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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.
If you like LCD Soundsystem, you're probably going to like this movie. The live performances of their last show were obviously the highlight.
James Murphy crying after 'Someone Great' kills me.
One would think that the goal of a good documentary would be to make the viewer care about the subject. At the end of watching this, I cared more for James Murphy's dog than I did about him. Moreover, I didn't even UNDERSTAND why he was walking away from his music career.
I had barely ever heard of LCD Soundsystem before this documentary and I must admit that I hate their music. It is electric hipster garbage, in my opinion, although I must admit a couple songs had me slightly bobbing my head. As a result, I couldn't wait for the concert scenes to be over.
Most of the film, other than the music scenes, revolved around an interview Murphy…
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!!
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