He may be gone, but David Bowie is seemingly the never-ending gift to the musical world.
In a recent interview, LCD Soundsystem frontman James Murphy said that David Bowie was partly the reason he got the band back together again.
Murphy had been working frequently with Bowie near the end of his life. Murphy began contributing percussion on Bowie’s final album Blackstar, as well going on to remix “The Next Day” and “Love Is Lost” from the album. Murphy had also worked with Bowie on the title track to Arcade Fire’s Reflektor, to which Bowie had provided back up vocals.
A few weeks back, Murphy revealed that the pair had considered working on a duo album prior to Bowie’s death. He said they formed a friendship over email and were in contact frequently with each other.
During a BBC radio interview, Murphy revealed that in one exchange, Bowie offered Murphy some advice about LCD Soundsystem, who had gone on hiatus in 2011.
“I spent a good amount of time with David Bowie, and I was talking about getting the band back together. He said ‘does it make you uncomfortable?’ I said ‘yeah’, and he said ‘good, it should, you should be uncomfortable.'”
“The first thing that popped into my head was ‘what do you know? You don’t know what it’s like to be uncomfortable’. I was imagining that if I was David Bowie, I’d just be walking around flipping everybody off – unless maybe Lou Reed is there. There are literally one or two people where nothing can be said about them. But that’s not who he was ever in his life, he was always making himself uncomfortable. There was such a great feeling of ‘you just don’t know what you are to anybody else’”.
Listen to the entire exchange below: