I love documentaries and I love LCD Soundsystem even more, so
Shut Up and Play the Hits is my idea of the perfect film.
On Tuesday night, FACT hosted the film's UK premiere with a live
satellite Q&A from LCD Soundsystem frontman, bandleader and
record label owner James Murphy. Through the magic of Skype and
Google Hangouts we were also joined by various New York based
members of the band and their British manager Keith Wood alongside
the filmmakers and James.
The film documents LCD's last ever gig at New York's Madison Square Garden in 2011. The 36,400 tickets for the final concerts were snapped up in seconds with tickets changing hands on eBay for thousands of dollars.
British filmmakers Will Lovelace and Dylan Southern get in amongst the action with cameras surrounding the band and the 18,200 strong crowd, managing to capture the excitement, happiness, tears and love for the band James Murphy described as an 'accident' that turned into an 'unstoppable train'.
The slightly drunken Q&A took in topics as diverse as Australian coffee makers, James' music heroes, over excited Brighton audiences and the "mad men" at Glasgow's Barrowlands venue. Asked about what the future holds and whether his future lies in "performing, directing, producing or writing", James replied "well, I like making coffee". He went on to explain that he will be "incredibly surprised" if he doesn't end up making music again with members of LCD Soundsytem but on the when, where, and replied "I've got no idea".
James Murphy bragged that they were 'the cheapest, most low budget' show that has ever been filmed at Madison Square Garden, and the only show at the venue to have their own $25 cardboard spaceships. He talked about being a reluctant rockstar and deciding to quit before he became too famous to 'take the subway, go out to get coffee or just be a normal person'.
Shut Up and Play the Hits features 12 of the bands best songs, with guest appearances from Arcade Fire, Aziz Ansari, Donald Glover, Reggie Watts and James Murphy's younger brother Tom.
If you missed the screening on Tuesday, make sure you book your tickets for a repeat showing (without Q&A) this Friday 7 September. Get your tickets online, in person at the Box Office, or by calling 0871 902 5737.