LCD Soundsystem came in for a lot of criticism from some quarters after revealing their decision to reform, just five years after making a big deal about their break-up and final huge concerts at Madison Square Garden.
At the time, frontman James Murphy wrote a lengthy post on social media defending their decision - but now he has revealed that he was given a nudge to regroup the band by none other than his fellow New York resident David Bowie.
In a new interview with BBC 6 Music, Murphy said: "I spent a good amount of time with David Bowie, and I was talking about coming back, putting the band together. And I was going through the hems and haws of it, and he said, ‘Does it make you uncomfortable?’ And I said, ‘Yeah,’ and he said, ‘Good. It should. You should be uncomfortable.’"
He added: "And the first thing that popped into my head was, ‘What the? What do you know? You don’t know what it’s like to be uncomfortable’” That was my thinking. Because of course I’m imagining that if I was David Bowie, I’d just be walking around flipping everybody off, like, ‘I’m David Bowie!’ Like, nobody can say anything! Unless maybe Lou Reed’s there, and then he can be like, ‘Alright.’ There are maybe one or two people that get to literally not — nothing can be said about them. But that’s not who he was ever in his life. He was always making himself uncomfortable. And it was such a great feeling of, like, you just don’t know what you are to anybody else.”
Murphy also revealed in a recent interview that Bowie has asked him to co-produce what turned out to be his final album, 'Blackstar', but he 'got overwhelmed'. "“I would have had to be somebody else,” he said. “There’s a reason I make music the way I do.”