Seconds
LCD Soundsystem - Someone Great

By: Derek Miller
2007-07-16



Posted 07/16/2007 - 08:29:18 AM by Northernlion:
 Great article about one of the best songs of the year. I appreciate the way you tackled an interpretation of the song different than my own. I always thought (and still do) that the song was about the death of a friend. The only line that really sticks out as me as incongruous with this is "There shouldn't be this radio silence/but what are the options". Keep it up.
 
Posted 07/16/2007 - 08:51:31 AM by smezzer:
 yeah, great article on quite possibly the best song of the year and easily the best song on Sound of Silver (which is no mean feat). I've always thought it was about a bereavement as well, although there's really is no specific 'proof' to hang your coat on. I thought lines like "you're smaller than my wife imagined" did sort of indicate something like this, and i did read references to it being about the death of his father. But yes, it is left open to interpretation (like many of the songs on the album). The ways you've dealt with the issues of loss in your article are admirable either way
 
Posted 07/16/2007 - 09:29:23 AM by blackrooster:
 I thought the same of the other two comments, with it being about death and bieng excellent also. There is something just perfect about this song with the lovely weather/ coffee isn't even bitter verse really hitting me each time I hear it.
 
Posted 07/16/2007 - 11:02:43 AM by long00:
 Yeah, the album is dedicated to "the memory of Dr. George Kamen (1942-2006)". I thought I read somewhere that Someone Great might be about his death.
 
Posted 07/16/2007 - 02:58:52 PM by DerekMiller:
 You are all probably right in terms of the song's true subject. Oddly enough, I will still never hear any of that in "Someone Great."
 
Posted 07/16/2007 - 05:21:05 PM by syurix:
 I have very little to add besides the fact that when I first heard this thing I immediately had to listen to it 3 more times in a row.
 
Posted 07/16/2007 - 07:06:02 PM by PlatypusQuest:
 You will all presumably hate me for saying this, but I really don't care for this song at all. For one, I find the lyrics to be rather contrived. Furthermore, I think the bells are an awful touch -- and this is coming from a percussionist. Admittedly, the beat is pretty solid, but it can't bring to listen to this song.
 
Posted 07/16/2007 - 11:06:56 PM by cinatyte:
 One of the very best songs of the year, but I'm inclined to go with the death angle. We *think* it's about a girl, but then the reference to his wife comes out of nowhere. I'm convinced it's about a male friend of his, an old college friend or drinking buddy. Murphy has partied with him, they've ogled the same women, gone to the same shows, exchanged harsh words as friends tend to do ("Time to Get Away", in fact, may be one of these arguments). The impression I always got was that this friend was a vital figure in Murphy's life; he's that classic old best friend who always gets brought up in stories. By the time Murphy and his wife are gazing down at the open casket, his wife finally gets the chance to see the man who was so a part of her husband's life; naturally, she is "surprised [he] was human". So yes, it is a love song, but it's about a platonic male love. Derek did a fantastic job with this article; it's telling that a song released just 4 months ago has already found its way into Seconds. It deserves it.
 
Posted 07/17/2007 - 01:45:08 PM by pindar:
 I went back and forth a lot on what this song was "about": a break-up, a death, a break-up that feels like a death, until I settled on it just being about the loss of a person in your life. It's just as resonant to me when interpreted that way, plus it carries the subtext that longing can be a self-focused emotion--that in some ways, missing somebody is about their absence from _your_ life, whatever their own fate happens to be.
 
Posted 07/17/2007 - 07:23:09 PM by garlad1:
 Frankly, the song reminds me of the 5:00am phone call on christmas eve six years ago, when my buddy woke me up to tell me our best friend Jimmy had just died. JM totally nails that whole vibe: the post-ring premonition, the breathing, the emptiness afterwards. Kinda a bummer song, really. Play it almost every day. Good friends deserve to be remembered.
 
Posted 07/17/2007 - 10:39:17 PM by Zarklephaser:
 Song of the year.
 
Posted 07/18/2007 - 06:48:17 AM by johnedowney:
 The "voice on the other end" part indicated death to me, too. One of the best songs of the year.