Tuesday, May 31, 2011

LCD Soundsystem -- "Drunk Girls" (2010)

Drunk girls know that love is an astronaut
It comes back, but it's never the same

James Murphy, a 41-year-old American, is a singer, musician, songwriter and record producer.  He is the creative force behind LCD Soundsystem, a "dance-punk" band that released three amazing albums before dissolving just a couple of months ago.

When LCD Soundsystem performed live, Murphy was accompanied by a half-dozen or so other musicians.  But the group's albums were pretty much all Murphy.  He not only wrote the songs and did the singing, but also played drums, guitar, bass, piano, organ, and assorted other keyboard instruments.

James Murphy, the man behind LCD Soundsystem 
"Drunk Girls" was the first single off LCD Soundsystem's third and final album, This Is Happening.  Someone sent me the official video for this song a few months ago.  I thought it was my Grand Exalted Senior Executive Big-Ass Contributing Editor or whatever the hell her title is.  (If that wasn't her title before, it is now.)  

She vehemently denies it.  I'm not entirely convinced that she's correct because that would mean I was wrong, and I'm not entirely convinced that I've ever been wrong.

Anyway, this video is SPECTACULAR.  (Take my word for it -- you'll be much better off skipping The Hangover (Part II) and Bridesmaids and just watching the "Drunk Girls" video.)  That really comes as no surprise, because James Murphy is brilliant, and so is the video's director, Spike Jonze.

A word about Spike Jonze, who was born Adam Spiegel in 1969 in Rockville, Maryland (home of 2 or 3 lines until I get kicked out of my house, which could be any day now). 

Jonze/Spiegel has had a remarkable career.  He was a BMX biker and a skateboarder and helped start Homeboy and Dirt, two "youth culture" magazines.  (Dirt was once described as "Sassy magazine for boys.")  He has directed numerous TV commercials and three movies -- Being John Malkovich, Adaptation, and Where the Wild Things Are.  He also acts -- his most prominent role was in the movie Three Kings.

Here's a scene from that movie featuring Jonze and George Clooney:  

Jonze has directed a number of music videos (for musicians as diverse as the Beastie Boys, the Breeders, Daft Punk, Fatboy Slim, Kanye West, Notorious B.I.G., and Weezer).   He was once married to fellow director Sofia Coppola (daughter of Francis Ford Coppola, and the first American woman director ever nominated for an Academy Award). 

Jonze deserves to burn in hell for being one of the creators of the Jackass television show.  On the other hand, I probably deserve to burn in hell for putting this picture on 2 or 3 lines:

(Can you believe I have a lot of female readers?  At least I used to have a lot of female readers.  The last post and this one may have changed that.)

If you are the kind of person who expects a music video to "mean" something, there's no point in you watching this one.  For the rest of you, enjoy:

Click here if you want to buy "Drunk Girls" from iTunes.  (To tell the truth, you'd be better off just bookmarking the music video.)

Drunk Girls - This Is Happening

You can use this link to buy the song from Amazon:

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