LCD Soundsystem – Losing My Edge

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Attack of the Killer Track! is a series that explores tracks from artists from a variety of genres. Some of the tracks were singles, some of them were obscure b-sides or long forgotten album tracks. One thing is certain – all of them are killer tracks.

Grunge wasn’t REALLY born in Seattle, WA now was it? No, no – it has its origins in the grittier city of Tacoma, WA with the garage rock band The Sonics. Punk wasn’t REALLY 1st bandied about by the Sex Pistols now was it? Nope – have you heard of The Modern Lovers (later covered by the Sex Pistols). How about that band that featured Damon Albarn and Liam Gallagher? Sorry – made that part up. “Losing My Edge” by LCD Soundsystem is a song about hipsters, by a hipster, for hipsters, making fun of hipsters. If there is anything you’ve taken away from my writings I’d hope you understand – I’m in both camps constantly. As I’ve gotten older I’ve lost the self-important edge that goes with knowing all the complicated relationships and scenes from music over the years (though the knowledge has stayed in my brain). What does it all matter? Anyone can look up anything on the internet at anytime and be hip to the secrets of the indie elitist. This song features a repetitive and catchy dance beat as James Murphy spouts off about various scenes and bands from the last 50 years. He always comes back to the refrain “I was there – I was there” – which becomes funnier as the song progresses. The song was released as a 12″ single on July 8, 2002 on the DFA Record label (owned by James Murphy). The video features Murphy being slapped repeatedly as he mimes along (in an edited version). My beloved Sonics get a shout out at the end. Key lyrics:

I was there in 1968.
I was there at the first Can show in Cologne.
I’m losing my edge.

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 used to work in the record store.
I had everything before anyone.

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.

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Blur – Under the Westway b/w The Puritan

Ever since Blur got back together in 2009 after an extended hiatus, I’ve been bemoaning the fact that there just hasn’t been very much new material forthcoming. 2010’s Record Store Day release, “Fool’s Day” was a brilliant track that left me wanting more. In the almost 2 1/2 years since that release there have been rumors of an album being recorded, rumors of recording sessions suddenly being halted, and questionable comments by singer Damon Albarn about anyone in the band not named Graham Coxon (strange considering the circumstances of Coxon’s departure from Blur during the Think Tank sessions). Finally it became clear that 2012 would be the year of Blur – a full 9 years since the release of their last album and 15 years since they finally broke in the US by simplifying their lyrics to a guttural “WOO HOO” ushered forth in 1997’s hit single “Song 2”. The summer of 2012 has seen a brand new single, the comprehensive box set 21, and the celebratory live album, Parklive.

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Graham Coxon – A+E

I’m not a huge fan of bands reuniting without a new album to promote. When The Chameleons reunited in 2000 and toured throughout the world, as fans we were treated to a new studio album (very underrated in my opinion), a live album, and two acoustic albums. More than I expected and each of those albums from that time period are very special and unique. On the flip side, when The Pixies reunited we were treated to a few songs that seemed to be demos for solo projects fronting under The Pixies name. Quality was sorely lacking (my opinion – some of my friends love those songs). A new album never materialized and each time I read about a new tour by The Pixies it makes me sad – hawking old songs to an aging fan base to support solo endeavors.

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