Category: Daft Punk

Daft Punk – Discovery

ARTIST: Daft Punk                               220px-Daft_Punk_-_Discovery

TITLE: Discovery

YEAR RELEASED: 2001

CHART ACTION: #23 US, #2 UK

SINGLES: One More Time (#61 US, #1 Dance, #2 UK), Aerodynamic (#110 UK), Digital Love (#9 Dance, #14 UK), Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger (#3 Dance, #25 UK), Face to Face (#1 Dance), Something About Us (#138 UK)

OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: None.

LINEUP: Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo, Thomas Bangalter. Romanthony and Todd Edwards contributed vocals.

WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: Donning their famous helmets, Daft Punk begins their dance world domination.

SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: Beat, bass, rhythm, hook, rinse, repeat. Perfect for the dance floor, and for casual listening, Daft Punk’s second full length album is what caused their star to shine throughout the world.

By listening to his album, you can tell what they nicked from other songs, and what songs of theirs were nicked. An example “Harder Better Faster Stronger” was built on “Cola Bottle Baby” by Edwin Birdsong, and then Kanye West built an entire rap over the Daft Punk track.

The hooks are so hooky. The beat and bass are funky, and yet, over an hour, it loses steam except if you just have it on as background music. It’s a dance classic, but not perfect.

NOTES & MINUTIAE: They added a membership card in the CD with a number that provided access to their web site. Forward thinking for 2001.

IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: No

GRADE: A-: It works more as single tracks than a whole album, but many of those those single tracks are stellar.

Daft Punk – Homework

ARTIST: Daft Punk                          220px-Daftpunk-homework

TITLE: Homework

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.