As much as I love LCD Soundsystem, as sure I am that their final live performance, just announced to take place on April 2nd, will be totally awesome, I’m not sure I can get myself to attend a concert with a dress code. (I know I’m being curmudgeonly here — and a Madison Garden full of everyone wearing only black and white will make for great video and photographs. But still. I’m old!) Nevertheless, the event is even more exciting in that the recently reformed art-disco-rock band Liquid Liquid will be opening the show. It’s perfect.
An earlier incarnation of the sort of distinctly New York sound that comes through LCD Soundsystem records, Liquid Liquid is best known for the fact that their 1981 song “Cavern” was sampled, two years later, to make Melle Mel’s classic “White Lines.” (So, you know, bring some cocaine to the all-white-and-or-black party April 2nd.)
Mobb Deep used the great bass line to very ominous effect on their 1999 hit “Quiet Storm.”
Which inspired a strong verse from Lil’ Kim on the remix.
And was subsequently re-sampled, by the R&B; group 112, in 2001.
And, of course, Duran Duran covered “White Lines” in 1995.