LCD Soundsystem: ‘We’re numb to Simon Cowell being a piece of shit’ – NME’s 10 covers special

James Murphy tells NME the acceptance of shows like 'X Factor' makes him 'sad'

LCD Soundsystem‘s James Murphy says reality TV singing contests like The X Factor make him “sad” – because it shows people accept the soulless way music industry is run.

The producer-songwriter was speaking as part of a special 10 covers issue of NME on the state of music in 2010, which is on UK newsstands today (April 7).

Speaking about music contests, Murphy said he had no problem with the shows themselves, just the values they represent.


“I’m not really angry or against them [reality TV contests], it just feels like the same shit as most other pop music,” he told NME.COM. “I don’t know what the big harm is. In one way it’s grotesquely honest, which makes me sad we’re so numb that we’re ok with it – with Simon [Cowell] being a piece of shit and ‘this is how the business is’. That makes me sad that people accept it.”

Murphy also spoke about the future of the album format, which he believes is “over”, and his own plans to move into fiction writing in the future.

“I wanna write fiction,” he declared. “I like books, it what I went to school for, it’s what I was supposed to do, but I got derailed by my musical meanderings.”

You can read the full interview with Murphy, who releases his third LCD Soundsystem album ‘This Is Happening’ on May 17, in this week’s special issue of NME.

The special covers have been put together to mark the launch of the new NME. The magazine has been completely revamped with new front, features and reviews sections, plus an update for NME‘s iconic logo.

You can read a digital version of this week’s magazine online now.


The 10 covers can be viewed on NME.COM right now and feature the following:

1. Jack White
2. Florence And The Machine
3. LCD Soundsystem
4. Rihanna
5. Kasabian
6. Laura Marling
7. Foals
8. MIA
9. Biffy Clyro
10. Magnetic Man

To celebrate the special edition, Golden Tickets are being hidden in copies of this week’s issue of NME. The five tickets will be hidden across the UK and in issues sent out via subscription, and will entitle the finder to two tickets to one of this year’s festivals including the Reading And Leeds Festivals, V Festival and T In The Park.