James Murphy was on the fence about re-forming his dance rock band LCD Soundsystem. After performing what Murphy called their final shows in 2011, a conversation with late rock icon David Bowie convinced the band leader that perhaps he'd pulled the plug too early.
“I spent a good amount of time with David Bowie, and I was talking about getting the band back together,” Murphy told Lauren Laverne on BBC Radio's 6 Music. “He said ‘does it make you uncomfortable?’ I said ‘yeah’, and he said ‘good, it should, you should be uncomfortable’." Murphy had good reason to listen to Bowie, with whom he'd collaborated several times over the years, including on a remix of the song "Love is Lost" from Bowie's 2013 album The Next Day, as well as adding percussion to songs on Bowie's final album, 2016's Black Star.