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…
Though in retrospect LCD Soundsystem may seem like a band that came and went, they were in fact around for about a decade, and in releasing only three studio albums, still managed to make their mark deep on modern music with their solid, funky dance tunes and nostalgic fondness for the history of underground music.
In Shut Up and Play the Hits the final hours of the group are chronicled through clips from their very last 30-track concert and interviews with frontman, musician and vocalist James Murphy. LCD Soundsystem was Murphy's brainchild, and the group's first hit, Losing My Edge, was a humorous but serious criticism of the dawning of a new age in musical history.
The film contains performances…
Indifferently shot concert footage of what appears to have been an excellent and very memorable concert. Day after footage doesn't really have much resonance and neither does the framing interview by Chuck Klosterman, although he does ask some very thoughtful, pointed questions that mostly get answered honestly. The concert film genre remains mostly useless which is really odd because there are few things more compelling than attending a great concert and they allow for a very interested visual challenge to a filmmaker because you have to find new and compelling ways to visualize something that is more or less remaining the same for 2 hours. Jonathan Demme's thoughtful approach to STOP MAKING SENSE and his other concert work remains the…
Dance yrself (too) clean.
Concert film / documentary of LCD Soundsytem's last concert at Madison Square Gardens. You don't have to be a fan of the group, but I guess it helps. If you aren't a fan, you might become one after listening to James Murphy thoughtfully talking about the band, his music and why this is their last show. Maybe not as momentous and The Last Waltz but just as exuberant.
How does one toast a proper farewell?
By putting out a kick-ass, sell-out concert at Madison Square Garden.
Great editing. Loud, funky dance tracks that you just couldn't help but tap your feet to it. The incredibly chaotic aesthetics and photography. Incredibly poignant. A music documentary that even for the non-LCD fan, like me, just can't find any reason not to love every second of it.
Pretty wonderful experience for fans such as myself -- would perhaps make a leap into greatness if there were a few more songs and a few less scenes of James Murphy staring pensively at a wall or out a window.
Dear Spike Jonze, Camera Operator for SHUT UP AND PLAY THE HITS,
Are times tough? No, don't think so. But I think I know why you took this seemingly beneath you gig for the concert film Shut Up and Play the Hits-to have a first-class view of a concert destined to go down as a classic... (CONT'D)
God, I loved this. A near flawless ode to LCD Soundsystem's now legendary final show at Madison Square Garden (a behemoth of a gig that was almost four hours long), Shut Up and Play the Hits follows James Murphy over the course of 48 hours, interspersing concert footage with excerpts of his deeply personal interview with Chuck Klosterman.
Technically, it's an incredibly well-shot documentary, balancing the exciting spectacle of LCD Soundsystem's farewell performance with the more intimate scenes of Murphy and the rest of his band as they come to terms with the end. The direction is never intrusive and the stylised nature of the shots lend themselves well to an unsentimental view of LCD Soundsystem's final days. Given the…
I got into LCD Soundsystem way too late. Shortly after I finally obtained their discography James Murphy announced he was retiring the band and doing one final tour. I had heard about these guys for years but never gave them a good listen, and now I was kicking myself for it. This documentary/concert film chronicles the band’s last show, along with showing Jame Murphy’s life before and after the band.
Overall it was very enjoyable. The concert bits are shot great, sound great and feature most of the band’s best songs. Though to be completely honest, I do wish the film featured more footage from the concert. Several scenes before and after the show tend to drag and are sometimes…
When it takes the advice of it's title, it's a pretty good concert film.