Photo: Andre Benz
You might need some help
It’s January 3, and somebody already asked you to grab a drink tonight and you’re like, “Well I was going to do a dry January, but why not just make it a ‘No Hangover January!'”
And with that one crack, you’re ready to skip the gym tonight, you’re going to whip out four projects instead of five next week, and suddenly February will look just like December and here we are, making 2019 look like 2018.
It doesn’t have to be that way. James Murphy can save you. Yeah – the guy who had Daft Punk play at his house! (Not really).
Murphy, the mastermind behind LCD Soundsystem, spent his career straddling the worlds of house music and indie rock, and destroyed all the norms in dance music. His creativity and background had taken him around the world and put his name in lights and things were going well.
Then his parents died. Then 9/11 happened. Then there were disputes with labels and feeling betrayed. He had reason to be down on himself. We’ve all hit that wall. And then, the icing on the cake – he met Pharrell Williams at a show. While admitting later (and in the track above) that Williams was a really nice guy, he shit his pants after witnessing Pharrell’s talent and suddenly saw his own mortality staring him down.
Quitters would hang it up. Content with the shot they had and the journey, they’d fade away and become some shitty version of Guns N Roses still touring and playing the same 35-year-old songs on tour in Kansas City.
Murphy set everything on fire instead with 2005’s double-disk, 16-track self-titled project that featured “Losing my Edge” amongst other mega hits like “Daft Punk is Playing at my House” “Tribulations” “Yr City’s a Sucker” “Yeah” and “Beat Connection.”
Holy shit that album ruled. (RULES).
Pop “Losing My Edge” on at full volume, and get that fire lit under your ass, too.
The kids are coming for you.
Forget taking down the baby boomers, you’re the new target and you’ve got to keep moving forward.
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