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Is this it?



LCD Soundsystem's James Murphy has stayed up dancing for days and told some fibs to Nike in his time. But can he really dig it?

Saturday February 10, 2007
The Guardian


Oh brother, where art thou?

I'm at the Great Eastern Hotel near Shoreditch, the place where everyone looks like a bass player. I don't know the area that well but I love a good curry.

Where's your head at?

It's in super happy excited zone.

Why?

It's actually because, and this sounds so lame, but we just finished shooting videos, which I normally hate. I find it a necessary evil at best. I've just made a space video and spent all the budget on renting a huge loft and building space sets and flying harnesses and stuff. So I can make the crappest 2001 movie ever. The rough edit is totally amazing and hilarious.



Where the hood at?

Sadly it's in Williamsburg, I've moved there. I miss Manhattan. The problem isn't that it's too gentrified, just that there's too much of the same people. In Manhattan it's mixed up. Old and young, families, yuppies, artists that have moved there and never left, plumbers, teachers. In Williamsburg it's all white 19-40 year-old vaguely hipster people like me. It's not diverse enough and makes you feel a bit like a caricature.

Who writes the songs?

That's me. I'm happy with the new album, I wanted to make it a little bit different but I didn't want to go crazy. I wanted it to be a little more silver, a little less beige.

What's the ugliest part of your body?

Nothing, man, nothing but flawless perfection. Apart from a cut behind your ear that won't heal up right.

Where have all the good times gone? To Berlin. Although again, too many 19-40 year-old hipsters. But it's a fun place to go do shit.

Do you remember the first time?

My favourite first time was the first time I did ecstasy. I was dancing to David Holmes spinning some of my favourite records and freaking out and having a great time. Would I advise ecstasy? No. I used to advise all sorts of stuff but I've come to realise that the way I deal with drugs is that I do them for a bit, get bored and move on. Some people don't get bored and get wrapped up in them so it's not something you can really recommend.

How do you sleep?

On a night like that? Not until a couple of days later.

Would I lie to you?

Well I lied. I made [conceptual jogging soundtrack] 45:33 for Nike and I don't even jog. I said I did but that was a total lie. I just wanted to make a record like E2-E4 by Manuel Göttsching. I was mourning that fact that music had changed and you could no longer make a record like that. I could have taken that into EMI but it'd be a bit pretentious. People expect songs. I wondered how I'd ever find the time and justification to do something like that, and that was perfect. But as far as running to test it, I didn't even expect it to be for running. I wrote these liner notes which I find really funny but nobody seems to think they're a joke. I'm not built to run. I'm built for fighting, not running away!

What time is love?

I did MTV takeover and picked that video. The world needs KLF again.

Where are my panties?

In the wash.

Can you dig it?

I can dig it! You knew that I could!

· LCD Soundsystem's UK tour begins Mar 7, Sound Of Silver is out Mar 12





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