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June 12, 2013 8:44 PM   Subscribe

The evolution of Daft Punk's "Get Lucky" is an excellent interpretation of their latest single through different decades.
posted by spiderskull (55 comments total) 32 users marked this as a favorite

 
I now want a full album of 1960s inspired Daft Punk.
posted by bizzyb at 8:58 PM on June 12, 2013 [3 favorites]


The amount of work and production skill on display here is amazing.

I think the 60s one should really be more like, Jefferson airplane/rockish though, and also that somehow the 80s one just feels a bit lazy and flat compared to the others.

Mostly, I just wish there were full versions of each year from 1950-2000
posted by emptythought at 9:05 PM on June 12, 2013 [1 favorite]


This really should have been precious and grating. Instead it stuck the landing and was legitimately great.
posted by DoctorFedora at 9:06 PM on June 12, 2013 [1 favorite]


I would pay cash money for the full 1950s version. (or, honestly, any of them)
posted by The Whelk at 9:28 PM on June 12, 2013 [2 favorites]


Thank you for that.
posted by wierdo at 9:30 PM on June 12, 2013


If anyone is wondering which is the real version, the 1970s one.
posted by Ad hominem at 9:31 PM on June 12, 2013 [2 favorites]


I think the 60s one should really be more like, Jefferson airplane/rockish though

I'd love to hear a Pet Sounds-inspired 60's version. I hope this takes off as a meme on YouTube, there's just so much fun to be had with it.
posted by jason_steakums at 9:31 PM on June 12, 2013


Second, The Whelk.

Also if you haven't heard it, Daughter's cover is great.
posted by a halcyon day at 9:31 PM on June 12, 2013 [4 favorites]


I'm a fan of how the 2000s was not American Idol chart toppers or indie pop but was instead Daft Punk circa Discovery. 2010s was more Glitch Mob than HAA or TRON and the 2020s sounded like if Apparat's right pinky was fused to Dragonnette's left hand and the whole shebang was thrown into a dryer.

That said, this is pretty much what popular French house is doing right now. Justice said that Cross was just disco put through a million filters and AVD was their stadium rock album. Discovery was all funk and RAM is disco. It's all looping back like good fashion. We all just want to be our moms and dads apparently.
posted by dubusadus at 9:31 PM on June 12, 2013 [2 favorites]


It's like something from Off The Wall but with sexy robots instead of strings so that's cool I guess.
posted by Ad hominem at 9:50 PM on June 12, 2013


Awesomeness! Thanks for posting.

(It seems like every day on the blue there's something that just makes me plain happy: one day it's Prancercise, then it's floofy cows, and now this. Hurrah! :)
posted by Salamander at 9:52 PM on June 12, 2013 [1 favorite]


Is this song a prequel to Stay Lucky?
posted by Charlemagne In Sweatpants at 10:04 PM on June 12, 2013



I would pay cash money for the full 1950s version. (or, honestly, any of them)


I stopped listening after the 1950s one, since I knew it would only get worse from there.
posted by Charlemagne In Sweatpants at 10:06 PM on June 12, 2013


I kinda wished is ended by dropping the 'real' Get Lucky.
posted by panaceanot at 10:22 PM on June 12, 2013


dubusadus, I've long felt that, just how dinosaurs aren't gone, they've just evolved into birds, there has never not been disco, because we have house music.
posted by flaterik at 10:26 PM on June 12, 2013


Actually, the 70s version sounds flat, especially compared to the real version of the track. Perhaps because it is the closest match, it's the easiest to compare, and easiest to see what the real Daft Punk brings to the mix.
posted by filthy light thief at 10:27 PM on June 12, 2013


The real gem of the album is "Fragments of Time." #realtalk #smooth
posted by naju at 10:29 PM on June 12, 2013


Ok color me confused. Is this song originally from like the 50's, and they're playing samples from the different covers? Or was this song originally by daft punk and this video is a make believe history?
posted by spacediver at 10:30 PM on June 12, 2013 [1 favorite]


Great cover version of Get Lucky (in case anyone hasn't seen it yet on the blue).

Edit: sorry for abusing the edit window, but this is a make belief fiction.
posted by panaceanot at 10:30 PM on June 12, 2013 [8 favorites]


This is make believe history, spacediver.
posted by titus n. owl at 10:31 PM on June 12, 2013 [1 favorite]


Loved it except for 1990. I was hoping for the grunge version with the singer roaring 'up all night to get lucky' in a sarcastic (ironic?) growl as if there was no real expectation of ever getting lucky, not even once, and the whole cliched partying concept was just there to be mocked under several layers of rather noisy guitars.

Or maybe the B-52's version, as their moderately popular followup to 'Love Shack'.
posted by honestcoyote at 10:32 PM on June 12, 2013 [9 favorites]


Loved it except for 1990. I was hoping for the grunge version with the singer roaring 'up all night to get lucky' in a sarcastic (ironic?) growl as if there was no real expectation of ever getting lucky, not even once, and the whole cliched partying concept was just there to be mocked under several layers of rather noisy guitars.

well I know how my band can shoot to brief YouTube fame. wonder if i'll need to listen to the song first
posted by Charlemagne In Sweatpants at 10:33 PM on June 12, 2013 [1 favorite]


thanks titus :)
posted by spacediver at 10:33 PM on June 12, 2013


I'm just so happy that the relative success of the single has made it where it's cool to actually like Disco again without having to affect an artificial air of ironic detachment. It took a few decades of faux 70s revivalism but it seems like we are actually due a rediscovery of what made Disco fun and entertaining.

Of course this means that someone will reinvent 80s hair metal and the cycle will continue on and on.
posted by vuron at 10:38 PM on June 12, 2013 [2 favorites]



Of course this means that someone will reinvent 80s hair metal and the cycle will continue on and on.


How. horrible. that would be.
posted by Charlemagne In Sweatpants at 10:39 PM on June 12, 2013 [1 favorite]


It's been years since a song has colonized my brain as thoroughly as "Doin' it Right." I don't even need to listen to it for the song to get me dancing...wup, there I go again.
posted by straight at 10:59 PM on June 12, 2013 [4 favorites]


And then there's "Touch," which just gets better with every listen. Aw hell, I can't decide what the best song is.
posted by naju at 11:09 PM on June 12, 2013 [1 favorite]


the 80s one just feels a bit lazy and flat compared to the others.

Probably intentional. After all, the 80's were the decade of the DX-7 and the Roland 808, bringing affordable synthesizers and drum machines to the masses, and making stars out of dorm-room bands.
posted by ShutterBun at 11:11 PM on June 12, 2013


That was great, but surely the original song is the purest 70s pastiche you could imagine? Am I missing something?
posted by colie at 11:58 PM on June 12, 2013


And then there's "Touch," which just gets better with every listen. Aw hell, I can't decide what the best song is.

Touch is a strong contender (though I wish the middle section went on about four times as long because it's so catchy), as is Give Life Back To Music, Giorgio by Moroder, and pretty much everything else. Contact is AMAZING if you listen to it with a good subwoofer--I'm surprised I didn't get a speeding ticket the last time I listened to it in the car because it is so, so good.
posted by fifteen schnitzengruben is my limit at 12:11 AM on June 13, 2013 [2 favorites]


where it's cool to actually like Disco again

Whaddaya mean, again? All right thinking people always liked disco or at least were smart enough to realise that amongst the novelty song dross there were quite a few gems, as with any other genre.

But if true, it's not the first time the French would help Americans revalue their own cultural output.
posted by MartinWisse at 3:13 AM on June 13, 2013 [1 favorite]


This is super-cool! Also okay I guess I will finally listen to the new Daft Punk album.
posted by uncleozzy at 5:19 AM on June 13, 2013


Oliver, Age 24's boots/cats acapella cover.
posted by robocop is bleeding at 5:26 AM on June 13, 2013


Loved it except for 1990. I was hoping for the grunge version with the singer roaring 'up all night to get lucky' in a sarcastic (ironic?) growl as if there was no real expectation of ever getting lucky, not even once, and the whole cliched partying concept was just there to be mocked under several layers of rather noisy guitars.

You could do a version of this entirely with 90's genres, and it would be awesome. Start with Grunge, wind up with Rap/Rock, and have everything from psychobilly to triphop to darkwave in between... something to piss off delight everyone!
posted by Slap*Happy at 5:35 AM on June 13, 2013 [1 favorite]


Great post, but boy did it ever make me fall nto a rabbit hole of Get Lucky cover versions on youtube.

From the sublime to the surreal - especially the Male model chorus !
posted by Faintdreams at 6:04 AM on June 13, 2013


I enjoyed this and am impressed with it.

"Loved it except for 1990. I was hoping for the grunge version with the singer roaring 'up all night to get lucky' in a sarcastic (ironic?) growl as if there was no real expectation of ever getting lucky, not even once, and the whole cliched partying concept was just there to be mocked under several layers of rather noisy guitars."

Ha!

Yeah, the 90s version is the only one I didn't like — I mean, I'm baffled because I don't even "get" it. That was the decade I listened to music most intensely (other than during my adolescence)! What genre/style was it doing? Besides the obvious grunge possibility, I can think of some other styles that would have been pretty identifiable and were iconic.

The 10s dubstep version is funny, and very identifiable, but I'm not sure that anyone will think it's characteristic of this era. I'd bet that a certain style of acoustic indie rock will be seen as iconic.

All that said, I think that these interpretations are more thoughtful than perhaps we're giving credit. Get Lucky is an homage to 70s dance music and it seems to me that most of the utilized styles were dance-oriented, except for the 20s, 30s, and 60s. Well, okay, that's a lot of exceptions. There could have been dance versions that were appropriate for each of those decades. Charleston for the 20s, Big Band in the 30s, Surf Rock for the 60s.
posted by Ivan Fyodorovich at 6:32 AM on June 13, 2013


1.21 Gigawatts of Music

Jiga-watts.
posted by Hoopo at 7:30 AM on June 13, 2013


Ha, I loved the 90s version. It reminded me of those dance-club beats I used to listen to while I washed and folded towels at the gym where I worked, while dreaming about actually being in one of those dance clubs.

I actually couldn't distinguish much between the 2000, 2010 and 2020 version - maybe because I kinda stopped listening to music so intensely after the 90s.

60s, 70s, 80s and 90s were my favourites
posted by bitteroldman at 7:50 AM on June 13, 2013


It's been years since a song has colonized my brain as thoroughly as "Doin' it Right."

Allow me to melt your brain then.
posted by emptythought at 8:26 AM on June 13, 2013


Allow me to melt your brain then.

I don't even need to listen to it for the song to get me craving KFC...wup, there I go again.
posted by straight at 8:40 AM on June 13, 2013


Hah, this is a lot of fun. I like disco unironically, but I also see why it made it necessary to invent punk and metal to destroy it. So I'll enjoy the nu-disco 2010s, and I'm also looking forward to the post-apocalyptic punk of the 2020s.
posted by echo target at 8:51 AM on June 13, 2013


I didn't get the 1990 or 2000 versions, perhaps they represent styles that were bigger in France than they were here.

I also was disappointed by the 2020 version, everybody knows that music that far in the future will sound like this.
posted by mmoncur at 9:45 AM on June 13, 2013


1990 to me sounds a lot like a C+C Music Factory hat tip, which I love.
posted by rollbiz at 10:07 AM on June 13, 2013 [1 favorite]


I think the problem with the 90’s version on was simply if you’re trying to represent Dance/Pop not much has changed in the last 20 years. I was wondering what they were going to do.
posted by bongo_x at 10:32 AM on June 13, 2013


Peter Serafinowicz did an amazing version in the style of The Fall. Unfortunately it looks like he has taken it down from his soundcloud.
posted by Erberus at 11:02 AM on June 13, 2013 [1 favorite]


Naw, the 90s version was a pretty good classic house hat tip, though IMHO it could have been better if it were a little more diva-wail-y, the production wasn't so clean, and there were some frigging piano stabs.
posted by en forme de poire at 11:45 AM on June 13, 2013 [1 favorite]


Man, really enjoyed that and really well done. But I could not get over the remarkable absence of anything that sounds like black music in the styles represented here. Most glaringly, going with folk/psychedelic rock over funk or soul for the 60s (given Get Lucky's obvious funk influences), and choosing a Pat Boone-ish sound over a Chuck Berry one in the 50s.
posted by AceRock at 12:31 PM on June 13, 2013


Hmm - what exactly do you mean by black music, though? The 90s version is reminiscent of D-Mob (1) (2)... and my impression is that house and garage at least started out in large part as black (and Latin) music, much like disco.
posted by en forme de poire at 2:04 PM on June 13, 2013


I thought the 90s one was excellent. If you don't get it, it's probably just that you weren't listening to much techno back then. The way he sings "to give UP!", and the sound of the synth sax, were quintessentially 1990.
posted by Bugbread at 12:44 AM on June 14, 2013


Man, really enjoyed that and really well done. But I could not get over the remarkable absence of anything that sounds like black music in the styles represented here. Most glaringly, going with folk/psychedelic rock over funk or soul for the 60s (given Get Lucky's obvious funk influences), and choosing a Pat Boone-ish sound over a Chuck Berry one in the 50s.
ladies and gentlemen: a one-paragraph summary of what sucks about daft punk and the culture that loves them.
posted by waxbanks at 7:36 AM on June 14, 2013


I can't figure out what you're saying waxbanks. It sucks Daft Punk doesn't acknowledge the roots of what they do in black music? Or that their sound seems divorced from black music? Or it sucks that someone applies that sort of litmus test to Daft Punk? Or it sucks that someone doesn't realize that what they call the "absence of anything that sounds like black music" in fact does sound like some of the black music that influenced it?
posted by straight at 9:01 AM on June 14, 2013 [1 favorite]


Is there a version of the song for people who ain't getting lucky?
posted by Charlemagne In Sweatpants at 9:17 AM on June 14, 2013


The original song is just about staying up all night in hopes of getting lucky.
posted by straight at 9:26 AM on June 14, 2013


I can't figure out what you're saying waxbanks.

I think waxbanks is saying that s/he has no idea who the guitarist on MANY of the tracks on the new Daft Punk album is.
posted by hippybear at 5:55 PM on June 14, 2013 [1 favorite]


Peter Serafinowicz did an amazing version in the style of The Fall. Unfortunately it looks like he has taken it down from his soundcloud.

Well, there's this!.
posted by curious nu at 8:40 AM on June 28, 2013


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