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Daft Train That Friday happy place where Daft Punk overlaps the Soul Train cakewalk. SLYT.
posted by perhapsolutely (67 comments total) 18 users marked this as a favorite

 


I will not be a happy man until I own the suit at :28. Possessions may be fleeting but the feeling of wearing that garment will last with me forever.
posted by cmfletcher at 10:04 AM on May 24, 2013 [8 favorites]


Yes! The dude at 0:28!
posted by grabbingsand at 10:06 AM on May 24, 2013 [4 favorites]


In tough competition with Daft Dion.
posted by MidAtlantic at 10:07 AM on May 24, 2013


But wait here's Celine

edit: zut alors
posted by roger ackroyd at 10:08 AM on May 24, 2013 [2 favorites]


Re: 0:28 man... was I watching these Soul Train dancers Voguing all these years and never knew it? What a sheltered, hetero childhood I had...
posted by JoeZydeco at 10:14 AM on May 24, 2013 [4 favorites]


I walk into meetings like the dude at 0:28.
posted by stormpooper at 10:16 AM on May 24, 2013 [3 favorites]


Wow, keep those crossover vids comin', folks.
posted by ultraviolet catastrophe at 10:20 AM on May 24, 2013


Only the dude at 0:28 is allowed to wear that suit.

Though I'm not particularly a fan of Daffttt--, um, is that Nile Rodgers on guitar?
posted by ovvl at 10:20 AM on May 24, 2013 [6 favorites]


These make me happy!

Putting Daft Punk on and letting the kids (2 & 6) dance to it is part of our morning routine right now. They dig it.
posted by Artw at 10:23 AM on May 24, 2013 [7 favorites]


"Check my move out. I start off slow, then I spin. AND THEN I SMOKE."
"Damn! That's good! You should totally do that. What are you going to wear?"
"BEHOLD!"
posted by Cool Papa Bell at 10:24 AM on May 24, 2013 [16 favorites]


I will not be a happy man until I own the suit at :28. Possessions may be fleeting but the feeling of wearing that garment will last with me forever.

Not just the feeling, but I am sure the garment itself would as well. Does that thing look even remotely biodegradable to you?

In my head, that guy probably decided to destroy it at some point by wrapping it around a cinderblock and tossing it into the ocean because it was hideously out of fashion. However, he was talked out of it by a friend employing Gandalf's words to the Council of Elrond: “There are many things in the deep waters; and seas and lands may change. And it is not our part here to take thought only for a season, or for a few lives of Men, or for a passing age of the world. We should seek a final end of this menace, even if we do not hope to make one.”
posted by ricochet biscuit at 10:39 AM on May 24, 2013 [5 favorites]


Hey did you hear Daft Punk has an album out?
posted by PHINC at 10:43 AM on May 24, 2013 [3 favorites]


I am a fat man. I have been a fat man all my life; before I was a fat man, I was a fat boy. It is, as far as medical science can tell, a state of nature that is only going to change when my bones are six feet under.

It has not, by and large, been a thing that has unduly bothered me, at least after I'd learned how to talk nice people into teh sexaytime. (I like words. They have been good to me.)

But I would undergo any surgery, live on three lentils a day indefinitely, ingest the total meth production of Minnesota - hell, I'd join a gym - if at the end of it, I was presented with the suit from the Man at :28.
posted by Devonian at 10:51 AM on May 24, 2013 [14 favorites]


I agree richochet biscuit. A suit like that can only be destroyed in the fires of mount doom. I will wear my precious one day and it will slowly transform me into a man that blows kisses to crowds of admirers.
posted by cmfletcher at 10:51 AM on May 24, 2013


I actually liked the proto-PSY horse gallop at 0:45.
posted by ricochet biscuit at 10:54 AM on May 24, 2013


Someone who watched the video till the end let us know if there's any callout-worthy style in the last half... :)
posted by anthill at 10:59 AM on May 24, 2013


Rusty Zipper is a great go-to for suits akin to that what ensconces the Dude at :28, but the closest they have currently is far from funky enough.
posted by grabbingsand at 11:02 AM on May 24, 2013 [1 favorite]


The silver medal probably goes to the vest and matching pants made from what appears to be a space age carbon composite at 1:38.
posted by cmfletcher at 11:03 AM on May 24, 2013


Man Vintage Leisure Suits that don't look like you are an extra in a Scorsese film are getting really hard to find.

But this is really awesome, Civilization owes a great deal of gratitude to Don Cornelius
posted by vuron at 11:19 AM on May 24, 2013


Putting Daft Punk on and letting the kids (2 & 6) dance to it is part of our morning routine right now. They dig it.

I put this on and my daughter, 2, started dancing to it immediately. When she saw the video, she squealed with delight. She asked me, "Baba, what are they wearing? What's this music? What's that dance?"
posted by 1adam12 at 11:26 AM on May 24, 2013 [7 favorites]


This thread wouldn't be complete without the 97 space funk and a little Also Sprach.
posted by muckster at 11:27 AM on May 24, 2013


Hey did you hear Daft Punk has an album out?

There are things other than that happening this summer, but I am not really sure why anyone would be interested in them.
posted by Artw at 11:30 AM on May 24, 2013 [14 favorites]


There's only one thought running through my head watching this: I will never look as good, dance as well or feel as cool as any of the dancers in the video.
posted by MartinWisse at 11:41 AM on May 24, 2013 [7 favorites]


There are things other than that happening this summer, but I am not really sure why anyone would be interested in them.

Me, overhearing ringtone much earlier in the year - "Hey, the new Daft Punk single!"
Under 21 millenial at work - "How would you know that? You don't seem like you'd be into it, you're all Dad-like."
Me - "You ever been stabbed in the eye with a Jamiroquai CD case, kid?"
Him - "What's a CD case?"
posted by Slap*Happy at 12:00 PM on May 24, 2013 [10 favorites]


It looks like Paris is Burning around 1:20.

How did a national culture as mighty as America once produce something as advanced as Soul Train only to let it lapse into ruin? The End of Empire.
posted by Nelson at 12:02 PM on May 24, 2013 [11 favorites]


Every single one of these people is way cooler than I will ever be.
posted by brundlefly at 12:07 PM on May 24, 2013


To be clear, I'm fine with that. There's only so much cool to go around.
posted by brundlefly at 12:07 PM on May 24, 2013


To be clear, I'm fine with that. There's only so much cool to go around.

Naw, there's no such thing as peak cool.
posted by Celsius1414 at 12:26 PM on May 24, 2013 [2 favorites]


I hasten to add that there might be a finite amount of cool at any arbitrary instant or place.

Space-time is funky like that.
posted by Celsius1414 at 12:28 PM on May 24, 2013


A Freind on twitter was sad because they'd made the mistake of reading comments, then they saw :28 and cheered up - it is that powerful!
posted by Artw at 1:07 PM on May 24, 2013


To those who complain that the new Daft Punk album is nothing more than recycled '70s Disco, I say, "no, this is perfectly reconstructed '70s Disco", and the entire album should be synced to clips from Soul Train, Deney Terrio's Dance Fever and "Tenspeed and Brownshoe", the short-lived Stephen Cannell action show starring Ben Vereen and Jeff Goldblum.

Although the first 30 seconds of "Fragments of Time" was rather terrifying with its pitch perfect recreation of what Steely Dan/Donald Fagan has been doing for 40 years and is still doing. So glad vocalist Todd Edwards didn't try to be closer to Fagan or I would've been motivated to attack those two helmeted Frenchmen with a fully functional death ray.
posted by oneswellfoop at 1:12 PM on May 24, 2013 [2 favorites]


There's only one thought running through my head watching this: I will never look as good, dance as well or feel as cool as any of the dancers in the video.

Do I give you a sympathy-high-five? Were high fives ever cool?

ack
posted by Rustic Etruscan at 1:30 PM on May 24, 2013


I'm pretty sure the dapper gentleman in the leisure suit is rocking a similar dance in this Soul Train Line Dance at 2:06.
posted by vuron at 1:39 PM on May 24, 2013


Rustic Etruscan: "Do I give you a sympathy-high-five? Were high fives ever cool?"

Of course they were!
posted by brundlefly at 1:56 PM on May 24, 2013


Hey did you hear Daft Punk has an album out?

Yes. It's unlistenable.

To those who complain that the new Daft Punk album is nothing more than recycled '70s Disco, I say, "no, this is perfectly reconstructed '70s Disco"...

It's an ersatz copy of already ersatz music. The genre has gotten lots of flack over the years, but are some great disco songs and great disco artists. Daft Punk is not one of them. I went into this album very excited and expecting it to be great. It is not great. It's tedious and flaccid. Daft Punk's Tron:Legacy soundtrack is vastly superior to this record, and neither are nowhere near as good as Discovery. "Get Lucky" is a second-rate Daft Punk song, and it's not even in "Around The World"'s league.
posted by vibrotronica at 1:57 PM on May 24, 2013 [1 favorite]


This has been today's edition of "I'm very clever because I hate fun!".
posted by Artw at 2:02 PM on May 24, 2013 [18 favorites]


Sure, anyone could look great in that (0:28) suit, but can you rock the heels (0:31) that guy's wearing?
posted by straight at 2:25 PM on May 24, 2013


…but can you rock the heels (0:31) that guy's wearing?
posted by straight at 23:25 on May 24 [+] [!]

Eponysterical! Or something like that.
posted by LMGM at 2:49 PM on May 24, 2013


Of course they were!

Yeah, that was my feeling.
posted by Rustic Etruscan at 3:26 PM on May 24, 2013


And this may get me permanently labelled a "soul-less white boy" but I still believe the single coolest outfit ever worn in the '70s was Tom Baker's as Doctor #4 in Doctor Who. Imagine whipping around a 12-foot striped knit scarf between the rows of dancers.

You may not appreciate "Get Lucky" now, but it would've been considered classic if it were the follow-up to Chic's "Good Times"...
posted by oneswellfoop at 3:58 PM on May 24, 2013


I wasn't too sold on it as a single, but as a whole the album is amazing.
posted by Artw at 4:20 PM on May 24, 2013 [2 favorites]


It's an ersatz copy of already ersatz music.

Maybe there were minimalist disco tracks like "Doin' it Right" in the 70's that I've never heard, but that one, at least, seems fresh to me.
posted by straight at 5:04 PM on May 24, 2013 [1 favorite]


Was that Jody Watley at 1:34?!!?

This song is definitely reminiscent of the dance music I heard floating out of people's stereos as a kid, but with slightly racier lyrics. The guitarist is indeed Nile Rodgers. And this is the 2nd version of this mash-up that I've seen. Totally remember grown-ups in my neighborhood dressed like this. Ha. I say "grown-ups". I mean 15-22 year olds, because I was between 2-8 years old myself at the time, and to me all people in that age group were grown-ups!

The one I saw yesterday has a Soul Train clip from earlier in the decade. With*BONUS* Don Cornelius! Would totally kick the dress at 0:42 and the outfit at 1:16 this summer!

My favourite Daft Punk/Old School dancing mash-up has Al Minns and Leon James doing various styles of the Charleston.
posted by droplet at 5:33 PM on May 24, 2013 [2 favorites]


As much as I like anything Soul Train, I also like mash-ups involving screaming goats: Goat Lucky.
posted by Cold Lurkey at 6:18 PM on May 24, 2013 [3 favorites]


Goat Lucky

Huh. First time I'm genuinely annoyed I can't favorite something twice.
posted by figurant at 6:41 PM on May 24, 2013 [2 favorites]



But wait here's Celine


I can't believe people pay to go watch her do that. And that's not even considering the real audio.
posted by sweetkid at 6:47 PM on May 24, 2013


Putting Daft Punk on and letting the kids (2 & 6) dance to it is part of our morning routine right now. They dig it.

My four-year-old thinks the song is called "Mexican Monkey."


I will not be a happy man until I own the suit at :28. Possessions may be fleeting but the feeling of wearing that garment will last with me forever.

That's not a suit. Those are threads.
posted by 4ster at 8:34 PM on May 24, 2013 [2 favorites]


This is the perfect visual soundtrack to sorting house music for this weekend's sets.
posted by flaterik at 12:18 AM on May 25, 2013


I didn't so much avoid listening to the new album as I did not seek it out; I'm always drowning in new music anyway, and it's not like I wasn't going to hear it endlessly forever no matter what choice I made. I also like having as few external thoughts as possible while evaluating music - it's the same reason I avoid the hell out of looking at charts while music shopping for DJ stuffs.

I heard Lose Yourself To Dance on the radio a couple days ago, and was going "holy shit this track is great" for a while before I thought "Huh I bet this is the new Daft Punk. "

One of the trends I've noticed in the dance music I follow in the past couple of years has definitely been an organic disco sound. This does not displease me.
posted by flaterik at 12:35 AM on May 25, 2013


It's an ersatz copy of already ersatz music.

Pshaw. I say pshaw. No opinion on the new Daft Punk album -- if the rest of it is as good or better than this song, it's a great album -- but to call disco ersatz music is to give in to the same rockist, homophobic and borderline racist impulse that had nazi style record burnings on Chicago baseball fields.
posted by MartinWisse at 1:53 AM on May 25, 2013 [1 favorite]


Originally... Just cause.
posted by artof.mulata at 4:11 AM on May 25, 2013


I think, much like Human After All, Random Access Memories will be lauded as a classic album exactly two years after its release. Until then it will be be continually derided and panned by critics and MeFites alike.

Seriously, the reviews of Human After All at the time of release were basically all like "this album is boring garbage." Look it up.
posted by sixohsix at 5:30 AM on May 25, 2013


It's good song, it's great dancing. Like, if the song were as good as the dancing when the song came in the radio I wouldn't be wishing I was watching the video.
posted by From Bklyn at 6:02 AM on May 25, 2013


Keith Knight's "K Chronicles" on Soul Train.
posted by rmd1023 at 3:37 PM on May 25, 2013 [1 favorite]


1:28-1:35 is she J-setting?
posted by asockpuppet at 4:41 PM on May 25, 2013


Seriously, the reviews of Human After All at the time of release were basically all like "this album is boring garbage."

Well, it is.
posted by asockpuppet at 4:48 PM on May 25, 2013 [1 favorite]


I had heard of Giorgio before but I didn't realize he wrote the track which DJ Shadow used as the primary sample for Organ Donor!

Also, how can you not love that Daft Punk track if only for the way he says

"Wait a second...I know the syn-the-sizer – why don't I use the syn-the-sizer which is the sound of the future?"
posted by saul wright at 8:02 PM on May 25, 2013 [2 favorites]


For those within reasonable range of Oakland, Soul Train is on (silent) permanent repeat on the TVs in the back room at Souley Vegan, and the soundtrack varies but has (I think) included Daft Punk in the past. Plus the food is awesome. Just sayin'.
posted by Lexica at 12:04 AM on May 26, 2013


Maybe there were minimalist disco tracks like "Doin' it Right" in the 70's that I've never heard, but that one, at least, seems fresh to me.

I love the track, but it's a bit like if The Beach Boys did disco, no?
posted by panaceanot at 4:41 AM on May 26, 2013




Not sure if serious Artw? That's footage from Electroma.
posted by panaceanot at 11:45 PM on May 26, 2013


Electroma may or not be a good movie, but as a video for "Get Lucky" it's not exactly the pure joy of that Soul Train sequence.
posted by straight at 7:29 AM on May 27, 2013


it's a bit like if The Beach Boys did disco, no?

Which Beach Boys track has an entire song driven by a robotic a capella vocal riff?
posted by straight at 7:32 AM on May 27, 2013


Which Beach Boys track has an entire song driven by a robotic a capella vocal riff?

They all sound like Stepford Wives to me.
posted by artof.mulata at 7:48 PM on May 27, 2013


Oops. That's not the video I meant to link. The video I meant to link had Daft Punk self destructing, and now I can't find it - So I'm taking a guess it isn't really the official video either.
posted by Artw at 7:54 PM on May 27, 2013


Lose Yourself To Dance (Soul Train video edit)

This works so well.
posted by raihan_ at 10:21 PM on May 31, 2013


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