On April 2nd 2011, LCD Soundsystem played its final show at Madison Square Garden. LCD frontman James Murphy had made the conscious decision to disband one of the most celebrated and influential bands of its generation at the peak of its popularity, ensuring that the band would go out on top with the biggest and most ambitious concert of its career. The instantly sold out, near four-hour extravaganza did just that, moving the thousands in attendance to tears of joy and grief, with NEW YORK magazine calling the event “a marvel of pure craft” and TIME magazine lamenting “we may never dance again.” SHUT UP AND PLAY THE HITS is both a narrative film documenting this once in a life time performance and an intimate portrait of James Murphy as he navigates the lead-up to the show, the day after, and the personal and professional ramifications of his decision.
Directed by Will Lovelace and Dylan Southern, this teaser promises a ton of pro-shot live footage and bits of future nostalgia-inducing moments for fans present during LCD’s heyday, and for our kids to watch again when James Murphy decides to re-unite the project for 2021.
By the way, the title comes from Arcade Fire’s Win Butler, who jokingly shouted this line from sidestage at the final show.