7.4/10
2,338
6 user 50 critic

Shut Up and Play the Hits (2012)

Not Rated | | Documentary, Music | 18 July 2012 (USA)
Trailer
2:11 | Trailer

Watch Now

With Prime Video

WATCH NOW
On April 2nd 2011, LCD Soundsystem played its final show at Madison Square Garden. Documenting this once in a life time performance and an intimate portrait of James Murphy as he navigates the lead-up to the show, the day after, and the personal and professional ramifications of his decision.
1 nomination. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Documentary | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

First-time filmmaker and award-winning photographer Sam Jones documents the recording of Wilco's album, "Yankee Hotel Foxtrot."

Director: Sam Jones
Stars: Jeff Tweedy, John Stirratt, Leroy Bach
Documentary | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

An entertaining "rockumentary" about Radiohead that shows some of the tedium of being a rock star, as well as some of the fun stuff.

Director: Grant Gee
Stars: Radiohead, Thom Yorke, Jonny Greenwood
Documentary | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

In 2007 the legendary American duo White Stripes toured Canada. Besides playing the usual venues they challenged themselves and played in buses, cafés and for Indian tribal elders. Music ... See full summary »

Director: Emmett Malloy
Stars: Alex Debogorski, Maria Durham, Jack White
Documentary | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

A documentary on the Louisville, Kentucky band Slint with a focus on their seminal final album, Spiderland.

Director: Lance Bangs
Stars: Steve Albini, Todd Brashear, Ian MacKaye
Documentary | Biography | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

A documentary about the English rock band Blur.

Directors: Will Lovelace, Dylan Southern
Stars: Damon Albarn, Graham Coxon, Alex James
Documentary | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

A documentary on the electric guitar from the point of view of three significant rock musicians: the Edge, Jimmy Page and Jack White.

Director: Davis Guggenheim
Stars: Jimmy Page, The Edge, Jack White
Dig! (2004)
Documentary | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

A documentary on the once-promising American rock bands The Brian Jonestown Massacre and The Dandy Warhols, and the friendship/rivalry between their respective founders, Anton Newcombe and Courtney Taylor.

Director: Ondi Timoner
Stars: Anton Newcombe, Courtney Taylor-Taylor, Joel Gion
Documentary | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

The definitive film about Creation Records, one of the world's most successful and colorful independent labels.

Director: Danny O'Connor
Stars: Alan McGee, Bobby Gillespie, Noel Gallagher
Documentary | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

Michael Rapaport documents the inner workings and behind the scenes drama that follows this innovative and influential band to this day.

Director: Michael Rapaport
Stars: Q-Tip, Phife Dawg, Ali Shaheed Muhammad
Documentary | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Britpop band Pulp found fame on the world stage in the mid-1990s with anthems including "Common People" and "Disco 2000". Twenty five years and 10 million album sales later, they return to their hometown for their last UK concert.

Director: Florian Habicht
Stars: Pulp, Jarvis Cocker, Nick Banks
Documentary | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  

An innovative concert movie for the rock group The Talking Heads.

Director: Jonathan Demme
Stars: David Byrne, Bernie Worrell, Alex Weir
Edit

Cast

Credited cast:
...
Chuck Klosterman ...
Himself
Keith Wood ...
Nancy Whang ...
Herself
Pat Mahoney ...
Himself
...
Himself
Tyler Pope ...
Himself
Gavin Russom ...
Himself
...
Himself
David Scott Stone ...
Himself
Matt Thornley ...
Himself
Gunnar Bjerk ...
Himself
...
Herself
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Keith Anderson ...
Himself
...
Himself
Edit

Storyline

On April 2nd 2011, LCD Soundsystem played its final show at Madison Square Garden. LCD frontman James Murphy had made the conscious decision to disband one of the most celebrated and influential bands of its generation at the peak of its popularity, ensuring that the band would go out on top with the biggest and most ambitious concert of its career. The instantly sold out, near four-hour extravaganza did just that, moving the thousands in attendance to tears of joy and grief, with New York magazine calling the event "a marvel of pure craft" and TIME magazine lamenting "we may never dance again." Documenting this once in a life time performance and an intimate portrait of James Murphy as he navigates the lead-up to the show, the day after, and the personal and professional ramifications of his decision. Written by Pulse Films

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Genres:

Documentary | Music

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Official Sites:

| |  »

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

18 July 2012 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

LCD Soundsystem: Cállate y toca los éxitos  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$23,417 (USA) (27 July 2012)

Gross:

$505,154 (USA) (12 August 2012)
 »

Company Credits

Production Co:

,  »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

The title of the film was thought up by Win Butler, who yelled it at James Murphy while the filmmakers were trying to decide on a title. See more »

Quotes

Keith Wood: James, it's Keith. Um, so, um, I guess you're sleeping - well, I hope you're sleeping after last night!
See more »

Connections

Features The Colbert Report: LCD Soundsystem (2011) See more »

Soundtracks

Bye Bye Bayou
Written by Alan Vega
Performed by James Murphy
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more (Spoiler Alert!) »

User Reviews

 
Time to say goodbye
3 November 2013 | by (Ireland) – See all my reviews

"Hey", Steve Albini wrote, "breaking up is an idea that occurred to far too few groups". However, it's definitely an idea that occurred to LCD Soundsystem, as frontman James Murphy decided to disband the group, not long after their third album was released, despite the fact that they were now at the peak of their fame and acclaim. Nothing bad had happened – there were no bust-ups between members, drug troubles or any other music clichés – Murphy simply wanted to wave goodbye to his dance-punk creation and respect should be given to him for that. He chose to go out with a bang, by staging the group's largest gig to date on the 2nd April 2011, in New York's Madison Square Garden to a crowd of nearly 20,000. That gig is chronicled in this excellent Will Lovelace-and-David Southern-directed documentary. The live footage on display here is superb, with an Arcade Fire-featuring rendition of 'North American Scum' and the emotional climactic performance of 'New York, I Love You But You're Bringing Me Down' proving to be highlights.

However, 'Shut Up and Play the Hits' isn't strictly a concert movie, as it also features some backstage footage, an interview recorded a week before the gig and clips of Murphy rambling around New York, often with his little bulldog in tow. This may sound boring when compared to the palpable energy of the concert footage, but these intercuts are anything but. They're revealing and engaging as we are given a glimpse of Murphy leading up to the final gig and the day after it. In particular, the interview is the most interesting with Murphy offering an overview of LCD Soundsystem and refreshingly frank responses to the questions he is asked.

This film isn't just for LCD Soundsystem aficionados; it's one for anyone who enjoys music documentaries. And if you are a fan of James Murphy, I struggle to imagine any reason why you wouldn't like this. Its offstage clips are poignant, while its beautifully shot concert footage is absorbing. If this truly is the end of the group, then this is a terrific way to say farewell.


7 of 8 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Contribute to This Page