Never As Tired As When Waking Up: A Song That Hits Close to Home

I’m exhausted. The past few weeks have been a whirlwind, and I apologize for the lack of updates. With the recent election and starting a new job, my mind hasn’t been in the right place to write about music. Despite the challenges, everything is slowly falling into place now. So, here I am, back with more Songs For 3AM, ready to share my thoughts on the overlooked gem, “Never As Tired As When I’m Waking Up” by LCD Soundsystem.

The Anthem of My Tinder Adventures

Embarrassingly enough, this song has become my anthem on Tinder. Set one fateful night, it has remained unchanged because it resonates with me. While LCD Soundsystem’s mega-hits like “Disco Infiltrator” or “Daft Punk Is Playing At My House” may overshadow it, this track holds a special place in my heart. As a young art student, LCD Soundsystem provided the soundtrack to my freshman year of college. I watched “Shut Up and Play The Hits” on repeat, hoping to find inspiration and direction in James Murphy’s casual pretentiousness.

The Emotional Power of “Never As Tired…”

“Somebody Great” by LCD Soundsystem always manages to bring tears to my eyes. It’s that emotional punch that fuels my artistic endeavors. Similarly, “Never As Tired As When I’m Waking Up” packs a powerful punch. It’s almost seductively produced, relying on a guitar drenched in effects to convey its somewhat uncomfortable message. The song gradually builds up to an explosive, grungy climax, where the narrator realizes that their relationship is purely based on pleasure. It’s a jarring revelation that leads to one of my favorite lines from James Murphy: “And it feels like I’m in love again, with what you do, just not with you (but I’ll keep on telling myself it’s you).”

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Embracing the Dark Side

Much like “I Can Change,” the narrator in this song presents themselves as someone who is willing to compromise anything for convenience and a semblance of normalcy. It’s not exactly admirable behavior, but it makes for a captivating story. At the end of the day, what draws me to this track is the energy it brings to LCD Soundsystem’s catalog. It’s an outlier, especially for the era when it was released, but that’s precisely why it stands out to me. The sleazy, hazy 3 AM vibe, fueled by the captivating guitar work, earns this song a well-deserved spot on my blog.

Reflecting on Tinder Anthems

Writing this article has made me question whether this song should remain my anthem on Tinder. Perhaps, I don’t need Tinder at all. It’s moments like these that make me contemplate the direction of my own life. But I digress.

Thank you for taking the time to read about tonight’s song. If you’re interested, you can find the full playlist here. Feel free to share your thoughts on the song either in the comments or on social media. I welcome discussion and don’t mind a bit of friendly banter. As a parting challenge, I dare you to explore something new today. Expand your musical horizons. Who knows? You might discover your own personal anthem along the way.

Stay tuned for more nightly updates as I continue to add songs and explain my thought process. And remember, as we navigate the ups and downs of life, sometimes it’s the songs that truly speak to our tired souls.

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P.S. – I’m blessed to have incredibly talented friends. Keep an eye out for the amazing tracks coming soon from the band Estoy Listo. And if you’re into supporting independent, inclusive record labels, check out Moon Physics. They recently welcomed OOF Records into their orbit of cool people (plus, they have finger boards).

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