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The cover for the initial Nike+ release
EP by LCD Soundsystem
Released 17 October 2006 (2006-10-17)
Recorded 2006
Genre Dance-punk, electronica, ambient techno


71:02 (CD release)
Label DFA, Nike
Producer The DFA, Cornerstone
LCD Soundsystem chronology
Sound of Silver
Alternative cover

45:33 is a composition by LCD Soundsystem. Commissioned by Nike, New York-based creative lifestyle marketing and public relations agency Cornerstone helped the music efforts and coordinated the track.[1] The original work was initially available exclusively at Nike Music Store on iTunes.[2] A re-release on CD and vinyl was issued by DFA Records on November 12, 2007.[3]

An eight track remix CD entitled 45:33 Remixes was released September 2009.


The publicity for 45:33 described it as being designed to accompany jogging workouts, "to reward and push at good intervals of a run." An early statement detailed that the composition had been refined after several runs on the treadmill.[2] James Murphy later admitted that this was entirely a lie on his part, and that he does not actually jog. He stated that he wanted to make a long-form record like E2-E4 by Manuel Göttsching and used the opportunity provided by Nike to do so.[4] The artwork of 45:33 also resembles that of Göttsching's work.[5]

Parts of 45:33 were later used on the album Sound of Silver, in particular the track "Someone Great", which appears on 45:33 as an instrumental section later distinguished as track 3. The complete track was also released for registered Nike+ users in late March 2007 as a gift of appreciation when Nike+ logged its 10 millionth mile. The composition was available to be sold by Nike via iTunes for six months. DFA Records announced that 45:33 would be re-released on November 12, 2007.[3]

Although the composition is titled 45:33, a reference to the two most common speeds, in RPM, of vinyl records, the actual length is slightly longer.[2]

For the last series of concerts at Terminal 5 and Madison Square Garden, LCD Soundsystem performed 45:33 in full during the second set (save for Part 3 which eventually became Someone Great). In the place of Part 3, LCD Soundsystem performed Sound of Silver.[6]

Critical reception[edit]

This song generally received positive reviews from music critics. Manuel Göttsching was, however, critical of the composition, despite it being inspired by his own work. He said: "Musically, there is nothing related to E2-E4 – it's just a 'megamix' of his work." [7]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 86/100[8]
Review scores
Source Rating
The A.V. Club A[9]
Entertainment Weekly A[10]
The Guardian 4/5 stars[11]
Hot Press 4/5 stars[12]
NME (7/10)
Pitchfork Media (8.0/10)[13]
Prefix Magazine (6.5/10)[14]
Rockfeedback 4/5 stars[15]
The Second Supper 3/5 stars[16]
Stylus Magazine A-[17]

Track listing[edit]

iTunes release[edit]

No. Title Length
1. "45:33"   45:58

CD reissue[edit]

Note: The first six tracks are listed simply as "45:33".

No. Title Length
1. "45:33" (part 1) 2:51
2. "45:33" (part 2) 6:31
3. "45:33" (part 3) 8:30
4. "45:33" (part 4) 10:42
5. "45:33" (part 5) 9:18
6. "45:33" (part 6) 8:13
7. "Freak Out/Starry Eyes"   12:22
8. "North American Scum" (onanistic dub) 8:56
9. "Hippie Priest Bum-Out"   4:26

eMusic release[edit]

No. Title Length
1. "45:33"   46:04
2. "Hippie Priest Bum-Out"   4:26


  • James Murphy – drums, percussion, drum programming, handclaps, bass guitar, guitar, vocals, glockenspiel, clavinet, organ, synthesizer, vocoder
  • Additional personnel
  • Alex Frankel – wurlitzer piano
  • Eric Broucek – programming
  • Jason Disu – trumpet
  • Carter Yasutake – trumpet
  • Terra Deva – vocals


  1. ^ "Music for Runners, Volume 2: Nike Releases Second Recording". WSJ:. October 23, 2006. 
  2. ^ a b c Phillips, Amy (2006-10-16). "LCD Soundsystem Makes 45-Minute Track for Nike". Pitchforkmedia.com. Retrieved 2007-02-05. 
  3. ^ a b Maher, Dave (2007-08-13). "Arcade Fire and LCD: Not Just a Tour, But a Split 7"!". Pitchforkmedia.com. Retrieved 2007-08-15. 
  4. ^ Linssen, Michel (2007-02-10). "Is this it?: James Murphy". London: The Guardian. Archived from the original on 8 March 2007. Retrieved 2007-02-13. 
  5. ^ Fischer, Tobias (May 8, 2007). "Copycats: Ill-advised and uneducated: Two bad examples of ignoring Copyrights". tokafi.com. Retrieved 2011-11-13. 
  6. ^ "LCD Soundsystem Concert Setlist at Madison Square Garden, New York on April 2, 2011". setlist.fm. Retrieved 2011-08-16. 
  7. ^ Naylor, Tony (30 August 2013). "Manuel Göttsching: the Göttfather". The Guardian. Retrieved 31 August 2013. 
  8. ^ http://www.metacritic.com/music/4533/lcd-soundsystem
  9. ^ http://www.avclub.com/review/lcd-soundsystem-em4533em-7399
  10. ^ Reviewed by Sean Howe (2007-11-02). "Entertainment Weekly Review". Ew.com. Retrieved 2011-08-16. 
  11. ^ John Burgess (2007-11-16). "The Guardian Review". London: Music.guardian.co.uk. Retrieved 2011-08-16. 
  12. ^ http://www.hotpress.com/music/reviews/albums/4287259.html
  13. ^ "Pitchfork Media Review". Pitchforkmedia.com. 2006-10-20. Retrieved 2011-08-16. 
  14. ^ http://www.prefixmag.com/reviews/lcd-soundsystem/4533/15847/
  15. ^ http://www.rockfeedback.com/magazine/detail/lcd-soundsystem-4533-dfa-emi
  16. ^ The Second Supper Review
  17. ^ http://www.stylusmagazine.com/reviews/lcd-soundsystem/4533.htm

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