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Shut Up and Play the Hits
The Very Loud Ending Of LCD Soundsystem
A documentary that follows LCD Soundsystem front man James Murphy over a 48-hour period, from the day of their final gig at Madison Square Garden to the morning after the show.
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…
I knew I was disappointed that I would never see LCD Soundsystem live, but now I'm fucking devastated.
James Murphy the musician
The look and editing
James Murphy the person
All the hugging
This nicely filmed movie about a super cool band reveals some of my suspicions with Gravity's Rainbow and a 5 o'clock shadow.
The concert footage songs are separated with samples of audio from an interview with Chuck Klosterman. One sample has Murphy talking about the mystique of a rock performer, and that as an audience member a performer can be propelled to a mystical level. He laments that as a performer now he pictures musicians waiting in airports, eating breakfast… normal stuff. Murphy talks earlier that he only loved a rock show when he felt the band was honest, that either they confirmed what he thought about them or that they seemed earnest in their music.
Klosterman is wise to…
I was hoping this would be of a documentary of LCD Soundsystem's final gig but instead it was more of a concert film. As I'm not familiar with their back catalogue I didn't really get into those parts but the behind-the-scenes and interview sections were good, and actually quite moving in one scene. If you're a fan you should definitely check it out, but if you're a fan you probably already have. 5/10.
I have always found LCD's albums hit and miss. I don't really like my dance music to bother with artful pretensions. However I like enough of their stuff to watch SUAPTH.
You don't need to be an ardent LCDphile to derive enjoyment but you do to at least need to be a music fan. The film nicely captures the pre and post split ennui of James Murphy and is a good bookend to a brief (and all the more interesting for its brevity) career.
Centering on some later moments of an interview LCD Soundsystem's James Murphy gave to writer Chuck Klosterman, with most of its substance a farewell Madison Square Garden show by Murphy's band, SHUT UP AND PLAY THE HITS is an incisive look at LCD Soundsystem's whole mythos. There are awesome performances of "Dance Yrself Clean" and "North American Scum" and "Someone Great", a bit of an overcooked performance of "Yeah", and some interesting philosophy around "Losing My Edge" among others. The documentary can be ponderous at times, but that's just like indulgent-about-indulgence Murphy, isn't it?
An incredible film that documents an amazing moment in music history. The three disc Blu-ray is totally worth it for the two extra discs that feature the entire three-plus hour concert. Just great.
LCD Soundsystem is one of my favorite musical outfits, and I adore James Murphy--for his musical endeavors, his advocacy for reading difficult books, for his adorable relationship with his dog, for his utter New York-ness and his adoration of coffee. SHUT UP AND PLAY THE HITS has some slick cinematography and the music is, obviously, fantastic, and presented in vivid sound quality; but the real pleasure of SUAPTH is its attempts to place Murphy in a fascinating cultural context, near the delta at which music genre revivals and modernity collide (and, sometimes, conflate). The interview with Chuck Klosterman is also pretty cool, as much as I dislike Klosterman (cough, hack, cough). Murphy is portrayed earnestly, genuinely, and his fervor is on full HD display.
I miss LCD Soundsystem
I have not seen many concert films, but I love LCD Soundsystem. Of course the music is great, but James Murphy is too mild-mannered to make the non-concert portions of the film that interesting. Interviewer Chuck Klosterman is more bewitched by the sound of his own pretentious questions than in cracking Murphy's exterior.
Honestly, I'm probably being too generous with this review. I was at this concert and loved every second of the show so Shut Up and Play the Hits simply allowed me to be nostalgic for that night one more time. The actual documentary portion of the film tries to offer up some challenges to James Murphy that at first look as if they are going somewhere, but ends up collapsing when he fails to grasp anything beyond the dissolution of one of the most ironic bands of the past decade. If you do watch it though, play it LOUD!!
I really enjoyed this. As someone who knew nothing about LCD Soundsystem other than that one of my friends is really into them and that I had heard the occasional radio track of theirs. I liked the self awareness of the title and it's relevance to the film. It seems like they know it's not all going to be concert footage and hits and the introspection on the end of a band is something that anyone who has ever been in a band or an artistic collective can relate to. It made me want to go out and check out the albums.
A fantastic piece that every LCD Soundsystem fan should watch. The concert footage and editing was completely fantastic. However, there's too often staged moments of James Murphy that actually took away from the film. The interviewing questions didn't really offer the insight I would have liked and also I think it was significant to talk to other members of the band as well (which didn't happen).
But, the actual parts where they shut up and do in fact play the hits was fantastic. I ended up crying a bit at the end because of how impactful the performance was alongside how it was shot and edited.
Would recommended if you've ever been a fan of the band.
This movie has the most unfortunate title because the entire movie I kept thinking of the title of the film. Looking at reviews on letterboxd it seems I was not the only one. The documentary section was so disgustingly boring. I seriously don't want to watch the lead singer of LCD Soundsystem brush his teeth in the morning and walk around his apartment "Like a normal human being," they spent a good 5 minutes on him doing morning stuff.
I like LCD Soundsystem but I don't love them and before I watched the doc I thought it would be hard to stomach their live show since they're so repetitive in their music. Some of their faster stuff especially the first…
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