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LCD Soundsystem – Losing My Edge (2002)

July 15, 2012 1 comment

LCD Soundsystem have released some fantastic records. I’ve already posted my favourite live track of the last 20 years here ….

But, “Losing My Edge” was the real eye opener.

One for all the late 30s+ musical bores like myself whose record collections, allegedly, “ticked all the boxes” …. often just for the sake of it ….

A killer lyric over an unrelenting beat ….

My favourite line is “I hear everybody that you know is more relevant than everybody that I know” ……

All the lyrics quoted in full and then scroll down for the track!

Yeah, I’m losing my edge

I’m losing my edge

The kids, are coming up from behind

I’m losing my edge

I’m losing my edge

To the kids from France and from London.

But I was there

I was there in 1968

I was there at the first Can show in Cologne

I’m losing my edge

I’m losing my edge

To the kids whose footsteps, I hear when they get on the decks

I’m losing my edge

To the Internet seekers

Who can tell me, every member of every good group from 1962 to 1978

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 80s

But I’m losing my edge

I’m losing my edge

But I was there. I was there. But I was there

I’m losing my edge. I’m losing my edge

I can hear the footsteps, every night on the decks

But I was there

I was there in 1974 at the first Suicide practices in a loft in New York City

I was working on the organ sounds with much patience

I was there when Captain Beefheart started up his first band

I told him, “Don’t do it that way. You’ll never make a dime”

I was there

I was the first guy playing Daft Punk to the rock kids. I played it at CBGB’s

Everybody thought I was crazy. We all know

I was there. I was there

I’ve never  been wrong

I used to work in the record store

I had everything before anyone

I was there in the Paradise Garage DJ booth with Larry Levan

I was there in Jamaica during the great sound clashes

I woke up naked on the beach in Ibiza in 1988

But I’m losing my edge, to better-looking  people with better ideas and more talent

And they’re actually really,  really nice.

I’m losing my edge

I heard you have a compilation of every good song ever done by anybody

Every great song by the Beach Boys. All the underground hit.

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

I  hear you’re buying a synthesizer and an arpeggiator and are throwing your computer out the window because you want to make something real. You want to make a Yaz record.

I hear that you and your band have sold your guitars and bought turntables

I hear that you and your band have sold your turntables and bought guitars

I hear everybody that you know is more relevant than everybody that I know

But have you seen my records? This Heat, Pere Ubu, Outsiders, Nation of Ulysses, Mars, The Trojans, The Black Dice, Todd Terry, the Germs, Section 25, Althea and Donna, Sexual harassment, a-ha,  Pere Ubu, Dorothy Ashby, PIL, the Fania All-Stars, the Bar-Kays, the Human  League, the Normal, Lou Reed, Scott Walker, Monks, Niagra,
Joy Division,  Lower 48, the Association, Sun Ra, Scientists, Royal Trux, 10cc, Eric B. and Rakim, Index, Basic Channel, Soulsonic Force (“just hit me”!), Juan Atkins, David Axelrod, Electric Prunes, Gil! Scott! Heron!, the Slits, Faust,  Mantronix, Pharaoh Sanders and the Fire Engines, the Swans, the Soft Cell, the  Sonics, the Sonics, the Sonics, the Sonics

You don’t know what you really want

The LP version then a shorter video version!

Zombie Nation – Kernkraft 400 (Miss Kittin & The Hacker Remix) (2000)

July 15, 2012 Leave a comment

Just loved this record back in the day. An “Elctroclash” classic … oh yes!

Can’t beat a record with an impeccable list of references ….

Drexciya ……… Zombie Nation

I-F …….. Zombie Nation

Dopplereffekt ….. Zombie Nation

Almost, but not quite, in the exalted pantheon achieved by LCD Soundsystem’s “Losing My Edge” which is one of the THE great records of the last 20 years and will have to be posted next!

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