Is Bowie the Reason LCD Soundsystem Still Exists?


It’s no secret that LCD’s frontman James Murphy spent some time with Bowie in the final years of his life. 

But Murphy has recently revealed on Lauren Laverne’s 6 Radio Music show that the Starman may have been one of the reasons why he eventually decided to reform the band, after their time apart.

“I spent a good amount of time with David Bowie,” he said, “and I was talking about getting the band back together. He said ‘does it make you uncomfortable?’ I said ‘yeah’, and he said ‘good, it should, you should be uncomfortable’.

“The first thing that popped into my head was ‘what do you know? You don’t know what it’s like to be uncomfortable’. I was imagining that if I was David Bowie, I’d just be walking around flipping everybody off – unless maybe Lou Reed is there. There are literally one or two people where nothing can be said about them. But that’s not who he was ever in his life, he was always making himself uncomfortable. There was such a great feeling of ‘you just don’t know what you are to anybody else’.”

Bowie, the gift that keeps on giving from great beyond.

You can listen to the full radio program here.

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