Almost SoS: 2001 – Daft Punk’s “One More Time”

Posted: June 23, 2010 by RA in Music

 Daft Punk vs. the Pop CovenSong of the Summer: “Lady Marmalade” by C. Aguilera, Mya, Pink, Lil’ Kim
Missy Elliott and Rockwilder gathered four attractive young performers for an excursion in mangling the French language (pronouncing “Moulin” like it was a Disney princess), pissing on the legacy of LaBelle, and looking entirely more haggard than any of them had ever before.

Almost SoS: “One More Time” by Daft Punk
From the fade-in at the beginning, this opus traps you in a brief 2-second moment of sonic brilliance that loops over and over, like a dementedly abbreviated version of “Groundhog Day”. As the bass thumps repetitively below the vocoder voice telling you how and why you need to “celebrate,” you’re trapped in an intense two-step, somehow more intricate a dance than anything you’ve done before. 

Employing one of the more impressive (when properly executed) tricks of Dance music, it builds intensity through repetition, only briefly letting you catch your breath during the simmering, hypnotic bridge, before blasting its way back to the repeated hook, this time more euphoric and climactic than ever before. Just when your endorphins (and anything else flowing through you at this party) can’t get you any more lifted, it all ends with a gong.

Why it Could’ve Been:
A number 1 Dance hit in the US, and a Top-10 hit across Europe, “One More Time” had the potential to cut across genres in the U.S. with the proper promotion.

Why it Wasn’t:
Label fuckup. U.S. labels, radio, and thus audiences have never quite known how to deal with foreign output that didn’t ape its own music slavishly (aux the Stones, Beatles, Winehouse), and thus Virgin tried to relegate the single to the Dance music ghetto. It largely stayed there, and off Top-40 radio. But club play is where it grew its following, growing an interest in European Dance music that would give Kylie Minogue the biggest U.S. hit of her career later that year, and a cult following that makes this track far more popular than “Marmalade” today.

Honorable Mention: Missy Elliott’s “Get Ur Freak On”. It’s a testament to Missy and Tim’s visionary brilliance that despite how absolutely, out-of-this-world, fucked-up crazy this song sounded in the summer of 2001, it’s downright comforting today. I remember having a screw-face all through my first listen, wondering if it would give me nightmares.

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