Cinematography is one of the most male-dominated roles in filmmaking. Furthermore, not a single female has ever been nominated by…
Shut Up and Play the Hits
The Very Loud Ending Of LCD Soundsystem
On April 2nd 2011, LCD SOUNDSYSTEM played its final show at Madison Square Garden in New York City. LCD Frontman James Murphy, disbanding one of the most celebrated and influential groups of its generation at the peak of its popularity, ensured that the band would go out on top with the biggest concert of its career. The instantly sold out, near four-hour extravaganza featured special appearances by Arcade Fire and Reggie Watts and moved the crowd of thousands to tears of joy and grief. SHUT UP AND PLAY THE HITS both captures this once-in-a-lifetime event with stunning visuals and serves as an intimate portrait of Murphy as he navigates the 48 hours surrounding the show. Woven throughout is an honest and unflinching conversation between Murphy and author Chuck Klosterman as they discuss music, art, aging, and the decision to call it quits while at the top of your game.
I knew I was disappointed that I would never see LCD Soundsystem live, but now I'm fucking devastated.
Shut Up and Play the Hits is a film that documents the final concert by LCD Soundsystem at Madison Square Gardens. Directors, Will Lovelace and Dylan Southern, follow the shows buildup as well as interview band founder, James Murphy. In truth I don’t think I’ve ever heard a more appropriate title for a film as it was exactly what I was shouting at the screen every time the documentary drifted into introspection rather than focusing on the exhilarating gig.
I consider myself a fan of LCD Soundsystem and this film is most successful when simply focusing on the music. The concert footage throughout is excellent, capturing the energy both on stage and in the crowd as the group play an…
Por fin me decido a ver este documental que tanto os gustó y que también a mí me ha gustado mucho. He disfrutado y me he emocionado, pero me he distraído un poco, porque no he podido evitar pasar todo el rato pensando que Shut Up and Play the Hits es el reverso perfecto de otro rockumentary muy chulo: el de Metallica.
James Murphy the musician
The look and editing
James Murphy the person
All the hugging
I'm glad I got to see LCD Soundsystem live right before their farewell tour
I am completely unable to be objective about this one. I saw LCD Soundsystem on their final tour in Detroit (with Hot Chip opening) with a girl I was mad for at the time.
This film, recorded at LCD's final shows at Madison Square Garden documents the prep for the concert, the shows themselves, and briefly, the aftermath. There's a heartbreaking scene of James Murphy a day or a few days after the show, caressing a piece of the concert gear and breaking down in tears. That feeling--of something wonderful and rare having passed before its time--suffuses the whole film. A dedicated LCD Soundsystem fan like yer pal will probably get more out of this than a casual viewer, but it's still probably one of the greatest concert joints I've ever seen.
Today marks two weeks since I saw LCD Soundsystem live, so I figured I would revisit this documentary.
I first watched it in when it came out in 2012; my cousin was at the final MSG show, and introduced me to the band. I've always loved LCD since then, but to rewatch this documentary in 2016, a completely different person artistically and emotionally, knowing now that they've reunited (and witnessing it), is really something special.
James Murphy is a goddamn genius, and one of the most brilliant minds in music right now. I love rewatching this and seeing how his brain operates. LONG LIVE LCD AND DANCE YRSELF CLEAN DUDES!
I feel like this would have truely had a significant impact if they hadn't played at Coachella this year. But otherwise, a great concert doco, such tunes, such French Bulldogs.
Feels a little self-indulgent, but Murphy might be the most like-able, famous musician alive.
Oddly enough I've never actually reviewed this but i'm finally getting around to it now so here goes nothing.
I was inspired to watch this again after having seen LCD Soundsystem play a live show at FYF fest and I must say it was a pretty fantastic night possibly one of the best of my life. The crowd was singing along to every song people were crowdsurfing left and right everyone I was around (including myself) was literally crying of joy.
Shut up and play the hits is also one of the saddest documentaries i've ever seen. Having a great band like LCD perform their "last concert" with James Murphy's interview segments talking about how the band was formed and…
I love me some LCD Soundsystem.
Last show at the Garden before they disbanded back in 2011, all here in it's glory. You can almost feel the energy from the crowd coming through the tv. You have guest musicians jumping in to enjoy this last hurrah, and James Murphy just soaking it up from all angles.
My only request would've been to Shut Up and Play the Hits, because some of the talking scenes in between the live show segments dragged a little.
Why Home Is my favourite LCD
LCD Soundsystem is a pretty big band at this point. Making waves in the mid 2000’s with their song Losing my Edge where leading man James Murphy basically writes himself into rock/music history. Losing my Edge was a hit and LCD Soundsystem was just getting started.
In 2007 they released their second album Sound of Silver it was received incredibly well by fans and critics, the standout from this album however is their most popular song All My Friends. This is a song about living life to the fullest and even though some things might get in the way the experiences we make is really what matters “I wouldn’t trade one stupid…
Despite almost hilariously inane "everyday" footage documenting Murphy's day following the big event and a sort of wanky interview making up a lot of the footage here, the movie not only really shines well during the concert footage, but is probably more than the sum of the parts of those three things divorced of context and weighted by screentime. Murphy isn't an uninteresting figure but he's probably not two-hours-of-movie interesting without some more bracing angle taken on the storytelling therein (no shade on him, almost nobody in the entire world is). There's something worth examining about the idea of choosing to shut down probably the most major band you'll ever have as it's still climbing upwards but the movie doesn't…
I wish this was just a straight concert film because the live performances are great.
Incredible, Out of all concert films i've seen this is the best.
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