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LSF Lost Souls Forever

L.S.F. (Lost Souls Forever) was written by Sergio Pizzorno and Christopher Karloff and is the 6th track on Kasabian's debut album. It was released as a single in 9 August 2004 and reached #10 in the UK charts.

BackgroundEdit

L.S.F. (Lost Souls Forever) was originally called Good Souls Forever, abbreviated G.S.F., until the record company misread the G as an L and the title was printed as L.S.F. on a demo.[1]

According to Chris, the lyrics were influenced by things they were reading in the papers at the time and Serge commented that they stem from an "us against the world" sentiment.[2][3] The message is to enjoy your life while you've got it," he told the Telegraph in January 2005. "The world is insane and music's maybe the last pure thing we've got, the one thing that can bring people together. When we play that song in the set you can hear that chant coming from the crowd and its louder than us. It's hands in the air and its like we're all in it together. It doesn't matter if you're the President of the United States or Jim from Sunderland, we're all at risk, so while you're here, sing a song.[4]

A different version of the song was recorded by the band for Mark Ronson's album Version. It has also been covered by British electro band Goteki and released on their 2009 album Santa Muerte Session 3: Atlantic Pacific.[5]

LiveEdit

L.S.F. is one of Kasabian's most popular songs, and from 2005 to 2011 it was always the final song of the set, notorious for its long singalongs. Serge used to sing You Got The Love by The Source and Candi Staton as an intro to L.S.F. during the West Ryder Pauper Lunatic Asylum Tour until summer 2009, when Florence + The Machine's cover of the song became a hit. It became the last song before the encore in June 2011, at the beginning of the Velociraptor! Tour, when Fire took its place as the set closer. During the European tour in autumn 2011, a new, slower piano intro was introduced. Since the end of the tour in 2012, Tom has been singing Praise You by Fatboy Slim as an intro. At the start of the 48:13 Tour in 2014, L.S.F. and Fire were being alternated as the set closer, by the end of the year L.S.F. had returned to its previous place as the final song.

It has been performed acoustically many times, occasionally featuring snippets of The Rolling Stones' Sympathy for the Devil. At a secret acoustic gig for Absolute Radio in April 2012 Tom started the song with the first lines of the Small Faces' Tin Soldier.

At Rock A Field Festival 2010 Serge swapped instruments with guitar tech Dave White - who was replacing Chris on bass - and played bass on L.S.F. At the BBC Electric Proms 2006, it was one of three songs Zak Starkey joined the band on an additional drum set for. For an episode of Sky Arts Songbook in April 2011 Serge played L.S.F. on his own.

During the 2011 arena tour, real time screenshots of the crowd were projected on the screens during L.S.F., with individual people's faces circled and captioned "soul".[6]

VideoEdit

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Kasabian - L.S.F. (Lost Souls Forever) - US Version

Two different videos were released for the song in the UK and in the USA. The UK version shows the band members performing in a women's prison and was directed by WIZ. It features Russian actress Dinara Drukarova, who already starred in the Club Foot video. The US version was directed by Bucky Fukumoto.[7]

The UK version was released on

QuotesEdit

"It's Jacob's Ladder, but the chorus is today; the people in power making the wrong decisions. The beauty of it is it's a celebration. We realise we're fucked, but it's the last day on Earth, man. Let's fuckin' have a good time."
— Serge (NME, 4 December 2004)

RemixesEdit

Jagz Kooner MixEdit

Jagz Kooner is a British producer well known for his remixes. The remix was released on

Jagz Kooner Mix (Edit)Edit

Released on

L.S.F. (Version Revisited)Edit

Released on Mark Ronson's album Version

ReleasesEdit

Album Releases

Single Releases

Live ReleasesEdit

Audio

Video

LyricsEdit

I'm on it, get on it
The troops are on fire
You know I need it much closer
I'm trading just a little more

Step on it, electronic
The troops are on fire
I'm much deeper, a sleeper
I'm waiting for the final trip

Come on it, get on it
I'm carving through a letter bomb
I need it like potions
These drugs are just an hour away

Come on it, electronic
A polyphonic prostitute
The motor's on fire
Messiah for the animals

Oh come on
We got our backs to the wall
Get on and watch out, say
You're gonna kill us all

I'm on it, get on it
The troops are on fire
You know I need it much closer
I'm trading just a little more

Step on it, electronic
The troops are on fire
I'm much deeper, a sleeper
Messiah for the animals

Oh come on, say
We got our backs to the wall
Get on and watch out
Before kill us all

ReferencesEdit

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