Losing My Edge

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"Losing My Edge"
Single by LCD Soundsystem
from the album LCD Soundsystem
B-side"Beat Connection (Extended Disco Dub)"
ReleasedJuly 2002
  • 7:53 (single version)
  • 4:23 (video edit)
Songwriter(s)James Murphy
Producer(s)The DFA
LCD Soundsystem singles chronology
"Losing My Edge"
"Give It Up"

"Losing My Edge" is the debut single by American rock band LCD Soundsystem. It was released as a 12-inch single in July 2002, through DFA Records. It was later featured on the CD version of their eponymous debut studio album. "Losing My Edge" peaked at number 115 on the UK Singles Chart. It was also listed at number 13 on Pitchfork's Top 500 Songs of the 2000s list.[1] In October 2011, NME placed it at number 40 on its "150 Best Tracks of the Past 15 Years" list.[2] In June 2018, Rolling Stone listed it at number 77 on its "The 100 Greatest Songs of the Century – So Far" list.[3]


In an interview with the music site "ireallylovemusic", James Murphy (the leader of the group) explained his inspiration for the song: "When I was DJing, playing Can, Liquid Liquid, ESG, all that kind of stuff, I became kind of cool for a moment, which was a total anomaly. And when I heard other DJs playing similar music ...I was afraid that this new found coolness was going to go away and that's where 'Losing My Edge' comes from."[4]


"Losing My Edge" is a dance-punk,[5] alternative dance,[6] and techno[7] song. It features a rhythm similar to "Change" by Killing Joke.[8] DFA Records cofounder Tim Goldsworthy admitted that ""Losing My Edge" was "a rip-off of a Killing Joke track".[9]

Track listing[edit]

Side A
1."Losing My Edge" 
Side B
1."Beat Connection" (Extended Disco Dub) 


Personnel adapted from the liner notes of the single's Record Store Day 2012 release.[11]


Chart (2003) Peak
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[12] 115

Release history[edit]

Region Date Label Format Catalogue no.
US July 2002[13] DFA 12" dfa 2123[10]
UK 2002 Output OPRDFA002[14]
US April 21, 2012[15] DFA 12" (Record Store Day) dfa 2123r[16]


  1. ^ Remastering, only for the song's remastered re-release.
  1. ^ Richardson, Mark (August 21, 2009). "The Top 500 Tracks of the 2000s: 20-1 > 13. LCD Soundsystem –"Losing My Edge"". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved December 1, 2015.
  2. ^ "150 Best Tracks Of The Past 15 Years". NME. Retrieved December 1, 2015.
  3. ^ "The 100 Greatest Songs of the Century – So Far". Rolling Stone. June 28, 2018. Retrieved July 1, 2018.
  4. ^ Doran, John. "Soundsystem and Vision". ireallylovemusic. Archived from the original on January 17, 2006.
  5. ^ Lambert, Molly (July 27, 2012). "Just a Couple of Normal People on a Stage: LCD Soundsystem's Shut Up and Play the Hits and Katy Perry's Part of Me". Grantland. Retrieved August 20, 2017.
  6. ^ Doran, John (January 5, 2016). "Disco Infiltrated: An Early LCD Soundsystem Interview". The Quietus. Retrieved January 11, 2016.
  7. ^ Rolling Stone Staff (June 28, 2018). "The 100 Greatest Songs of the Century – So Far". Rolling Stone. Retrieved May 31, 2023. Over a budget-techno pulse, James Murphy brags of his hipster exploits...
  8. ^ "You Were There: The Complete LCD Soundsystem". Pitchfork Media. March 28, 2011. Retrieved December 1, 2015.
  9. ^ Goodman, Lizzy (2017). Meet Me in the Bathroom. HarperCollins. p. 288. ISBN 978-0-06-223309-7. Tim Goldsworthy: "Losing My Edge" is a direct rip-off of a Killing Joke track.
  10. ^ a b "LCD Soundsystem – Losing My Edge / Beat Connection Images". Discogs. Retrieved December 1, 2015.
  11. ^ Losing My Edge (single liner notes). LCD Soundsystem. DFA Records. 2012.{{cite AV media notes}}: CS1 maint: others in cite AV media (notes) (link)
  12. ^ Zywietz, Tobias. "Chart Log UK – L". Zobbel.de. Retrieved December 1, 2015.
  13. ^ Patel, Puja (July 10, 2012). ""Losing My Edge" Turns 10". Stereogum. Retrieved April 14, 2017.
  14. ^ "LCD Soundsystem – Losing My Edge". Reefer Records. Retrieved May 4, 2016.[permanent dead link]
  15. ^ Hudson, Alex (March 8, 2012). "LCD Soundsystem to Reissue "Losing My Edge" for Record Store Day". Exclaim!. Retrieved April 14, 2017.
  16. ^ Losing My Edge (CD notes). LCD Soundsystem. DFA. 2012. Retrieved April 14, 2017.{{cite AV media notes}}: CS1 maint: others in cite AV media (notes) (link)

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