Call the Police (LCD Soundsystem song)

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"Call the Police"
LCD Soundsystem - Call the Police and American Dream cover art.jpg
Double A-side single cover art
Single by LCD Soundsystem
from the album American Dream
Released May 5, 2017 (2017-05-05)
Length 7:01
Producer(s) James Murphy
LCD Soundsystem singles chronology
"Christmas Will Break Your Heart"
"Call the Police" / "American Dream"

"Christmas Will Break Your Heart"
"Call the Police" / "American Dream"

"Call the Police" (stylized as "call the police" on digital releases) is a song by American rock band LCD Soundsystem. It was released together with "American Dream" as a digital double A-side single on May 5, 2017, through DFA Records and Columbia Records,[1] as the lead single from their fourth studio album, American Dream (2017). The song peaked at number 78 in Scotland and number 26 on the Billboard Hot Rock Songs chart.

Background and composition[edit]

Prior to the official release of the song, "Call the Police" was first performed live during one of the band's sets at the then-recently opened Brooklyn Steel venue in Brooklyn, New York. It was performed during the first encore of their April 6 show, where it was known as "Call Police" on the setlist. The band had made a plea to those in attendance at the show, asking them not to film their performance so they could officially release the track the way they wish to do so.[2]

"Call the Police" was mixed by Dave Sardy at his studio in Los Angeles and mastered by Bob Weston at Chicago Mastering Service.[3] The track has been noted as a post-punk song by some music critics.[4][5] Eric Shorey of Nylon felt as though the song didn't deviate too far away from the band's general style of music, noting that "it's not hard to imagine the new jam entering the canon of dance-punk classics."[6] The track drew comparisons to the work of David Bowie; James Murphy's vocals were compared to Bowie's,[7] the guitars were noted as similar to those of his song "'Heroes'",[8][9] and Rhian Daly of NME wrote that the song "shares the galactic explorer feel of some of Bowie‘s finest work," using his "Moonage Daydream" track as an example.[10] Comparisons were also drawn to U2.[11]


"Call the Police" was released alongside "American Dream" as a double A-side single digitally on May 5, 2017;[12][13] they were made available once midnight was reached in one's time zone.[14] The release acts as the band's first non-Christmas single in seven years (if "Christmas Will Break Your Heart" is not counted).[15] The single release was accompanied by a post on the band's official Facebook page, which also included an update regarding the progress of their upcoming studio album.[14] The band later performed "Call the Police" during the May 6 episode of Saturday Night Live's 42nd season.[16]


All personnel adapted from American Dream liner notes.[17]


Chart (2017) Peak
Scotland (Official Charts Company)[18] 78
US Hot Rock Songs (Billboard)[19] 26
US Hot Singles Sales (Billboard)[20] 5


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  3. ^ Kaufman, Gil (May 4, 2017). "LCD Soundsystem Will Drop Two New Singles at Midnight, Perform Them on 'Saturday Night Live'". Billboard. Retrieved May 21, 2017.
  4. ^ Miller, Matt (September 1, 2017). "LCD Soundsystem Is Back. But This Is Not the Same LCD Soundsystem". Esquire. Retrieved September 1, 2017.
  5. ^ Carter, Geoff (August 31, 2017). "LCD Soundsystem's 'American Dream' delivers the sonic punch to drown out the chaos around us". Las Vegas Weekly. Retrieved September 1, 2017.
  6. ^ Shorey, Eric (May 4, 2017). ""Call the Police:" LCD Soundsystem Dropped A New Song". Nylon. Retrieved May 14, 2017.
  7. ^ McDermott, Maeve (May 5, 2017). "LCD Soundsystem skirts politics on songs 'Call the Police,' 'American Dream'". USA Today. Retrieved May 21, 2017.
  8. ^ Russell, Scott (May 5, 2017). "LCD Soundsystem Is Back With Two New Songs, "American Dream" and "Call the Police"". Paste. Retrieved May 21, 2017.
  9. ^ Ryan, Seán (May 5, 2017). "Special: Listen to two new tracks from LCD Soundsystem". State. Retrieved May 20, 2017.
  10. ^ Daly, Rhian (May 4, 2017). "LCD Soundsystem hint at career best album with new songs 'Call The Police' and 'American Dream'". NME. Retrieved May 20, 2017.
  11. ^ Cook-Wilson, Winston (May 5, 2017). "On "Call the Police," LCD Soundsystem Are Just as Confused as the Rest of Us". Spin. Retrieved May 21, 2017.
  12. ^ Sherburne, Philip (May 5, 2017). ""Call the Police"/"American Dream" by LCD Soundsystem Review". Pitchfork. Retrieved May 16, 2017.
  13. ^ "call the police / american dream - Single by LCD Soundsystem". Apple Music U.S. May 5, 2017. Retrieved May 14, 2017.
  14. ^ a b Gerardi, Matt (May 4, 2017). "LCD Soundsystem to release 2 new songs tonight at midnight". The A.V. Club. Retrieved May 5, 2017.
  15. ^ Hart, Otis (May 7, 2017). "LCD Soundsystem Brought Its New Songs To 'Saturday Night Live'". NPR. Retrieved May 27, 2017.
  16. ^ Tarnoff, Brooke (May 7, 2017). "Watch LCD Soundsystem Perform 'American Dream' and 'Call the Police' on 'SNL'". Billboard. Retrieved May 7, 2017.
  17. ^ American Dream (album liner notes). LCD Soundsystem. DFA Records; Columbia Records. 2017.
  18. ^ "Official Scottish Singles Sales Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved May 16, 2017.
  19. ^ "LCD Soundsystem Chart History (Hot Rock Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved May 16, 2017.
  20. ^ " Only Songs search". Retrieved May 16, 2017.