All My Friends (LCD Soundsystem song)

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"All My Friends"
LCD Soundsystem - All My Friends cover art.jpg
Single by LCD Soundsystem
from the album Sound of Silver
B-side "Freak Out/Starry Eyes" (12")
Released May 28, 2007
Format
Recorded 2006
Genre
Length
  • 7:38 (album version)
  • 4:27 (video edit)
  • 4:11 (short edit)
Label DFA
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s) The DFA
LCD Soundsystem singles chronology
"North American Scum"
(2007)
"All My Friends"
(2007)
"Someone Great"
(2007)
"North American Scum"
(2007)
"All My Friends"
(2007)
"Someone Great"
(2007)
Alternative cover
Cover art for the CD release
Cover art for the CD release

"All My Friends" is a song by American rock band LCD Soundsystem. It was released as the second single from their second studio album Sound of Silver on May 28, 2007 and was written by Pat Mahoney, James Murphy, and Tyler Pope. The song received acclaim from critics and was on many year-end lists. It peaked at #41 on the UK Singles Chart. B-sides for the single include covers of the song by Scottish indie rock band Franz Ferdinand, which was produced by Erol Alkan, and former Velvet Underground member John Cale.

Reception

"All My Friends" was named the #1 song of 2007 by Pitchfork Media.[2] In 2009, Pitchfork listed the song at #2 of their Top 500 Tracks of the 2000s.[3]

It was selected by Guardian Unlimited readers as the best single of 2007.[4] Time magazine named "All My Friends" one of The 10 Best Songs of 2007, ranking it at #4.[5] Rolling Stone ranked "All My Friends" as the 41st best song of the 2000s.[6] In October 2011, NME placed it at number 118 on its list "150 Best Tracks of the Past 15 Years".[7]

The song is about aging, particularly from James Murphy's own reflection. The song is also inspired by the krautrock genre, featuring rapid drumming and a repeated piano melody that plays from the beginning to the end.

Music video

The minimalist music video for "All My Friends" features a single shot of James Murphy wearing face paint and singing into the camera. As the video progresses, LCD Soundsystem live keyboardist Nancy Whang and drummer Pat Mahoney are seen playing behind James Murphy and reflected in mirrors. As the video ends the camera pulls out and several fireworks go off. The video was directed by Tom Kuntz.

Track listing

7" Part One

Side A
No. Title Length
1. "All My Friends" (Franz Ferdinand version) 6:06
Side B
No. Title Length
1. "All My Friends" (Edit) 5:59

7" Part Two

Side A
No. Title Length
1. "All My Friends" (John Cale version) 7:38
Side B
No. Title Length
1. "All My Friends" 7:38

12"

Side A
No. Title Length
1. "All My Friends" (Harvey mix) 7:02
2. "All My Friends" 7:38
Side B
No. Title Length
1. "Freak Out/Starry Eyes" 12:20

CD

No. Title Length
1. "All My Friends" (Edit) 5:59
2. "All My Friends" (Franz Ferdinand version) 6:06
3. "Freak Out/Starry Eyes" 12:20
4. "All My Friends" (Video) 4:27

iTunes EP

Digital download
No. Title Length
1. "All My Friends" 7:42
2. "All My Friends" (John Cale version) 7:38
3. "No Love Lost" 3:40
4. "Freak Out/Starry Eyes" 12:22

Charts

Chart (2007) Peak
position
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[8] 41

Franz Ferdinand version

"All My Friends"
Song by Franz Ferdinand
from the album A Bunch of Stuff
A-side "Can't Stop Feeling"
Format
Recorded 2007
Genre
Length 5:56
Label Domino
Songwriter(s)
  • Pat Mahoney
  • James Murphy
  • Tyler Pope
Producer(s) Erol Alkan
A Bunch of Stuff track listing
"All My Friends"
(1)
"Get Innocuous!" (Soulwax Remix)
(2)

Glaswegian indie rock band Franz Ferdinand covered the song as part of the LCD Soundsystem EP A Bunch of Stuff, which was released on September 18, 2007.[9] Their version also appears on the first 7" and CD formats of the original song and as the b-side to their single "Can't Stop Feeling".[10] A music video for the cover was also made, which was directed by Anna McCarthy, the sister of band member Nick McCarthy.[11]

Track listing

7" vinyl
Side A
No. Title Length
1. "Can't Stop Feeling" 3:03
Side B
No. Title Length
1. "All My Friends" 5:56

References

  1. ^ Powell, Austin (June 11, 2010). "Review: LCD Soundsystem". The Austin Chronicle. Retrieved October 22, 2015. 
  2. ^ Mark Pytlik (17 December 2007). "Top 100 Tracks of 2007". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved 26 November 2011. 
  3. ^ Rob Mitchum (21 August 2009). "The Top 500 Tracks of the 2000s: 20-1". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved 26 November 2011. 
  4. ^ "The GU Music Readers' Poll 2007 results". London: The Guardian. 19 August 2008. Retrieved 26 November 2011. 
  5. ^ Josh Tyrangiel (9 December 2007). "Top 10 Songs - Top 10 Everything of 2007". Time. Retrieved 26 November 2011. 
  6. ^ "Rolling Stone's 100 Best Albums, Songs Of The '00s". Stereogum. 10 December 2009. Retrieved 26 November 2011. 
  7. ^ Priya Elan. "150 Best Tracks Of The Past 15 Years". NME. Retrieved 26 November 2011. 
  8. ^ "Official Singles Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved May 31, 2015.
  9. ^ "A Bunch of Stuff EP". iTunes. 
  10. ^ "Franz Ferdinand - Can't Stop Feeling". Discogs. 
  11. ^ "Franz Ferdinand - All My Friends". YouTube. Retrieved May 31, 2015. 

External links

  • All My Friends: The Melancholy Greatness of the LCD Soundsystem Hit
  • Official "All My Friends" video on YouTube
  • Lyrics of this song at MetroLyrics
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