Daft Punk “gets lucky”



The 2014 Grammy Awards
took place Sunday and the
big winners of the night were
Lorde, Mackelmore and Ryan
Lewis and Daft Punk, who
swept the majors including
Record and Album of the
Year. “Get Lucky,” the leading
single off of “Random Access
Memories,” dominated
the charts all year and largely
trail-blazed in redefining the
spirit of pop music.
“Redefining the spirit of pop
music” may seem like a bold
statement, but it is true. Daft
Punk has been around for over
20 years. In that time, they have
been masters of cult EDM circuits
and have always been
brought to climax just before
becoming household names.
This is not to say they did not
come close.
“Human After All” produced
the huge hits “Robot Rock” and
“Technologic,” made famous
by an iPod commercial. “Discovery”
lead Daft Punk to a
large dance club presence with
“One More Time” and “Harder,
Better, Faster, Stronger,” which
was eventually sampled and revamped
by Kanye West.
Regardless of their varying
success in the mainstream spotlight,
Daft Punk has consistently
made the music they want to
make. That is very clear and evident
throughout their catalog.
In the wake of choreographed
boy bands and pop divas,
Daft Punk experimented with
using auto-tuning effects freely
as the crux of their music. Ten
years later, this is an inescapable
presence throughout Top
40 music.
“Random Access Memories”
was funded and produced solely
by Daft Punk, controversially
granting them complete control
over the final product.
Inspired by 70s and 80s pop,
dance and funk bands, the duo
created a collection of 13 tracks
that were anything but reminiscent
of the Katy Perry, Justin
Bieber and Miley Cyrus songs
that topped the charts.
After the release of the preview
for the funky megahit “Get
Lucky,” a shift in the winds of
pop music occurred. The overproduced,
hooks and overly-synthesized
instruments were being replaced.
The most iconic hits of
2013, along with “Get Lucky,”
were Justin Timberlake’s “Suit
& Tie” and Robin Thicke’s
“Blurred Lines.” All three songs
featured a sound familiar to our
parents, capitalizing on upbeat
guitars and fat drum beats. The
trend began with “Get Lucky.”
It is uncertain as to what the
next big trend in pop music will
be, but one can confidently assume
that it will continue to be
influenced by Daft Punk.
I am so confident about their
musical authority that if Daft
Punk made an album using Pig
Latin and banjoleles, Kanye
West would also make an album
using Pig Latin and banjoleles.