Remember 1995? When French Electro legends Daft Punk were “that band with the dog video”? Da Funk was a big hit in our household, but there’s no way I would have predicted the stratospheric career they would have, them releasing one of the greatest records of all time, and influence Daft Punk would have on everything I listened to since. Then they released Around The World, I think that’s when the penny dropped.
So we’d like to welcome Daft Punk, as the third inductee into the electronic rumors Hall of Fame. Following Kraftwerk and The Human League, they were the obvious choice. I can’t think of many tunes, from the obvious Nu-Disco pounders to the less immediately clear Minimal Synth jam, that don’t owe Daft Punk some kind of musical debt. We’re they the first to do what they do? Of course not, but they did it best, injected French House with a musicality previously absent and did what they did with such flare, such stylistic brilliance and such joy that they became one of the biggest groups in the world. Homework established the duo as a Dance music force to be reckoned with. Encompassing French House, Acid and Electro it was an album that cemented the reputation of ultra-creative talents, but it was Discovery that dropped a bomb on music, reinventing Nu-Disco for a Pop crowd, introducing Funk to the Techno loving masses and influencing electronic music for years to come. The more abrasive Human After All album that followed laid the groundwork for the mid-2000’s resurgence of big Electro. Whilst their 2012 Tron: Legacy soundtrack disappointed many Dance music fans, for those of us who love electronic music and soundtrack it was an amazing and evocative album.
Daft Punk have always been pencilled-in as the third inductee into the Hall Of Fame (we know the next three years worth too!), but now, as we go into 2012 that promises both a new Daft Punk album and a festival tour, it seems like this is a fitting time to give them their undisputed place in the Hall Of Fame.
♫ Daft Punk – Around the World
♫ Daft Punk – Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger
♫ Daft Punk – The Grid
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