Daft Punk have always incorporated 80’s samples in their music, but with their latest album, Random Access Memories, they pay the ultimate homage to 1980’s electro pop. As always with Daft Punk’s releases, the listener gets a whiff of familiarity in the music, even if they’ve never heard the song or in most cases, the sample that the song comes from. Daft Punk are so good that if you’re a fan, that’s the last thing you think about anyway.
“Give Life Back To Music“, a track that feels like it walked out of 1984, thus setting the tone for the rest of the album.
Random Access Memories starts off with the track, “Give Life Back To Music“, a track that feels like it walked out of 1984, thus setting the tone for the rest of the album. Hell, to further solidify the blatant 1980’s connection, there’s even a track called “Giorgio By Moroder” featuring the one and only Giorgio Moroder doing a spoken word commentary about how he broke into the music business. For those of you who have been living under several rocks, Giorgio Moroder composed the music for a little movie that was released in 1983 that starred Al Pacino (say it with me now, SCARFACE). A further fun fact for you, Giorgio not only discovered mid-1980’s bubble gum princess, Tiffany (she did the remake to “I Think We’re Alone Now” and in April 2002 went on to pose nude for Playboy, so yeah, that Giorgio Moroder).
Random Access Memories does not push any envelopes with its songs, it’s just a very chill throw back pop perfect album, the likes of which only Daft Punk can expertly deliver. Not to be mistaken as anything else, this album clearly has the Daft Punk stamp on it (the auto-tuned vocals were a Daft Punk staple long before Kanye West or Justin Beiber ever came along. Hell, Daft Punk have been auto-tuning so long, the word “auto-tune” wasn’t even in our lexicon when Daft Punk started using it.)
Hell, Daft Punk have been auto-tuning so long, the word “auto-tune” wasn’t even in our lexicon when Daft Punk started using it.
Yet another sometimes Daft Punk staple is their use of guest vocalists. Aside from the incomparable Mr. Giorgio Moroder, Random Access Memories also features Pharrell Williams of N.E.R.D fame (Pharrell lends his vocals to two tracks from R.A.M, Lose Yourself To Dance and Get Lucky)
A Day-Glo future in the then-present age.
Random Access Memories is a deliberate title I feel. Just like the tone of the whole album is deliberate. Daft Punk wanted us to feel nostalgic about a time that was grand in almost every way (except where it concerned the fashion trends of the time. I feel they went a bit to far in that respect, but there’s no accounting for taste, I guess). The 1980’s once held an aura for futuristic promise. Hell, for those of us living during that era, viewed the time with Asimovian eyes, thanks in large part to the fierce marketing campaign at that time promoting a Day-Glo future in the then-present age. Daft Punk’s Random Access Memories exemplifies the feeling of a 1980’s outlook on what the future was then and what we believed it could be.
In the quarter century that has passed since the end of that decade, in retrospect, the once futuristic outlook seems almost dated and archaic when you consider how far we’ve come since then. At least Daft Punk represents just one of the things that were prevelent about the decade: The Music. In doing so, Daft Punk has succeeded in their quest to highlight what was fun about that period in time, and now with the release of Daft Punk’s latest album, Random Access Memories, what more can I say but, let the good times roll.
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