Shut Up and Play the Hits

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Shut Up and Play the Hits
Shut Up and Play the Hits.jpg
DVD cover
Directed by Dylan Southern
Will Lovelace
Produced by Lucas Ochoa
Thomas Benski
James Murphy
Terry Felgate
Starring LCD Soundsystem
Chuck Klosterman
Cinematography Reed Morano
Edited by Mark Burnett
Distributed by Pulse Films
Release dates
  • 22 January 2012 (2012-01-22) (Sundance)
  • 4 September 2012 (2012-09-04) (United Kingdom)
Country United Kingdom
Language English

Shut Up and Play the Hits is a 2012 documentary film directed by Dylan Southern and Will Lovelace that follows LCD Soundsystem frontman James Murphy over a 48-hour period, from the day of the band's final gig at Madison Square Garden to the morning after the show.[1] The film also features intermittent segments from an extended interview between Murphy and pop culture writer Chuck Klosterman.[2] The film premiered at the Sundance Film Festival on January 22, 2012, and was released in the USA for one night only on July 18, 2012.[3] UK showings were held on 4 September 2012.

James Murphy performs a duet with comedian and musician Reggie Watts for one song during the show. Several members of the band Arcade Fire provide backing vocals during a performance of "North American Scum". The film's title is a reference to the moment Win Butler of Arcade Fire shouts "shut up and play the hits" as James introduces the song.

The film also features brief appearances from the Juan MacLean, and David and Stephen Dewaele from the band Soulwax (thereby mirroring James Murphy and Nancy Whang's appearances in the Soulwax film Part of the Weekend Never Dies). Comedian Donald Glover can also be seen dancing in the crowd and making a face for the camera.

The film was released to Blu-ray and DVD on October 9, 2012 in the US and 8 Oct, 2012 in the UK, with a digital release on the band's official Facebook page soon afterwards.

A relatively complete audio recording of this concert was released in April 2014, entitled The Long Goodbye: LCD Soundsystem Live at Madison Square Garden.


The film was met positively by critics and fans alike, particularly for its concert coverage and direction. On Rotten Tomatoes the film holds a rating of 88%, based on 25 reviews.[4] On Metacritic the film has a score of 72 out of 100, indicating "generally favorable reviews".[5] Henry Barnes of The Guardian wrote that it is a "gorgeously shot concert film that cuts repeatedly between the near-desperate abandon of the show and Murphy, in his apartment the following day, wandering around in his pants and petting the dog".[6]

In November 2012, Shut Up and Play the Hits won the "Best Live Music Coverage" category of the UK Music Video Awards.[7]

Track list[edit]

  1. Dance Yrself Clean
  2. Drunk Girls
  3. I Can Change
  4. Time To Get Away
  5. Get Innocuous!
  6. Daft Punk Is Playing At My House
  7. Too Much Love
  8. All My Friends
  9. Tired
  10. 45:33 Part One
  11. 45:33 Part Two
  12. Sound of Silver (intro)
  13. 45:33 Part Four
  14. 45:33 Part Five
  15. 45:33 Part Six
  16. Freak Out/Starry Eyes
  17. Us v Them
  18. North American Scum
  19. Bye Bye Bayou (Alan Vega cover)
  20. You Wanted A Hit
  21. Tribulations
  22. Movement
  23. Yeah (outro)
  24. Someone Great
  25. Losing My Edge
  26. Home
  27. All I Want
  28. Jump Into The Fire (Harry Nilsson cover)
  29. New York I Love You, But You're Bringing Me Down[8]


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