It struck me last night. Whilst contemplating about and struggling with my Thievery Corporation article. Surfing a little on the side I spotted an update within my Facebook feed. A message from a Canadian friend containing a number. A number – 20 – that was referring to the years that had passed since a particular release. More specifically, the release of what can be considered to be one of the most important electronic albums ever made, Daft Punk’s master piece ‘Homework’.
It was January 1997 when two French robots released an album that would change music history forever. Despite a couple of worthy contenders that were around – Etienne de Crécy, Alex Gopher and Cassius to name a few – the duo from outer space came and took the dance ánd pop world by storm. And this through a flawless mélange of soul, funk, hip-hop, techno and house. It was new and du jamais entendu. And primarily ridiculously exciting.
The album and classic tracks like ‘Da Funk’, ‘Around The World’ and ‘Daftendirekt’ would change my life and unfortunately as well my style of dancing. I became an instant and unconditional fan. Little did I know that Daft Punk later on would cater as well for the best gig I ever attended. Their performance at 2006’s Pukkelpop – that incredible pyramid! – made Kiewit tremble and easily became my best outdoor party ever.
To this date ‘Homework’ remains as fresh as ever and an awful lot of fun to listen to. Even now I discover new accents and twists in it. And over the years my favorite track on the album has changed quite a couple of times. At this very moment, I’m opting for the stomping ‘Alive’ but who knows where my heart will reside in half a year. Do not hesitate btw to share your favourite with us.
Thank you so much for everything, Thomas Bangalter and Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo.
And a very happy 20th anniversary Homework!