Thursday, March 31, 2011

LCD Week #2 “Losing my edge”

This song was my introduction to LCD Soundsystem. I think that’s true of most people who discovered them in like 2003. A simple beat that builds into a wall of sound peppered with spoken/sung lyrics about disenchantment with the way things are turning out. Welcome to adulthood, kids of the 70’s. Not a great video for sure, but a killer song.

To me it’s always been kind of the anthem for us Gen X'ers who’ve always felt the millenials coming up from behind us. But there’s one thing they ain’t got yet and that’s experience. And the ability to rock the hell out. These are a few of my favorite lyrics from the tune.

I'm losing my edge/
To all the kids in Tokyo and Berlin/
I'm losing my edge to the art-school Brooklynites/
in little jackets and borrowed nostalgia for the unremembered eighties.

And this one:

I was the first guy playing Daft Punk to the rock kids/
I played it at CBGB's/
Everybody thought I was crazy.

I mean, CBGB’s doesn’t even exist anymore! Even the part at the end where Murphy name checks his album collection feels like he’s losing his edge. It used to be bragging about your record collection actually meant something. Those things were expensive and you really had to care and adjust your spending habits to put together a respectable collection. There used to be things called “imports” which were records you paid a premium for because they came from places like “England” and “Japan.” They were like $25. Sometimes they'd be like $40. Now they’re free or maybe $.35 on those Russian sites. Which brings us to this part of the song:

I heard you have a compilation of every good song ever done by anybody/
Every great song by the Beach Boys/
All the underground hits/
All the Modern Lovers tracks/
I heard you have a vinyl of every Niagra record on German import/
I heard that you have a white label of every seminal Detroit techno hit - 1985, '86, '87/
I heard that you have a CD compilation of every good '60s cut and another box set from the '70s.

Ya know, I used to have shelves and shelves and of records and CD’s on the wall and was proud of that shit. People looked on them in awe. I mean for a few months there in like 2001-2002 when the CD burner became affordable I was quite popular. Now anyone with a broadband connection easily has 1,000 albums on their laptop—probably more. Or, more likely, they’ve 40,000 songs because who buys albums anymore?

I’ve never been wrong/
I used to work in the record store/
I had everything before anyone.

I hear that!


Blogger Sherry said...

Very interesting post, especially because we were at Waterloo Records yesterday afternoon where I noticed that this album was one of the top ten of the year selected by their staff. I guess someone is still buying CD's.

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