On 11 February 2019 I set myself the challenge of reading 1001 Songs You Must Hear Before You Die by Robert Dimery (ed.) and following the book’s advice to the letter. I’ve previously read 1001 Films… and started 1001 Albums… but felt 1001 Songs… would be a sensible place to start for what I have in mind here.
My challenge is to read about one song per day and listen to it (YouTube and Spotify, I need you tonight!) before sharing my own thoughts. Some songs I will love, others I’ll hate, and I’m sure there will be those that leave me perplexed but listen to them I shall.
I’ll also try, and most likely fail, to pinpoint the best song from the 1001 on offer but I’m nothing if not foolhardy. Instead of one song, I’m predicting I’ll have about 100 favourites by the end and may have to resort to a Top 10 so far to maintain any semblance of sanity.
So long as I post every day (including Christmas) then this challenge should come to an end on Wednesday 8 November 2021. Staying with the Barney Stinson theme I am hoping that the whole experience will prove to be… legendary!
Daft Punk – One More Time (2000)
” One More Time” is a song by French electronic music duo Daft Punk, first released as a single on 13 November 2000 and later included in their 2001 album, . It is a French house song featuring a stylistically autotuned vocal performance by Romanthony.
We’re leaving Australia today, dear reader, and making our way to Paris in France. Formed in 1993 Daft Punk were an electronic duo made up of Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo and Thomas Bangalter. Specialising in house, disco and electronic music, Daft Punk thrived at the end of the 20th century and into the 21st though they valued their privacy to the extent of minimal media appearances and even wearing helmets to hide their faces. We join them in 2000 as they are working on their second album, Discovery. In the run up to that record’s release in 2001 the duo released a track by the name of One More Time.
The lyrics to One More Time were written and performed by American disc jockey, Romanthony, with Daft Punk providing the music. The words to the song are quite limited but seem to evoke the spirit of not just dancing but the club scene as well. The song’s title is a call for the masses to dance the night away once more and live in the moment. The music merges with the lyrics here and results in a truly anthemic dance piece.
One More Time was well received upon release and topped the charts in multiple countries, climbing to no.2 in the UK and landed just outside the Top 50 in the US. It would further cement the group’s increasing success and be lauded as one of the greatest dance tracks of all time. The duo would top the UK charts in 2013 and finally reach the summit in the US in 2016. After years of critical acclaim and selling millions of records, Daft Punk stunned the world in early 2021 with a video entitled Epilogue and their manager later confirmed they had split up, offering no reason. Daft Punk’s record sales skyrocketed as the beginning of their legacy took hold.
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