Release Date: Feb 15, 2005
Record label: Capitol / DFA
Genre(s): Indie, Rock, Dance
If a music-nerd version of Animal House set in 2005 is ever made, "Daft Punk Is Playing at My House" -- the boisterous opener of LCD Soundsystem -- would make an ideal theme song for the fraternity on which it is based. The self-conscious, awkward music obsessives pledging into this fraternity would have to pass a complex trivia test, own a compulsory list of records, and, as a hazing ritual, ask to dance with someone in public. If LCD Soundsystem's James Murphy were the least bit open to the concept, he could be the fraternity's advisor.
It all starts so thrillingly. Two slamming synth chords, two matching yelps: "Ow! Ow!" This album, those opening squawks tell you, is the work of a man who spent many formative hours listening to Prince, striving to perfect some funky moves but tripping over his own feet every time; a man who has since come to rule the dancefloor and can't decide whether it's the most exciting or excruciating thing that has ever happened to him. James Murphy - the man behind LCD Soundsystem - isn't cool by design: in interviews he dismisses himself as a shambling geek.
LCD Soundsystem blew up in 2002 at clubs across the globe with their epochal DFA debut 12" "Losing my Edge." Several singles followed, heightening anticipation for the long rumored debut album. Now that it's here, three years later, was the anticipation necessary? LCD Soundsystem consists of two CDs: alongside the album, a second disc repackages the famous but relatively hard-to-find 12"s (both A- and B-sides). The second disc is the stronger of the two, but that's not a condemnation.