ARTIST: Daft Punk
YEAR RELEASED: 1997
CHART ACTION: #150 US, #8 UK
SINGLES: Da Funk (#108 US, #1 Dance, #5 UK), Around the World (# 61 US, #1 Dance, #5 UK), Burnin’ (#30 UK), Revolution 909 (#12 Dance, #47 UK)
OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: No,
LINEUP: Thomas Bangalter, Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo
WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: After two singles, French electronic duo sings major label contract, but retains control and produces a world-wide dance smash.
SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: A good beat, a funky bass, and a fantastic hook played over and over and over again, with electronic snippets and samples here and there and everywhere. That’s the recipe for this album, or so it seems.
The duo had made some waves with their singles on Soma, which appear here in some form or another. “Da Funk” got them noticed everywhere, and the followup “Around the World”, which basically writes the Daft Punk formula (including repetitive vocals singing repetitive phrases).
Find the hook, lock into it, make it funky and danceable, and the rest will follow. It works for them. As an album, it gets a bit tiresome but flip on a track in a mix, and you’ll be good to go.
NOTES & MINUTIAE: “Indo Silver Club” was actually released as a single on the Soma label, with no artist credit.
IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: No
GRADE: A-: Worth it for grabbing tracks here or there.