 Losing My Edge by LCD Soundsystem, single, 2002 (available as a bonus track on LCD Soundsystem[buy from Amazon.co.uk]

LCD Soundsystem is James Murphy, the New Jersey-born DJ/musician and co-founder (with former UNKLE member Tim Goldsworthy) of the DFA record label. As such, you can hold him almost wholly responsible for the post/funk/dance-punk revival of the 2000s. Taking everything into account, this is a Good Thing.

Losing My Edge is an eight-minute floor-pounder parodying Murphy’s own indignation that – as a DJ of impeccable avant-disco taste – ‘his’ records, ‘his’ discoveries, were finding their way into younger peers’ sets. It’s a knowing jab at the very post-modern concept of taste having a value equal to, if not greater than, skill or experience.

Names, places and scenes – covering everything Murphy, starting with this song, helped reintroduce to the 21st century’s musical innocents – are read out like heirlooms bequeathed in a will. The words overlay what remains the definitive second-generation dance-punk bass/drums riff (an accolade not to be dismissed lightly).

At the time it was released, Losing My Edge‘s power was such that it made the listener – whoever that was, even me – feel, and almost be, cool. Eight years on it still has the same (perhaps slightly diminished) effect. Being that hip for that long has to be some kind of record.

This review is part of close to 94 ‘s [midlife 150] series, which counts down favourite music 1970-2009.


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