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Shut Up and Play the Hits - review

16 AUG 2012 | Posted By: SineadStubbins

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Shut Up and Play the Hits - review

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Shut Up and Play the Hits will make you sweat.

Initially this is because of the droning reverb pulsating in your ears and the sight of drenched concert goers jumping as one sticky mass (watching a gig on the big screen always reminds you of how gross/fun concerts actually are).

But as it progresses, this film will make you more and more nervous as panicked thoughts of sympathy enter your mind– “What the fuck is James Murphy doing?”

Shut Up and Play the Hits
follows the last 48 hours of LCD Soundsystem, the genre defying three-piece whose repetitive beats and ironic/sadly honest lyrics built a loyal base of fans over three albums.

Instead of culminating in their huge farewell show at Madison Square Garden in 2011, the doco uses bookends of frontman James Murphy sitting around and feeling weird – at first because his band are finishing later that night and at the end when he realizes that maybe he shouldn’t have finished it.

There’s an irony in LCD Soundsystem having their last show at MSG, a venue that usually symbolizes that a band has ‘made it’. But this is really what Shut Up and Play the Hits is all about, whether you should quit when you still have 18,000 sobbing fans bouncing along to your musical genius, which by the by, never actually dried up.

If this documentary is meant to clarify why LCD broke up, it doesn’t do a good job. Inter-cut with joyous moments of Murphy, Nancy Wang, Pat Mahoney, Tyler Pope and others flinging themselves around the stage to “All My Friends” and “North American Scum”, is James Murphy sitting sadly by himself. In his kitchen. Outside cafes. Crying in a warehouse space. Picking up his bulldog’s shit.

Connecting the concurrent stories is an interview between Murphy and journalist Chuck Klosterman, which manages to ask the questions that other people seem to be too nervous to ask the frontman himself. Challenging Murphy about the weirdly controlled nature of the break-up, Klosterman seems to give the documentary some much needed cohesion (“Do you find your self consciousness to be your biggest failure?” “When you start a band, do you imagine how it will end?”).

Thanks to the interview, we ascertain a few things: Murphy is 41, he’s over partying and wants to have kids. He has been a student of cool (meant as an understanding of an academic history of hip, rather than being cool himself) and is scared of becoming irrelevant. Like he says in “Losing My Edge”, kids have internet now and can study cool rather than experiencing it first hand.

What is glaringly obvious is that no one else in LCD Soundsystem past or present, seems to have had a say in this. At no point do we hear other band members weigh in on the decision, and nor does Murphy mention them while explaining his reasoning. It seems weird that a guy who is so self conscious is lacking in such self awareness.

Directed by Will Lovelace and Dylan Southern, Shut Up and Play the Hits is visually a beautiful film, especially in it's depiction of the concert. What's interesting is that James Murphy was actually one of the producers of the film, which surely means he had the ability to clarify what the intended message/ reasons for LCD's break up were. Maybe he hasn’t quite figured it out himself.

Shut Up and Play the Hits is at the Melbourne International Film Festival.
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