"New York, I Love You but You're Bringing Me Down" by LCD Soundsystem (VIDEO)
Watch the video for "New York, I Love You but You're Bringing Me Down" by LCD Soundsystem, No. 4 on our list of the 100 best NYC songs.
Wed Mar 7 2012
4. LCD Soundsystem, "New York, I Love You but You're Bringing Me Down" (2007)
From an album that inspired a critical love-in came a video that starred Kermit the Frog, for a song that LCD Soundsystem chose to close its farewell show. Its charms are many; A downtempo, half-shrugged first verse turns into a punch-by-punch slugfest by the song's end—the perfect equivalent to any New Yorker's relationship with the city we love to hate and hate to love. Besides appealing to city dwellers' nostalgia, it addresses trivial concerns ("Take me off your mailing list"), along with some big ones ("Our records all show you were filthy but fine"). And why is it all so infuriating? New York knows we'll never break up with her: "You're still the one pool where I'd happily drown."