May 28, 2008

Life Before Interstella 5555?

Ever wonder what the young tykes from future Daft Punk watched on Saturday mornings? Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo was born in 1974 and Thomas Bangalter a year later, so lil' homeys were posted up front and center on the shag carpet when Leiji Matsumoto, world famous space opera mangaka (Japanese cartoon artist) released Space Pirate Captain Harlock, also known as Albator in France around 1980. It scrambled their young, impressionable wigs forever; they in turn scrambled ours.

Years later when the boyz met at secondary school in Paris, they formed a guitar-based group called Darlin' named after a Beach Boys song. Bangalter and de Homem-Christo played bass and guitar, respectively, but the group disbanded only months later after a local paper called their sound "a bunch of daft punk." Something was missing; the electro heat was not yet being brought.

After building up a worldwide house following with 1997 debut Homework, the duo reconnected with a playful, open-minded attitude associated with the discovery phase of childhood.

Daft Punk - Discovery Megamix

Daft Punk - Something About Us (Brass Mix)

Buy it at Insound!

Then they brought things full circle under the supervision of Leiji Matsumoto with Interstella 5555: The 5tory of the 5ecret 5tar 5ystem...the definitive animated space house musical of our time. The rest is history bitches.

I'll never forget first seeing the video for Digital Love on a hostel cafeteria TV in Paris, and my face melted off. I didn't know if it was a new worldwide sensation or just standard French programming, turns out it was both.

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MILPOOL said...

I don't like anime, but I watch I5555 on a regular basis -- when I need an excuse to listen to the entire Discovery album.

Anonymous said...

You post is awesome dude ;)
Even if the Daft Punk did not exist, we could try and manage something out of the material we get, such as making something out of the La Bionda track/video you posted here, à la French so to say...
Check this out - homemade, might need some shorter cut, awkward and stuff, but perhaps worth a listen - well tell me ;)
Anyways thanks again on your post

@dan amitai: you don't need an excuse to listen to Discovery ;)

Anonymous said...

discovery is the best album of all time.