we can make each other happy
lcd soundsystem- Jump Into the Fire (live)
In 1970, Harry Nilsson had writen two Top Ten records, recorded an album of Randy Newman covers, wrote the soundtrack to a Saturday cartoon movie called 'The Point," and was hailed as the Beatles' favorite American songwriter. Then, in 1971, he decided to rock the fuck out. While "Without You" and the soft-drinking selling "Coconut" are the more famous cuts on Nilsson Smilsson, "Jump Into the Fire" is the clear stand out. It does not sound like a song written by a guy who wrote a hit for the Monkees. The bassline is relentless, sinking underground, into giant caverns, networked caves, and ultimately into a pit of lava, presumably where Nilsson draws the super-villian energy to belt this one out. The drums are nonething less than techtonic, causing earthquakes and breaking up the dinosaurs' precious pangaea, and the guitar offers quick, violent aftershocks.
James Murphy knows his records, and he picked "Jump Into the Fire" for lcd soundsystem's first cover. James and the gang treat this monster right, and have used it's unholy subterraean rock powers as an encore on the recent tour. I've posted a live version, but the song is also the b-side to the "Daft Punk..." single.
The photo comes from the video shoot for "losing my edge." While the Fischerspooner clip never saw the light of day, it apparently featured some psyc-freak-out visuals, which, coincidentally, are what fill my head when I listen to Nilsson.
Shout out to Sarah.