The Songs Behind The Start Of LCD Soundsystem James Murphy is "retiring" LCD Soundsystem after the band's show at Madison Square Garden on Saturday night. We're marking the occasion by going full-circle and streaming a mix of the artists Murphy name-dropped in his first single, "Losing My Edge," curated by Minnesota Public Radio's The Current.
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The Songs Behind The Start Of LCD Soundsystem

At The End, We Revisit The Anthem That Launched A Career

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James Murphy of LCD Soundsystem performs on stage during the Pentaport Rock Festival at Dream Park on July 24, 2010 in Incheon, South Korea. Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images hide caption

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James Murphy of LCD Soundsystem performs on stage during the Pentaport Rock Festival at Dream Park on July 24, 2010 in Incheon, South Korea.

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LCD Soundsystem's "Losing My Edge"
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One of the most important bands of the last decade, LCD Soundsystem released three classic records, including the masterpiece Sound of Silver. "Losing My Edge" was perhaps the defining song of the 2000s: The name-dropping track is self-deprecating and self-aware in a way to which any music geek can relate.

As LCD Soundsystem heads into retirement — its last show took place Saturday night at New York's Madison Square Garden — we decided to pay homage to a band that helped define the sound of new music. With artists name-checked directly in "Losing My Edge," we created a music stream that pays tribute to where LCD Soundsystem came from and where the band was first inspired.

LCD Soundsystem Cuts

  • LCD Soundsystem, "Losing My Edge"
  • LCD Soundsystem, "Beat Connection"
  • LCD Soundsystem, "Yr City's A Sucker"
  • LCD Soundsystem, "Yeah (Pretentious Version)"
  • LCD Soundsystem, "Daft Punk Is Playing At My House"
  • LCD Soundsystem, "Someone Great"
  • LCD Soundsystem, "All My Friends"
  • LCD Soundsystem, "Pow Pow"

The "Losing My Edge" Mix

  • The Fall, "Totally Wired"
  • Killing Joke, "Change"
  • Can, "Oh Yeah"
  • Can, "Vitamin C"
  • Suicide, "Cheree"
  • Suicide, "Ghost Rider"
  • Captain Beefheart, "Blabber 'n Smoke"
  • Captain Beefheart, "Moonlight In Vermont"
  • Daft Punk, "Da Funk"
  • Daft Punk, "One More Time"
  • Change, "Paradise" (Larry Levan and The Paradise Garage)
  • The Beach Boys, "I Just Wasn't Made For These Times"
  • The Beach Boys, "I'm Waiting For The Day"
  • The Modern Lovers, "Roadrunner"
  • Niagara, "Sangandongo"
  • Derrick May, "Strings Of Life" (Detroit Techno)
  • Yaz, "Don't Go"
  • Yaz, "Situation"
  • This Heat, "Cenotaph"
  • This Heat, "Sleep"
  • Pere Ubu, "30 Seconds Of Tokyo"
  • Pere Ubu, "The Modern Dance"
  • Outsiders, "Story 16"
  • Nation Of Ulysses, "N-Sub Ulysses"
  • Nation Of Ulysses, "Cool Senior High School"
  • Nation Of Ulysses, "Shakedown"
  • Mars, "11,000 Volts"
  • Mars, "Helen Fordsdale"
  • Black Dice, "Things Will Never Be The Same"
  • HardHouse (a.k.a. Todd Terry), "Voices In My House"
  • Todd Terry, "Blackout"
  • Todd Terry, "Something Goin' On (In My Soul)"
  • The Germs, "Lexicon Devil"
  • The Germs, "What We Do Is Secret"
  • Section 25, "Girls Don't Count"
  • Althea & Donna, "Uptown Top Ranking"
  • Sexual Harassment, "I Need A Freak"
  • Sexual Harassment, "If I Gave You A Party"
  • Dorothy Ashby, "Afro Harping"
  • PiL, "Poptones"
  • PiL, "Death Disco"
  • The Fania All-Stars, "Bamboleo"
  • The Fania All-Stars, "Cuando Despiertes"
  • The Bar-Kays, "Soul Finger"
  • The Human League, "Dance Like A Star"
  • The Human League, "Being Boiled"
  • The Human League, "The Things That Dreams Are Made Of"
  • The Human League, "You Remind Me Of Gold"
  • The Normal, "T.V.O.D."
  • The Normal, "Warm Leatherette"
  • Lou Reed, "Perfect Day"
  • Lou Reed, "Satellite Of Love"
  • Lou Reed, "Street Hassle"
  • Scott Walker, "Amsterdam"
  • Scott Walker, "Jackie"
  • Scott Walker, "Mathilde"
  • The Monks, "I Hate You"
  • The Monks, "Complication"
  • The Monks, "Oh How To Do Now"
  • Joy Division, "No Love Lost"
  • Joy Division, "Dead Souls"
  • Joy Division, "Love Will Tear Us Apart"
  • Joy Division, "Transmission"
  • Laurent Garnier, "Orgasm"
  • Laurent Garnier, "Crispy Bacon"
  • Laurent Garnier, "Planet Sex (Legs Mix)"
  • Scientists, "Clear Spot"
  • Scientists, "Leadfoot"
  • The Creation, "Making Time"
  • Royal Trux, "Back To School"
  • Royal Trux, "I'm Ready"
  • Royal Trux, "The Spectre"
  • Sun Ra, "Nuclear War"
  • Sun Ra, "Plutonian Nights"
  • 10cc, "I'm Not In Love"
  • 10cc, "Worst Band In The World"
  • Rammellzee, "Beat Bop"
  • Rammellzee, "Do We Have To Show A Resume?"
  • Eric B. & Rakim, "Eric B. Is President"
  • Eric B. & Rakim, "Paid In Full"
  • Index, "Eight Miles High"
  • Basic Channel, "Octagon"
  • Basic Channel, "Phylyps Trak"
  • Afrika Bambaataa & The Soulsonic Force, "Planet Rock"
  • Afrika Bambaataa & The Soulsonic Force, "Looking For The Perfect Beat"
  • Juan Atkins, "No UFO's"
  • Cybotron (a.k.a. Juan Atkins), "Clear"
  • Manuel Göttsching, "E2-E4 (Pt. 1)"
  • David Axelrod, "Holy Thursday"
  • David Axelrod, Song Of Innocence"
  • The Electric Prunes, "I Had Too Much To Dream (Last Night)"
  • Gil Scott-Heron, "The Revolution Will Not Be Televised"
  • The Slits, "Typical Girls"
  • The Slits, "In The Beginning There Was Rhythm"
  • Faust, "J'ai Mal Aux Dents"
  • Faust, "It's A Rainy Day, Sunshine Girl"
  • Faust, "No Harm"
  • Mantronix, "Bassline"
  • Mantronix, "Needle To The Groove"
  • Pharoah Sanders, "The Creator Has A Master Plan"
  • Pharoah Sanders, "Colours"
  • The Fire Engines, "Candyskin"
  • The Fire Engines, "Get Up And Use Me"
  • Swans, "Can't Find My Way Home"
  • Swans, "Sensitive Skin"
  • Soft Cell, "Say Hello, Wave Goodbye"
  • Soft Cell, "Tainted Love"
  • Soft Cell, "Memorabilia"
  • The Sonics, "Shot Down"
  • The Sonics, "Boss Hoss"
  • The Sonics, "Psycho"
  • The Sonics, "Strychnine"
  • The Sonics, "Witch"