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Special Chicago Engagement
SHUT UP AND PLAY THE HITS
"Wonderful... At its ecstatic, delirious best, Shut Up And Play The Hits is a profoundly spiritual and emotional experience" -Onion AV Club
"Shut up and Play the Hits offers more basic narrative satisfaction than many of the fiction films...using documentary aesthetics in the name of realism" -Village Voice
"Shut Up could be about anyone, any band, any artist coming to terms with their success and finding themselves on the verge of willful retirementa miraculous sort of agony if ever there was one" -Indiewire
"Initially satiric but ultimately disarming in its emotional resonance" -Variety
"Even if you're late to the LCD party, watching it will probably turn you into a believer" -TimeOut Chicago
On April 2nd, 2011, LCD Soundsystem played its final show, a sold out, near four-hour extravaganza, 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. With the release of their debut album in 2005, LCD Soundsystem changed the face of dance music, combining equal parts punk, soul, and disco. Their devoted fan base steadily grew, bolstered by Grammy nominations and recognition as one of the best live bands in the world. With only three full studio albums and a handful of EPs, the band's swift rise and relatively quick exit only added to their frenzied appeal.
This film depicts the pre-show anticipation with footage from the incredible event along with Murphy's revealing interview with pop culture journalist Chuck Klosterman. Shut Up And Play the Hits documents this once-in-a-lifetime performance and paints 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 to consign the band to history.
Directed by Dylan Southern and Will Lovelace, United Kingdom, 2011, 105 mins.