The frontman reveals why LCD Soundsystem's 'All My Friends' matters to him so much
The 1975‘s Matt Healy has revealed what his favourite song of all time is – claiming that ‘All My Friends’ by LCD Soundsystem ‘informs everything that he does’.
The ‘Love Me’ and ‘Chocolate’ singer was speaking to NPR as part of All Songs Considered, when he opened about the influence of James Murphy’s ‘Sound Of Silver’ classic.
“It’s so funny and beautiful,” said Healy. “That album would have come out when I was like 16. I remember hearing that song and thinking ‘OK, that’s it – I’ve found my forever song’. I’d found the song that I knew was going to inform every single song that I ever did. We could get into a musical conversation where we talk about the technicalities, about the fact that it’s two notes, it resolves every couple of bars but it feels like this completely unresolved piece of music that’s never going to end.
“It’s like ‘Sledgehammer’ by Peter Gabriel – it’s got to fade out on it because that beat keeps going, it’s the same kind of thing with this.”
He continued: “This song, it makes me think about life, it makes me think about death, it makes me think about friends past and present and it’s kind of everything to me. I have rinsed this song in my career – technically, emotionally, and I say that with an unabashed freedom because I realised that if I wanted to do it, it needed to be as good as this. It needed to be funny, it needed to be self-aware, it needed to be beautiful, it needed to be culturally aware, but it also worked as a piece of pop music in the way that great pieces of pop music do.”
LCD Soundsystem – “All My Friends” music video
“I’d ‘love to meet” James Murphy, he said: “I met David Byrne once and it was so anti-climactic. I completely messed it up. I just dropped my sweets and said he walked off. His dressing room was next to ours and I was doing that thing of hanging out by the door of the dressing room, which nobody does unless you’re trying to bump into someone.
“I don’t know how I’d be if I met James Murphy. I’d want to eloquently tell him ‘you informed my art and I love you’, but I’d probably just mess it up.”
After LCD Soundsystem cancelled a string of tour dates to work on their new album, it is hoped that the record will be released in 2017. Check out everything we know about LCD Soundsystem’s new album so far.
Fans are also eager for the release of new material from The 1975. The band only released their Mercury-nominated second album ‘I Like It When You Fall Asleep For You Are So Beautiful Yet So Unaware Of It‘ in February this year but Healy had previously suggested it could surface in 2017. However this week, suggested their third album could drop in 2018.
See The 1975’s upcoming UK arena tour dates below. She’ll be supported by The Japanese House on all dates.
Manchester, Arena (December 13)
London, The O2 (December 15, 16)
Newcastle, Arena (December 17)
Glasgow, Hydro (December 19)
Bournemouth, International Centre (December 21)
Cardiff, Motorpoint Arena (December 22)