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Hot on the heels of Oscar night, we have the aforementioned soundtrack tune from LCD Soundsystem (of Your Favorite Album Of 2007, fame), which was commissioned for the forthcoming math-kids-counting-cards-in-Vegas Robert Luketic-directed film 21 starring Kevin Spacey (as a math prof), Kate Bosworth (as a “sexy” math teamer), Laurence Fishburne (the casino’s enforcer), etc. The instrumental section sorta reminds us of Throbbing Gristle’s “Hot On The Heels Of Love,” so our opening cliché isn’t entirely accidental.

LCD Soundsystem - 'Big Ideas'

That long instrumental intro seems to suggest a chase scene. Or maybe a really bad-ass game of blackjack. Regardless, it rocks, finding LCD in the continual top dance-funk form they located on Sound Of Silver. 21’s premiering at SXSW on 3/7, with a party celebrating the release of soundtrack set for 3/13. Here’s the tracklist:

01 The Rolling Stones (Soulwax Remix) – “You Can’t Always Get What You Want”
02 MGMT – “Time To Pretend”
03 LCD Soundsystem – “Big Ideas”
04 D. Sardy featuring Liela Moss – “Giant”
05 Amon Tobin – “Always”
06 Peter Bjorn and John – “Young Folks”
07 Junkie XL featuring Electrocute – “Mad Pursuit”
08 Get Shakes – “Sister Self Doubt”
09 The Aliens – “I Am Unknown”
10 Rihanna – “Shut Up And Drive”
11 Knivez Out – “Alright”
12 Domino – “Tropical Moonlight”
13 UNKLE – “Hold My Hand”
14 Mark Ronson featuring Kasabian – “L.S.F. (Lost Souls Forever)”
15 Broadcast – “Tender Buttons”

If you’re into blackjack, mathematics, or Kate Bosworth, you can dig further at the movie’s official site.

Comments (39)
  1. Kevin Spacey's Boyfriend  |   Posted on Feb 25th, 2008 0

    What if you’re into Kevin Spacey?

  2. tvc  |   Posted on Feb 25th, 2008 0

    I see the long intro as a slow-motion entry of the math nerds into the casino, Kate Bosworth giving come-hither glances at the camera, whatever harmless male-lead is out front looking confident, giving suave winks to the cocktail waitresses along the way, the entire casino slowly noticing this unstoppable crew.

    And when the big voices come in we see our heroes sitting down to the blackjack table! They place their bets, tensions run high, the dealer starts to sweat, LCD pulses in the background while the audience is quivering in anticipation of the next card thrown down on the table. What’s this? Our hero is saying hit me at 18? Insanity! Those big ideas have got him again!

    But wait! My lord! The card, it’s a 3! As the chorus of the song and the excellent guitar lick jumps in, the casino erupts in shock and awe! The dealer, flabbergasted, hangs his head in disgrace while our hero rises triumphantly, Kate Bosworth drooling uncontrollably on his arm, and math nerds now rule the world! LCD Soundsysem is their battle cry! Huzzah!

    Or probably the song will be the third one played while the credits roll. I hope the ushers cleaning the theater get a kick out of it.

  3. Freddy  |   Posted on Feb 25th, 2008 0

    Madonna’s “Justify My Love” reminds me a lot of “HOTHOL,” this song, not so much.

  4. Danny  |   Posted on Feb 25th, 2008 0

    Anybody else have a moment where, when the guitar kicks in, they thought “wait, is this going to segway into Bangers and Mash”?

  5. That is some hot production right there.

  6. That guy in the picture was pretty good as the zombie in “Shaun of the Dead”

  7. Sounds solid. But we need this in mp3 form!

  8. gabriel  |   Posted on Feb 25th, 2008 0

    this band don’t know how is music mix all i like for me, lcd are so passioned by the music that the pleasure we have is amazing.

  9. brian  |   Posted on Feb 25th, 2008 0

    Gabriel:

    That sentence is complete fucking gibberish.

    Does LCD remind you of the E-fueled rave music scene of the 90′s?

  10. adrienne  |   Posted on Feb 25th, 2008 0

    OMG THIS SONG IS SO GOOD. LCD CAN DO NO WRONG.

  11. brian  |   Posted on Feb 26th, 2008 0

    OMG TEH BEATZ ARE SICK BEST SONG EVA YO.

  12. Les  |   Posted on Feb 26th, 2008 0

    Nothing special

  13. Dan  |   Posted on Feb 26th, 2008 0

    Enough about you, Les

  14. Dan  |   Posted on Feb 26th, 2008 0

    Since one of his songs is on the soundtrack, this is probably a good time to mention that Amon Tobin rules. If you’ve never had the pleasure, check out his myspace page or something. Amon Tobin is simply the best electronic recording artist.

  15. fletcher  |   Posted on Feb 26th, 2008 0

    Is there no link anymore? Am I missing something?

  16. wingo  |   Posted on Feb 26th, 2008 0

    >Does LCD remind you of the E-fueled rave music scene of the 90′s?

    Ummm, yeah. I think that’s actually exactly what it is, in fact. A bit boring IMHO.

  17. Adam  |   Posted on Feb 26th, 2008 0

    Where’s the link?

  18. indeed  |   Posted on Feb 26th, 2008 0

    flash player right under the picture…

  19. LCD Soundsystem is what happens when you give an old punk-rocker a computer and synthesizer. I love it.

  20. Les  |   Posted on Feb 27th, 2008 0

    Fuck off Dan

    sorry if I insulted any other James Murphy fanboys

    this song has basically the same build up in “All my Friends”.

    I like LCD Soindsystem but this is nothing special

  21. ryan97ou  |   Posted on Feb 27th, 2008 0

    Is it just me or does this sound like Judas Priest’s “you’ve Got Another Thing Comin”?

  22. Remind me the lyrics of Digitalism : “I have an idea… of you being near…”.
    LCD Soundsystem is a f… good idea !!!

  23. gabe  |   Posted on Feb 29th, 2008 0

    “sexy” math teamer

    all i needed

  24. vic  |   Posted on Mar 1st, 2008 0

    total learning montage.

  25. I like the vocal melody synth squiggles. Unf unf unf.

  26. paul  |   Posted on Mar 11th, 2008 0

    FUCKING ROCKS! there awesome!

  27. paul  |   Posted on Mar 11th, 2008 0

    FUCKING ROCKS! their awesome!

  28. Lack0  |   Posted on Mar 14th, 2008 0

    WOW! I love this music!!!! LCD Soundsystem is THE KING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  29. testicular express  |   Posted on Mar 22nd, 2008 0

    mongoloid porn inferno

  30. Jacko  |   Posted on Apr 22nd, 2008 0

    Joy Division inspired… again. Lovin’ it.

  31. dgk  |   Posted on May 2nd, 2008 0

    I’d just like to encourage Paul to have one more go.

    GO ON PAUL!!!

    You’re nearly they’re…

  32. KAREN  |   Posted on May 8th, 2008 0

    YOUR ALL GONNA LAUGH, BUT I DON’T CARE…I SAW THE MOVIE 21, BECAUSE OF JIM STURGESS BECAUSE HE’S SUCH A BEAUTIFUL SOUL. I LOVED THE SOUNDTRACK SO I BOUGHT IT…MY FAVORITE IS LCD…I AM SO EXCITED TO FIND NEW MUSIC I LOVE. SO HERE’S THE LAUGH…I’M A 65YR, VERY COOL (THE YOUNG ONES TELL ME THIS) LADY..AND I’M JUST NOW GETTING INTO BRIT BANDS AND LOVE THEM..I THINK MORE PEOPLE MY AGE SHOULD LISTEN TO NEW MUSIC, IT KEEPS U YOUNG.

  33. KAREN  |   Posted on May 8th, 2008 0

    YOUR ALL GONNA LAUGH, BUT I DON’T CARE…I SAW THE MOVIE 21, BECAUSE OF JIM STURGESS BECAUSE HE’S SUCH A BEAUTIFUL SOUL. I LOVED THE SOUNDTRACK SO I BOUGHT IT…MY FAVORITE IS LCD…I AM SO EXCITED TO FIND NEW MUSIC I LOVE. SO HERE’S THE LAUGH…I’M A 65YR, VERY COOL (THE YOUNG ONES TELL ME THIS) LADY..AND I’M JUST NOW GETTING INTO BRIT BANDS AND LOVE THEM..I THINK MORE PEOPLE MY AGE SHOULD LISTEN TO NEW MUSIC, IT KEEPS U YOUNG.

  34. Nice n funky. The instrumental build-up, though, isn’t as good as ‘Get Innocuous’.

  35. Marcel  |   Posted on Oct 4th, 2008 0

    James is my idol

  36. Roger  |   Posted on Jan 16th, 2009 0

    one of the best and most original songs of 2008.

  37. “Does LCD remind you of the E-fueled rave music scene of the 90′s?”

    Errr, No. It reminds me of late 70s new wave, in particular Talking Heads.

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