Daft Punk is the stuff of legend. I first heard Daft Punk in college, though they’ve been around for like 15 years. After 15 years, to be able to maintain the hype that Daft Punk maintains is an unbelievable accomplishment, and tells you that they do something magical on those DJ machines. Two weekends ago, when I was at Coachella, the biggest rumor about this year’s festival was that Daft Punk would perform. I had my doubts based on economic reasons – it doesn’t make sense for Daft Punk to do a surprise show when they could make millions of dollars by doing a show announced and marketed in advance. Daft Punk could sell out every major arena almost anywhere in the world. However, they are planning to release a new album soon, and one of the members of Phoenix, headlining Saturday, used to be in a band with one of the members of Daft Punk. So who knows?
So at Coachella, on Friday night, after the Yeah Yeah Yeah’s played, a video came up on the massive screens next to the stage. The video featured Pharrell singing smoothly, grooving with Daft Punk in the background. The video was a preview of the song “Get Lucky”, which you’ve probably heard by now. I think it’s pretty good, pretty groovy, but really nothing special. And there’s nothing that really makes it unique, so I don’t think it will grow on me like “Otis” by Kanye West and Jay-Z grew on me. That was their single off “Watch the Throne”, and I remember not really loving it at first, and then later realizing that Jay-Z and Kanye West are geniuses and the song was, of course, incredible. Still, “Get Lucky” got the most first-day Spotify listens of any song ever, and is at the top of the Billboard Top 100 songs. So, I may just be wrong.
Obviously, the video at Coachella really turned the rumors up for the weekend – and not just for Daft Punk! Pharrell, too! Man, I was so hyped that night and the next morning.
To keep a short story short, they didn’t show. Oh well. The disappointment was worth the anticipatory excitement.
BUT – we still got lucky with “Get Lucky”. The groovy-as-hell track is doing for DJs what Gotye’s “Somebody that I Used to Know” did – provide awesome remix fodder. The Melker Project took “Get Lucky” and mashed it up with “Last Night a D.J. Saved My Life”, a track by Indeep released 30 years ago, in 1982!!! Well, turns out groove is timeless, because check out what The Melker Project came up with. Turn your music up. Start bobbing your head and tapping your feet. It’s good to warm up. You can download the track through SoundCloud.