Best Songs Ever: LCD Soundsystem 'Yeah'

by Jess Grant | 12/5/12

We are still mourning the loss of LCD Soundsystem. Suddenly...party time doesn't seem quite so party without a new James Murphy and co album to spin...But hey, no time to get the SADS up in here!  No it's time to get Crass and Pretentious!! 

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THIS is Best Songs Ever, and THIS is LCD Soundsystem's “Yeah” (oh wow, that made us sound like some baller DJ).

This ode to apathy was released as a single in 2004 and later featured on the bonus disc of LCD Soundsystem's self-titled debut album, which dropped in 2005.

There are two versions of this track - the “Crass” version and the “Pretentious” version, the latter of which is stripped of the disenchanted vocals and transformed into an ambling instrumental.

Murphy said “Yeah” was one of the toughest LCD Soundsystem tracks to create – unsurprising considering both versions manages to dissect three decades of dance music in under 10 minutes. Check them out below, yeah?

“Crass Version”:

“Pretentious Version”:

And, of course, no Best Songs Ever post would be complete without a live video to finish shit off! For the dumbfounded among you (“Dafuk so good about a song based around one solitary word?!”) - check out this live footage from Brussels in 2010.

The genius of LCD Soundsystem laid in their live shows. Only on stage would their semi-novelty songs truly come to life. Why? Well the crowd never had to worry about forgetting the lyrics, for starters:

Lyrics:

[Yeah, yeah, yeah] (x fucking infinity!!)

Everybody keeps on talking about it... nobody's getting it done
I'm tired, tired, tired now of listening, listening... knowing that the ship's gotta run

[Yeah, yeah, yeah] (x fucking infinity!!)

[Everybody keeps on pushing and shoving... nobody's, got the guts] (x3)
You owe me ti-ti-time, now they're writing me in... I'm gonna act like I should

[Yeah, yeah, yeah] (x fucking infinity!!)

[Everybody keeps on listening in... Nobody listening up] (x2)
We've been try-try-trying now to let you in... And, you just got let in by their luck
Everybody keeps on talking about it... nobody's getting it done

Everybody keeps on talking about it... nobody's getting it done
I'm tired, tired, tired now of listening, listening... knowing that the ship's gotta run, just gotta run

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