39. “Disco Infiltrator,” LCD Soundsystem
James Murphy’s vocals in “Disco Infiltrator” vary from over-the-top to borderline sick, yet still Murphy makes you want to plug your nose and sing-along. Filled with handclaps and a string of beeps on an upward momentum, “Disco Infiltrator” almost annoys while still demanding “You’ve got to shake the waist.” It’s a testament to how many different styles, ideas and sounds LCD can play around with and still be incredibly danceable and catchy.
38. “On Repeat,” LCD Soundsystem
Much like “Disco Infiltrator,” “On Repeat” almost dares its listener to not be annoyed by Murphy’s delivery at the beginning. The difference however is that “On Repeat” hits its stride about halfway through, turning Murphy into an almost screaming prophet on the streets of New York City, already conflicted about the people that live in the place he comes. “On Repeat” builds on itself over and over, until the song is an insane flurry of sounding, helping Murphy’s message resonate on repeat.
37. “I Used To,” American Dream
Murphy is never so charming as when he’s getting nostalgic. And not just musically. This prime cut from American Dream seems like a companion piece to Meet Me In The Bathroom, Lizzy Goodman’s oral history of the Brooklyn music scene of the ‘90s and ‘00s, looking back as it does to his younger, drug-fueled days waiting “all night for the rock transmissions.” Like most backwards-looking LCD tracks, the tone of “I Used To” is wistful and dark, nodding to the surely heavy come downs and lost relationships that are the result of focusing one’s energy solely on having nothing but good times.
36. “Yr City’s a Sucker,” LCD Soundsystem
Before New York brought him down, New York City was just a creep to James Murphy in “Yr City’s A Sucker.” Ending their first album with a deconstruction of NYC, “Yr City’s A Sucker” is more like a celebration, with an incredible bass line and mesmerizing synths that permeate until the last second. “Yr City’s A Sucker” concludes LCD Soundsystem with a song that sounds a bit like Modest Mouse, a bit like Radiohead and can only make the listener excited to hear what this band will sound like in their second album.
35. “One Touch,” This Is Happening
So much of This Is Happening feels in some way like LCD Soundsystem saying goodbye, with so many of the songs filled with nostalgia and remembrances of the past. But “One Touch” feels more like LCD’s last chance to just make people dance, the last moment to get on up before the club closes. Because of this, “One Touch” has LCD putting everything they’ve got into this one song, filled with an insane amount of noises, instruments and sounds to end the party right.
34. “American Dream,” American Dream
The title track to the fourth LCD Soundsystem is another in a long line of fantastic songs that are hollow at their core. Especially this late in the album, the frustration at hearing Murphy strike the same bewildered and embittered tone about the death of his idols (another Alan Vega reference pops up here) is only made easier to swallow by music that feels like it’s swarming around you and nipping at your skin gently.
33. “Sound of Silver,” Sound of Silver
The simple, repeated chorus of “Sound of Silver” makes it obvious why this song shares a title with the album, since it basically explains the entire album with one simple mantra. These five lines over and over shows the desire for nostalgia and the criticism of such thinking, since everything always looks better in hindsight. “Sound of Silver” keeps to a steady, simple beat, only to throw in various focal points to get lost in throughout its seven minutes, as if to give you something to zone out to while you contemplate what the chorus is trying to convey.
32. “Great Release,” LCD Soundsystem
“Great Release” splits LCD Soundsystem right in two, giving a moment of respite in between discs, but also showing that LCD can be more than just great dance music—a harbinger on the future to come. At this point, it’s hard not to hear “All I Want” or “Someone Great” hiding underneath “Great Release,” a hint that even though James Murphy never wanted to make personal music, it’s just sitting there, waiting to be unleashed.
31. “Time To Get Away,” Sound of Silver
Murphy has said that “Time To Get Away” is about an old manager, which makes sense given the lyrics about money and power. Yet, “Time to Get Away” could easily be about so many people, the music kids of “Losing My Edge,” an ex-girlfriend, even himself, since the dichotomy of being cool and being not cool has seemingly become even more important between albums. But as the first song in Sound of Silver, “Time To Get Away” most feels like abandoning the old way of doing things, going more personal and by extent, becoming an even greater band than before.
30. “Big Ideas,” Music From the Motion Picture 21
Originally written for the blackjack card-counting film 21, “Big Ideas” is incredibly cinematic and is unfortunately one of the more obscure songs in LCD Soundsystem’s catalogue. Maybe that’s because the movie is terrible, or maybe it’s because it does easily sound like it could fit into almost any movie moment. “Big Ideas” does sound like LCD trying to make a combination hit/sample of a film score, but it’s a catchy little gem that deserves more attention.