David Bowie Is Why LCD Soundsystem Got Back Together
Tue, 11 Jul 2017 10:21:18
Few doubt David Bowie's influence on today's music. But, as it turns out, he may have had a bigger influence on one of music's biggest reunions in recent years. In an interview with BBC Radio 6, LCD Soundsystem frontman James Murphy opened up about how Bowie influenced him to get the band back together.
Read his entire comment below:
"I spent a good amount of time with David Bowie, and I was talking about coming back, putting the band together. And I was going through the hems and haws of it, and he said, 'Does it make you uncomfortable?' And I said, 'Yeah,' and he said, 'Good. It should. You should be uncomfortable.' And the first thing that popped into my head was, 'What the? What do you know? You don't know what it's like to be uncomfortable'" That was my thinking. Because of course I'm imagining that if I was David Bowie, I'd just be walking around flipping everybody off, like, 'I'm David Bowie!' Like, nobody can say anything! Unless maybe Lou Reed's there, and then he can be like, 'Alright.' There are maybe one or two people that get to literally not — nothing can be said about them. But that's not who he was ever in his life. He was always making himself uncomfortable. And it was such a great feeling of, like, you just don't know what you are to anybody else."
Murphy worked with Bowie many times in the icon's later years. He remixed "Love Is Lost" from The Next Day and performed percussion on Bowie's final album Blackstar. Murphy also produced the title track for Arcade Fire's Reflektor, where Ziggy Stardust contributed vocals.
LCD Soundsystem's forthcoming album American Dream, and first since their breakup, is due out September 1st.
—The ARTISTdirect Staff