Losing My Edge

Album: LCD Soundsystem (2002)
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Songfacts®:

  • This was the debut single from LCD Soundsystem, which is the musical project of American alternative dance producer James Murphy, who says the song is an anthem to growing older and realizing that musical styles change with generations. The song received a great deal of critical acclaim and was listed at #13 on Pitchfork Media's top 500 songs of the 2000s.
  • Among the artists Murphy name checks in the song are: Can, Suicide, Captain Beefheart, Daft Punk and Beach Boys. The American producer refers to Daft Punk again on LCD's fifth single, "Daft Punk Is Playing at My House."
  • The song borrows the rhythm of Killing Joke's b-side "Change." It was a favourite beat that Murphy would play when warming up when DJing.
  • Murphy explained the inspiration for the song to ieallylovemusic.co.uk: "When I was DJing, playing Can, Liquid Liquid, ESG, all that kind of stuff, I became kind of cool for a moment, which was a total anomaly. And when I heard other DJs playing similar music I was like: 'F--k! I'm out of a job! These are my records!' But it was like someone had crept into my brain and said all these words that I hate. Did I make the records? Did I f--k! So, I started becoming horrified by my own attitude. I had this moment of glory though. People would use me to DJ just to get them cool. They'd be like 'It's the cool rock disco guy' and this was really weird. And to be honest I was afraid that this new found coolness was going to go away and that's where 'Losing My Edge' comes from. It is about being horrified by my own silliness. And then it became a wider thing about people who grip onto other people's creations like they are their own. There is a lot of pathos in that character though because it's born out of inadequacy and love."
  • To LCD fans this multi-dimensional track is the clearest illustration of the group's identity. Murphy concurs, telling The Guardian April 24th, 2010: "To me, Losing My Edge was the perfect narrative song that could have ever come from me. Everything had a layer behind it. Was it making fun of other people? Sure. Was it making fun of myself for making fun of other people? Sure. But it was also about me kind of believing the things I was saying, and it was also about being a little embarrassed for being the kind of person who would believe those kinds of things."

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