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Discovery circa 2001

This week in Part 2 of a Series of Series, it’s time to take a good gander at Daft Punk. It’s been well documented on this blog I have some admiration for Daft Punk and criticism of their more recent works. I’ve mentioned a number of times about Interstella 5555, which combined the best of Daft Punk and the classic anime stylings of Leiji Mastumoto (of Space Battleship Yamato fame).

With his help Interstella 5555 (Interstella 5555: The 5tory of the 5ecret 5tar 5ystem) came to be and basically every song from Discovery was made into a music video.

Daft Punk – One More Time

So here we start off on this magical planet of music where everyone is grovin’ and having a fantastic time. This band is just the shit and everyone knows it. Hell it’s so awesome everyone has basically dropped what they were doing to watch the concert, even planetary security because what could possibly happen? Oh right, invasion.

Daft Punk – Aerodynamic

And these dudes mean business. They’re just waltzing in and acting like a boss, turning things off, causing a panic in the people. They don’t want that music playing so they just turn it off. Hell, they don’t like the band so much so they’re going to cart their asses off. Now all that planet has to look forward to is being the back drop for an Eiffel 65 video…

Daft Punk – Digital Love

No wait, they’re going to call in the SPACE JANITOR! Or his cousin’s brother since this guy is totally into guitars and even so much to have a Space Guitar for a ship. Actually, maybe he’s Boston’s cousin. None the less, only his love of the band’s chick is compelling enough for him to give chase after these dudes who totally rolled an entire planet and ganked their best band ever. This guy has some stones for sure.

Daft Punk – Harder Better Faster Stronger

Okay aside from being like one of the most popular songs ever done by Daft Punk to even being stolen by Kanye West, made into a hand puppet show, and talked about a lot, this video doesn’t make much sense. I mean someone went to the trouble to design and build a machine that could:

  • Undress aliens with lasers
  • Do a body scan
  • Move them to another section to scan and alter memories
  • Move them to yet another section and paint them
  • Shower them and then scan them for clothing
  • Then dress them
  • Followed by moving to a different section to give them glasses
  • Which then takes the revamped band to scan again to alter their last video as humans not aliens
  • And then finally go through a complex slide system to a space car to meet their new manager

That’s basically a massive complex to do something so minor. I mean how much did this cost and what was the time invested? The logic behind all this baffles me.

Anyways, there are basically another 10 parts to make for 14 music videos or you can get the full movie which is basically a 68 minute continuous music video of which has not been seen again to my knowledge. I highly recommend you check it out, it’s a fine story to watch.

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ROBOT ROCK!

Shocked I have not done this earlier! I’ve posted some Daft Punk before, but alas, nothing dedicated. Now I’m still not entirely thrilled about their Tron Legacy stuff, but I still respect what they did in the early, early days. Nothing will take that away, however, you youngin’s probably did not get exposed to what their first music videos looked like. So strap in and get ready for some quality entertainment.

Daft Punk – Da Funk

One of Spike Jonez’s videos, which when seeing enough of them you sort of can start to tell. He enjoys directing story based videos over those that just show shit happening. Well, in all honesty there’s not much a of a story really happening; Charles is just walking around New York at night going about his business while playing his busted Ghetto Blaster. Make of it what you will, but Da Funk is a hard song to really make into a video. And if you  ever hear the commentary for this Jonez just absolutely loves Charles the Dog.

Daft Punk – Revolution 909

I love it when things come full circle. If you ever were interested in the following: Alleyway raves, tomato processing, making pasta sauce, then this is your video. Backed by a good soundtrack as well. I mean who else has made such an informative video? Anyways, I don’t want to spoil who directed the video, but it’s fun to read about. Surprise in store!

Daft Punk – Burnin’

Shit’s on Fire yo! Ah being a kid, dreaming of being big and in this case, a fire fighter. Direction for this isn’t too bad, nicely synced with the music at points, it’s fun to see real life interact with the kids day-dream. And in the end, the kid does get to play firefighter. Except he loses 100 points for getting the food wet. Poor form.

Daft Punk – Robot Rock

While not an actual old video, they did a bang up job in making it look old. It’s got that serious 70s/80s crappy T.V. camera look to it. And the lights, lights everywhere to blind you. But all that aside, it’s kind of cool to see them playing instruments since most of the time, you never see them in their videos. But there they are, a drum and a guitar. And lights everywhere.

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The future... it is green.

Nothing too special this week, just found some old videos I love and discovered some new ones that should have been great but just fall flat.

 

 

 

 

 

Ken Ishii – Extra

WARNING SORT OF NSFW. QUITE GRAPHIC. As I had made mention in my article about Sputnik 7 this is one of the videos that caught my attention to both Ken Ishii and the site Sputnik 7. It was super cool at the time because that was probably in the midst the golden era of my Anime days and this is as pure Japaninamation as you get. Japanese Techno DJ, high-profile animation director, absolutely crazy imagined world? Gold for a kid of like 14 and the crazy graphic nature just made it all better. It’s still a quirky video, but the imagination put into it is great.

Beastie Boys – Make Some Noise

Now as much as I do like the Beastie Boys and their past music videos (see Sabotage, Body Moving, Intergalactic), I just don’t see how this is a justifiably good music video. Like the concept is solid and there, however it’s got this poor execution of seeming to put as many A-list actors and 80s references as possible into this music video. It would have better nostalgia value if it was actually filmed in the old ways with film and didn’t have this obvious crisp and clean edge to it. As much as this seems to go back to their old video roots, it has actually managed to do the complete opposite and leaves me with a bad taste. I have yet to see the 45 minute mini-movie, and perhaps it will put it into perspective, but as a stand alone, this doesn’t even come close to what they did with Aphex Twin’s Window Licker.

Bruno Mars – Grenade

Some nice lady showed me this sort of against my will and I strongly disapprove of both the video and Bruno Mars. Part of the problem I have with music videos  done in the past two years for the most part is that they’ve become a little too clean in their formulas. This video has two very weak things happening: Bruno in a fancy dress lugging a Piano, and Bruno hipster in his room while it’s raining. Now he’s being harassed while dragging his Piano without any real good reason and I’m left wondering why he’s bitching while in his room as a different dude. Even worse the song is kinda sappy and doesn’t fit well with the weak story. As far as I can tell he was needlessly dragging that Piano while singing about some chick we don’t know about. I’m sure if I was in a more dumb mindset it would make sense and be beautiful, but really, nothing is strongly explained and Bruno is just some closet emo hipster.

Ludacrus – Rollout (My Business)

Ludacris is an awesome dude. This is a man who enjoys everything he does. Be it his rapping, doing a video, or acting; he pours himself into whatever he’s doing and has a ball with it (which is why the Team Teamwork Remix is a fun song). The director clearly understood this and made that obvious with the scenes where his head is comically enlarged and Luda is just rollin’ with it having his good times. As a youtube user put it:

I believe the message here is that the narrator is informing the audience of his riches and females that he has acquired whilst partaking in a ride that sits upon 20 inch aftermarket rims…As he enjoys the company of his fellowship who are all in possession of glocks of the .40 caliber.He then recites the inquirres from the disreputable community that have grown hatred towards his blessed fortune. He ends with a proclamation targeted at those with bias to withdrawal from his affairs.

And what more could you want?

Daft Punk – One More Time

Been awhile since I last saw this video and the others. It’s the first in the Interstella 5555 movie that was done for the entire Daft Punk Discovery album and the song is still played in clubs a decade later. Toei Animation, the studio that headed the movies,  is quite famous for a lot of other works such as; Voltron, Dragon Ball /Z/GT, Galaxy Express and anything else Leiji Matsumoto has been able to conjure up in the last 73 years of his life. The full movie is something very much worth watching if you’re a fan of Daft Punk. This was the precursor to their work on Tron: Legacy and in my opinion they did a better job with Interstella 5555 than Tron.

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