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Homework is the debut studio album by the French electronic music duo Daft Punk, released on 20 January 1997 by Virgin Records and Soma Quality Recordings. The duo produced the tracks without plans to release an album. After working on projects that were intended to be separate singles over five months, they considered the material good enough for an album.

Homework's success brought worldwide attention to French house music. Homework charted in 14 different countries, peaking at number 3 on the French Albums Chart, number 150 on the United States Billboard 200 and at number 8 on the UK Albums Chart. By February 2001, the album had sold more than two million copies worldwide and received several gold and platinum certifications. Overall, Homework received positive critical response. The album features singles that had significant impact in French house and global dance music scenes, including the U.S. BillboardHot Dance/Club Play number-one singles "Da Funk" and "Around the World", the latter of which reached number 61 on the Billboard Hot 100.

Background and recording[edit]

In 1993, Thomas Bangalter and Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo presented a demo of their electronic music to DJ Stuart Macmillan at a rave at EuroDisney.[2] The contents of the cassette were released on the single "The New Wave" on 11 April 1994, by Soma Quality Recordings, a Scottish techno and house label co-founded in 1991 by MacMillan's band Slam.[3] Daft Punk returned to the studio in May 1995 to record "Da Funk",[4] which was released later that year alongside "Rollin' & Scratchin'" under the Soma label.[5]

The increasing popularity of Daft Punk's singles led to a bidding war among record labels, resulting in the duo's signing to Virgin Records in 1996.[7][8] Their departure was noted by Richard Brown of Soma, who affirmed that "we were obviously sad to lose them to Virgin but they had the chance to go big, which they wanted, and it's not very often that a band has that chance after two singles. We're happy for them."[2] Virgin re-released "Da Funk" with the B-side "Musique" in 1996, a year before releasing Homework. Bangalter later stated that the B-side "was never intended to be on the album, and in fact, 'Da Funk' as a single has sold more units than Homework, so more people own it anyways [sic] than they would if it had been on the album. It is basically used to make the single a double-feature."[9] The album was mixed and recorded in Daft Punk's studio, Daft House in Paris. It was mastered by Nilesh Patel at the London studio The Exchange.[10]

Bangalter stated that "to be free, we had to be in control. To be in control, we had to finance what we were doing ourselves. The main idea was to be free."[11] Daft Punk discussed their method with Spike Jonze, director of the "Da Funk" music video. He noted that "they were doing everything based on how they wanted to do it. As opposed to, 'oh we got signed to this record company, we gotta use their plan.' They wanted to make sure they never had to do anything that would make them feel bummed on making music."[12] Although Virgin Records holds exclusive distribution rights over Daft Punk's material, the duo still owns their master recordings through their Daft Trax label.[7][13]

Composition[edit]

Daft Punk produced the tracks included in Homework without a plan to release an album. Bangalter stated, "It was supposed to be just a load of singles. But we did so many tracks over a period of five months that we realized that we had a good album."[14] The duo set the order of the tracks to cover the four sides of a two-disc vinyl LP.[9] De Homem-Christo remarked, "There was no intended theme because all the tracks were recorded before we arranged the sequence of the album. The idea was to make the songs better by arranging them the way we did; to make it more even as an album."[9] The name Homework, Bangalter explained, relates to "the fact that we made the record at home, very cheaply, very quickly, and spontaneously, trying to do cool stuff."[15]

"Alive"

"Alive", first single released from Homework, is the final version recorded of "The New Wave",[16] which was the first song made by Daft Punk.[2]



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"Daftendirekt" is an excerpt of a live performance recorded in Ghent, Belgium;[10] it served as the introduction to Daft Punk's live shows and was used to begin the album.[9] The performance took place at the first I Love Techno, an event co-produced by Fuse and On the Rox on 10 November 1995.[18]Janet Jackson sampled "Daftendirekt" on her song "So Much Betta", which was included in her tenth studio album, Discipline, in 2008.[19]Homework's following track, "WDPK 83.7 FM", is a tribute to FM radio in the US.[11] The next song, "Revolution 909" is a reflection on the French government's stance on dance music.[9][20]

"Revolution 909" is followed by "Da Funk", which carries elements of funk and acid music.[2] According to Andrew Asch of the Boca Raton News, the song's composition "relies on a bouncy funk guitar to communicate its message of dumb fun."[21] Bangalter expressed that "Da Funk"'s theme involved the introduction of a simple, unusual element that becomes acceptable and moving over time.[22] Sal Cinquemani of Slant Magazine complimented the song as "unrelenting",[23] and Bob Gajarsky of Westnet called it "a beautiful meeting of Chic (circa "Good Times", sans vocals) and the 90s form of electronica."[24] The song appeared on the soundtrack for the 1997 film The Saint and was placed at number 18 on Pitchfork's "Top 200 Tracks of the 1990s" list.[25] "Phœnix" combines elements of gospel music and house music.[9] The duo considered "Fresh" to be breezy and light with a comical structure.[26] Ian Mathers of Stylus Magazine criticized the song, stating that it "doesn't feel like the beach just because of the lapping waves heard in the background."[27]

The single "Around the World" carries influences of Gershon Kingsley's hit "Popcorn".[2] Its music video was directed by the Academy Award-winning French filmmaker Michel Gondry, who compared the track's bassline to that of "Good Times" by Chic.[28] Chris Power of BBC Music named it "one of the decade's catchiest singles". He stated that it was "a perfect example of Daft Punk's sound at its most accessible: a post-disco boogie bassline, a minimalist sprinkling of synthetic keyboard melody and a single, naggingly insistent hook."[17] Ian Mathers of Stylus Magazine commented that "there is no way you'd want to have a Homework without 'Around The World'."[27] The track "Teachers" is a tribute to several of Daft Punk's house music influences, including future collaborators Romanthony, DJ Sneak and Todd Edwards.[29] The song "Oh Yeah" features DJ Deelat and DJ Crabbe. "Indo Silver Club" features a sample of "Hot Shot" by Karen Young.[10] Prior to its inclusion on Homework, "Indo Silver Club" was released as a single on the Soma Quality Recordings label in two parts.[30] The single lacked an artist credit in the packaging[30] and was thought to have been created by the nonexistent producers Indo Silver Club.[31] The final track, "Funk Ad", is a reversed clip of "Da Funk".[9]

Singles[edit]

Homework features singles that had significant impact in the French house[32] and global dance music scenes.[7] The first single from the album, "Alive", was included as a B-side on the single "The New Wave", which was released in April 1994. The album's second single was "Da Funk"; it was initially released in 1995 by Soma and was re-released by Virgin Records in 1996. It became the duo's first number-one single on the BillboardHot Dance/Club Play chart.[33] The song reached number seven on British[34] and French charts.[35] The third single, "Around the World", was a critical and commercial success, becoming the second number-one single on the Billboard Hot Dance/Club Play chart,[33] as well as reaching number 11 in Australia,[36] number five in the United Kingdom[37] and number 61 on the Billboard Hot 100.[38] In October 2011, NME placed "Around the World" at number 21 on its list of "150 Best Tracks of the Past 15 Years".[39] The album's fourth single was "Burnin'"; it was released in September 1997 and peaked at number 30 in the UK.[37] The final single from Homework was "Revolution 909". It was released in February 1998 and reached number 47 in the UK[37] and number 12 on the Billboard Hot Dance/Club Play chart.[38]

In 1999, the duo released a video collection featuring music videos of tracks and singles from the album under the name of D.A.F.T.: A Story About Dogs, Androids, Firemen and Tomatoes. Although its title derives from the appearances of dogs ("Da Funk" and "Fresh"), androids ("Around the World"), firemen ("Burnin'"), and tomatoes ("Revolution 909") in the videos, a cohesive plot does not connect its episodes.[40]

Critical reception[edit]

Homework's success brought worldwide attention to French progressive house music,[51] and drew attention to French house music.[32] According to The Village Voice, the album revived house music and departed from the Euro dance formula.[52] In the book 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die, critic Alex Rayner stated that Homework tied the established club styles to the "burgeoning eclecticism" of big beat. He contended that it served as a proof that "there was more to dance music than pills and keyboard presets."[53]Clash described Homework as an entry point of accessibility for a "burgeoning movement on the cusp of splitting the mainstream seam."[54] In 2009, Brian Linder of IGN described Homework as the duo's third-best album. He catalogued as a "groundbreaking achievement" the way they used their unique skills to craft the house, techno, acid and punk music styles into the record.[55] Hua Hsu of eMusic agreed, applauding Homework for how it captured a "feeling of discovery and exploration" as a result of "years of careful study of the finest house, techno, electro and hip-hop records."[56] David Browne, writing in Entertainment Weekly, stated that the duo knew how to use "their playful, hip-hopping ambient techno" to craft the album. He named Homework the "ideal disco for androids".[43] Sean Cooper of AllMusic called the album "an almost certain classic" and "essential".[41]

Chris Power of BBC Music compared Homework's "less-is-more" approach to compression's use as "a sonic tribute" to the FMradio stations that "fed Daft Punk's youthful obsessions."[17] Sal Cinquemani of Slant Magazine wrote that "while a few tracks are more daft than deft," more recent groundbreakers like The Avalanches could never exist without "Da Funk".[23] Ian Mathers of Stylus Magazine noted that "there's a core of unimpeachably classic work on Homework, hidden among the merely good, and when you've got such a classic debut hidden in the outlines of the epic slouch of their debut, it's hard not to get frustrated."[27]Rolling Stone awarded the album three stars out of five, commenting that "the duo's essential, career-defining insight is that the problem with disco the first time around was not that it was stupid but that it was not stupid enough."[49]Rolling Stone ranked Homework at the top on their list of "The 30 Greatest EDM Albums of All Time" while affirming that Daft Punk's debut "is pure synapse-tweaking brilliance."[57] According to Scott Woods of The Village Voice, "Daft Punk [tore] the lid off the [creative] sewer" with the release of Homework.[52] Ryan Schreiber of Pitchfork awarded it 7.6 out of 10. He stated that "Homework provides sixteen whole tracks of modern-day boom box bass n' drum and unlike your science project, it doesn't require a lot of intricate calculations to figure out how it works." In his view, "It sounds like an Atari 2600 on a killing spree."[47] By contrast, Robert Christgau of The Village Voice cited "Da Funk" as a "choice cut",[58] indicating "a good song on an album that isn't worth your time or money".[59] Darren Gawle from Drop-D Magazine also gave a negative review, stating that "Homework is the work of a couple of DJs who sound amateurish at best."[60]

Commercial performance[edit]

Daft Punk wanted the majority of pressings to be on vinyl, so only 50,000 albums were initially printed in Vinyl format. After its release, overwhelming sales of Homework caused distributors to accelerate production to satisfy demand. The album was distributed in 35 countries worldwide,[7] peaking at number 150 on the Billboard 200.[61]Homework first charted on the Australian Albums Chart on 27 April 1997; it remained there for eight weeks and peaked at number 37.[62] In France, the album reached number three and stayed on the chart for 82 weeks. In 1999, it reached Gold status in France for selling more than 100,000 copies.[63] On 11 July 2001, the album was certified Gold by the Recording Industry Association of America, indicating sales of 500,000 copies in the US.[64][65] By October 1997, the album had sold 220,000 copies worldwide,[66] although Billboard reported that, according to Virgin Records, two million copies had been sold by February 2001.[67] By September 2007, 605,000 copies had been sold in the United States.[68]

Track listing[edit]

All music composed by Thomas Bangalter and Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo.

1."Daftendirekt"2:44
2."WDPK 83.7 FM"0:28
3."Revolution 909"5:26
4."Da Funk"5:28
5."Phœnix"4:55
6."Fresh"4:03
7."Around the World"7:04
8."Rollin' & Scratchin'"7:26
9."Teachers"2:52
10."High Fidelity"6:00
11."Rock'n Roll"7:32
12."Oh Yeah"2:00
13."Burnin'"6:53
14."Indo Silver Club"4:32
15."Alive"5:15
16."Funk Ad"0:51
Total length:73:53

Charts[edit]

Certifications[edit]

References[edit]

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We've got much more control than money. You can't get everything. We live in a society where money is what people want, so they can't get the control. We chose. Control is freedom. People say we're control freaks, but control is controlling your destiny without controlling other people.
—Thomas Bangalter, in regards to the duo's creative control and freedom[6]

Discovery is the second studio album by French electronic music duo Daft Punk, released on 26 February 2001 by Virgin Records. It marks a shift from the Chicago house sound prevalent on their first studio record, Homework (1997), to a house style more heavily inspired by disco, post-disco, garage house, and R&B. Comparing their stylistic approach to their previous album, band member Thomas Bangalter described Discovery as an exploration of song structures and musical forms whereas Homework was "raw" electronic music. He also described Discovery as a reflection of the duo's childhood memories, when they listened to music with a more playful and innocent viewpoint.

The album was recorded at Bangalter's home in Paris between 1998 and 2000. The album features extensive sampling; few samples were from older records, while others were recorded by Daft Punk playing live instruments themselves. Fellow electronic musicians Romanthony, Todd Edwards, and DJ Sneak collaborated on some tracks both musically and lyrically. For the album's music videos, the group developed a concept involving the merging of science fiction with the entertainment industry. Inspired by their childhood love for Japanese anime, the duo collaborated with Leiji Matsumoto to produce Interstella 5555: The 5tory of the 5ecret 5tar 5ystem, an anime film with the entirety of Discovery as the soundtrack.

In the lead-up to Discovery's release, the duo adopted robot costumes, claiming they had become robots as a result of an accident in their studio. They also launched Daft Club, a website which featured exclusive tracks and other bonus material. Discovery was a critical and commercial success, peaking high across several charts internationally on release. Critics praised Daft Punk for innovating the house music scene in the same manner they had done with Homework. The album spawned six singles; "One More Time" featuring Romanthony was its most successful, and became a club hit. Other musicians, including Kanye West, have sampled tracks from Discovery in their own works.

Background[edit]

After their debut album Homework was released, Thomas Bangalter and Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo spent most of 1997 touring on the Daftendirektour.[1][2] For the first half of 1998, the duo was focused on their own personal labels, while also working on the video collection D.A.F.T.: A Story About Dogs, Androids, Firemen and Tomatoes. In 1999 and 2000, their time was split between making music for their own labels and recording Discovery.

Recording[edit]

Discovery was recorded in the duo's own studio, Daft House, located at Bangalter's home in Paris, France.[3] Daft Punk started work on the album in early 1998, and produced it over the course of two years.[4] Bangalter and Homem-Christo made music together and separately, in a similar process to their debut album Homework.[1] Although they used the same equipment as they had for Homework, the duo sought to record tracks that were more concise than their previous work. For Discovery, the group used different samplers and synthesizers, including Akai MPC, E-mu SP-1200, Oberheim DMX and LinnDrum. The track "Short Circuit", which features a Sequential Circuits drum pattern,[1] was previously heard in Daft Punk's 1997 live sets.[5] For vocoders, the group used a Roland SVC-350, Auto-Tune, and a DigiTech Vocalist. Production on the album also incorporated a PC with an early version of Logic. Every track on Discovery uses a different phase shifter.[1] The album was mastered by Nilesh Patel,[3] who also had mastered Homework.[6]

One of the first tracks to come out of the Discovery sessions, "One More Time", was completed in 1998 and was left "sitting on a shelf" until its single release in 2000. After completing "Too Long" early in the album's production, Daft Punk decided that they "didn't want to do 14 more house tracks" in the way the genre is usually defined, and thus set out to incorporate a variety of styles for the record.[7][8] The album features musical contributions from Romanthony, Todd Edwards, and DJ Sneak. Romanthony and Edwards were some of the producers that had the most influence on Daft Punk. The duo had wanted to work with them on Homework, but found it difficult to convince them to do so since they were still relatively unknown.[1] DJ Sneak wrote the lyrics to "Digital Love" and assisted in the song's production.[4][9]

Music[edit]

Theme[edit]

Discovery is recognized as a concept album.[10][11] It relates strongly to Daft Punk's childhood memories, incorporating their love of cinema and character.[12]Thomas Bangalter specified that the album deals with the duo's experiences growing up in the decade between 1975 and 1985, rather than it just being a tribute to the music of that period.[1] The record was designed to reflect a playful, honest and open-minded attitude toward listening to music. Bangalter compared it to the state of childhood when one does not judge or analyze music.[1] Bangalter noted the stylistic approach of the album was in contrast to that of their previous effort. "Homework [...] was a way to say to the rock kids, like, 'Electronic music is cool'. Discovery was the opposite, of saying to the electronic kids, 'Rock is cool, you know? You can like that.'"[13] He elaborated that Homework had been "a rough and raw thing" focused on sound production and texture, whereas the goal with Discovery was to explore song structures and new musical forms. This change in sound was inspired by Aphex Twin's "Windowlicker".[7]

Composition[edit]

Discovery is a departure from Daft Punk's previous house sound.[14] In his review for AllMusic, John Bush wrote that Discovery is "definitely the New York garage edition" of Homework. He added that Daft Punk produced a "glammier, poppier" sound of Eurodisco and R&B by over embellishing their pitch-bend, and vocoder effects, including loops of divas, synth-guitars, and electric piano.[15]Stylus Magazine's Keith Gwillim asserted that it is a disco album that draws on the genre's "danceable" and "sappy" elements, including its processed vocals and "prefabricated" guitar solos.[16] Other critics also described the album as post-disco.[17][18] Retrospectively, Uproxx said the album also incorporates French house.[19]




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The album's opening track, "One More Time", features heavily Auto-Tuned and compressed vocals from Romanthony.[1] The next track, "Aerodynamic", has a funk groove, halt for an electric guitar solo, and ending with a separate "spacier" electronic segment.[20] This solo, which contains guitar arpeggios, was compared to Yngwie Malmsteen by Pulse!.[21] "Digital Love" contains a solo performed by the duo using a Wurlitzer piano, vintage synthesizers and music sequencers;[20] it incorporates elements of pop,[22]new wave, jazz, funk and disco.[23] "Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger", the fourth track on the album is an electro-leaning song.[23] It is followed by "Crescendolls", an instrumental. "Nightvision" is an ambient track.[22] "Superheroes" leans toward the "acidminimalism" of Homework.[15] "High Life" is built over a "gibberish" vocal sample, and contains an organ-like section.[23] "Something About Us" is a downtempo song, with digitally processed vocals by Daft Punk and lounge rhythms.[23]

"Voyager" has guitar riffs, harp-like 80s synths, and a funky bassline.[24] "Veridis Quo" is a "faux-orchestral" synthesizer baroque song;[15] according to Angus Harrison, its title is a pun on the words "very disco".[24] "Short Circuit" is an electro-R&B song[15] with breakbeats[25] and programmed drum patterns.[1] "Face to Face" is a dance-pop song featuring vocals from Todd Edwards, and is more pop-oriented than the other tracks on Discovery.[15][24] In the context of the album, Bangalter noted that the preceding track "Short Circuit" represented the act of shutting down, and "Face to Face" represents the consciousness of reality.[26] "Too Long", the album's closer, is a ten-minute-long electro-R&B song.[27]

Samples[edit]

A significant amount of sampling is present on the album. Rather than creating new music using only the samples, Daft Punk worked with them by writing and performing additional parts.[20] The Discovery liner notes specify permitted use of samples for four tracks on the album: Part of George Duke's "I Love You More" is featured in "Digital Love"; Edwin Birdsong's "Cola Bottle Baby" was sampled for "Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger"; The Imperials' song "Can You Imagine" is used for "Crescendolls"; Barry Manilow's "Who's Been Sleeping in My Bed" is credited for "Superheroes".[3] It is believed that "One More Time" contains a sample of "More Spell on You" by Eddie Johns,[28] but this is uncredited in the Discovery liner notes. Bangalter reportedly denied using any samples for the song. A later report, however, indicated that the sample of "More Spell on You" had been officially approved.[28]

Several websites list many other samples present on the album, but Bangalter has stated that half of the samples he had seen listed are not true. He also stated the sampling they do is legitimately done, not something they try to hide.[29] Bangalter elaborated that the newly recorded elements were implemented in a way that was equivalent to "creating fake samples [...] where people think there are samples from disco records or funk records."[30]Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo estimated that half of the sampled material on Discovery was played live and re-recorded by the duo,[4] and emphasized that the resulting quality of the music was more important than the ego of who played which instruments.[20]

Promotion and release[edit]

See also: Interstella 5555: The 5tory of the 5ecret 5tar 5ystem

The ideas for the album's music videos formed during the early Discovery recording sessions.[12] Daft Punk's concept for the film involved the merging of science fiction with entertainment industry culture.[31] The duo recalled watching Japanese anime as children, including favorites such as Captain Harlock, Grandizer, and Candy Candy.[32] All three brought the album and the completed story to Tokyo in the hope of creating the film with their childhood hero, Leiji Matsumoto, who had created Captain Harlock.[32][31] After Matsumoto joined the team as visual supervisor, Shinji Shimizu had been contacted to produce the animation and Kazuhisa Takenouchi to direct the film. With the translation coordination of Tamiyuki "Spike" Sugiyama, production began in October 2000 and ended in April 2003.[31] The result of the collaboration was an anime film featuring the entirety of Discovery as the soundtrack.[32]

Daft Punk adopted robot costumes in the lead up to Discovery's release. The group told to press they were working in their studio at 9:09 am on 9 September 1999, when their sampler exploded. They had to undergo reconstructive surgery, and, regaining consciousness, they realized they had become robots.[1][12]

Shortly before the album's release, the group launched Daft Club, a website which offered exclusive tracks and other bonus material. Every Discovery CD included a Daft Club membership card bearing a unique number that provided personalized access to the website.[1] Bangalter said this was "our way of rewarding people who buy the CD".[23] The service provided by the site ended in 2003; most of the tracks were then compiled into the remix album Daft Club.

Reception[edit]

Discovery received generally positive reviews from critics. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream publications, the album received an average score of 74, based on 19 reviews.[33]AllMusic's John Bush said that, with their comprehensive productions and loops of manifold elements, Daft Punk developed a sound that was "worthy of bygone electro-pop technicians from Giorgio Moroder to Todd Rundgren to Steve Miller."[15]Q magazine wrote that the album was vigorous and innovative in its exploration of "old questions and spent ideals", hailing it as "a towering, persuasive tour de force" that "transcends the dance label" with no shortage of ideas, humor, or "brilliance".[38]Joshua Clover, writing in Spin, dubbed Discovery disco's "latest triumph" and said although it "flags a bit" before the end, the opening stretch of songs was on-par with albums such as Sign o' the Times (1987) by Prince and Nirvana's Nevermind (1991).[11] Stephen Dalton from NME found the record's pop art ideas enthralling and credited Daft Punk for "re-inventing the mid-'80s as the coolest pop era ever."[10] In Entertainment Weekly, Will Hermes wrote that the "beat editing and EQ wizardry" still excite after Homework, despite the newly imbued sense of humor.[34]Mixmag called it "the perfect non-pop pop album" and said Daft Punk had "altered the course of dance music for the second time".[36]

Ben Ratliff from Rolling Stone was less impressed and wrote that few songs on Discovery were on-par with the grandiosity of "One More Time". He found most of them "muddled - not only in the spectrum between serious and jokey but in its sense of an identity."[39] In The Guardian, Alexis Petridis felt Daft Punk's attempt to "salvage" older musical references resembled Homework, but was less coherent and successful.[35]Pitchfork critic Ryan Schreiber found their "prog and disco" hybrid "relatively harmless" and claimed that it was not "meant to be judged on its lyrics", which he dismissed as amateurish and commonplace.[37]Robert Christgau, writing in The Village Voice, facetiously said the album may appeal to young enthusiasts of Berlin techno and computing, but it was too "French" and "spirituel" for American tastes.[40] In a retrospective review for The Rolling Stone Album Guide (2004), Douglas Wolk gave Discovery three-and-a-half stars and wrote that "the more [Daft Punk] dumb the album down, the funkier it gets" with an emphasis on hooks over songs.[41]

Q listed Discovery as one of the best 50 albums of 2001.[42] The album was later ranked number 12 on Pitchfork's Top 100 Albums of 2000–04 and number three on their Top 200 Albums of the 2000s.[43][44] In 2009, Rhapsody placed the album at number twelve on its 100 Best Albums of the Decade list.[45] It was also named the fourth best album of the decade by Resident Advisor.[46] In 2012, Rolling Stone included Discovery at number eight on their list of The 30 Greatest EDM Albums of All Time.[47] The album also was included on BBC Radio 1's Masterpieces in December 2009 presented by Zane Lowe, highlighting the increased reception of the album over the decade.[48]

Commercial performance[edit]

The album peaked at number two in the United Kingdom[49] and France,[50] and number twenty-three in the United States.[51] The album was certified triple platinum in France (in 2007) for shipments denoting 600,000 copies.[52] As a result of sales, Discovery was certified Gold by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) on 11 October 2010.[53] As of May 2013, the album has sold 802,000 copies in the US.[54] The album's lead single "One More Time" was its most successful, peaking at number one on the French charts[55] and the BillboardHot Dance Club Songs charts, and peaked within the top ten on seven other charts. It remained the group's most successful single until the release of "Get Lucky" in 2013. The album's fifth single, "Face to Face", reached number one on the BillboardHot Dance Club Songs chart in 2004. Discovery has sold at least 2.6 million copies as of 2005.[56]

Legacy[edit]

Several songs from the album would later be sampled by other artists. Kanye West's song "Stronger" from the album Graduation features a vocal sample of "Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger". A live performance of "Stronger" was featured at the 2008 Grammy Awards, with Daft Punk performing in their trademark pyramid structure while Kanye West was on stage rapping.[57]Wiley's song "Summertime" from the album See Clear Now features a sample of "Aerodynamic".[58]Jazmine Sullivan's song "Dream Big" from the album Fearless features a sample of "Veridis Quo".[59]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Thomas Bangalter and Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo, except where noted.

Personnel[edit]

Adapted from Discovery liner notes.[3]

  • Daft Punk – vocals, vocoders(tracks 3, 4, 9), sequencers, sampling, synthesizers, Wurlitzer electric piano, guitars, bass, talkbox, drum machines, production, concept, art direction
  • Romanthony – lyrics, vocals (tracks 1, 14), co-production (track 14)
  • DJ Sneak – lyrics (track 3)
  • Todd Edwards – lyrics, vocals and co-production (track 13)
  • Nilesh Patel – mastering
  • Alex & Martin – concept, art direction
  • Cedric Hervet – concept, art direction
  • Gildas Loaëc – concept, art direction
  • Simon Scott – concept, art direction
  • Daniel Vangarde – concept, art direction
  • Pedro Winter – concept, art direction
  • Mitchell Feinberg – liquid metal photos
  • Luis Sanchis – piano photo
  • Tony Gardner, Alterian – bionics engineering
  • Tamiyuki "Spike" Sugiyama – Tokyo connector

Charts[edit]

Certifications[edit]

References[edit]

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  3. ^ abcdDiscovery (liner notes). Daft Punk. Virgin Records, a division of Universal Music Group. 2001.
  4. ^ abc"15 Things You Didn't Know About Daft Punk's Discovery". Ministry of Sound. 26 February 2017. Archived from the original on 6 October 2017. Retrieved 6 October 2017. 
  5. ^Cardew, Ben. "Daft Punk Confirmed to Play Glastonbury... in 1997". Cuepoint. Medium. Retrieved 8 October 2017. 
  6. ^Homework (liner notes). Daft Punk. Virgin Records, a division of Universal Music Group. 42609. 1997.
  7. ^ ab"Daft Punk Embark on a Voyage of Discovery". MTV. Archived from the original on 27 March 2006. Retrieved 22 February 2007. 
  8. ^Dombal, Ryan (15 May 2013). "Daft Punk: Cover Story Outtakes". Pitchfork. Archived from the original on 7 June 2013. Retrieved 15 May 2013. 
  9. ^DJ Sneak | French Touch Information. frenchtouchinfo.com. Retrieved on February 22, 2018.
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