Six Finger Satellite’s Influence on Daft Punk’s Homework?

Six Finger Satellite–Rabies (Baby’s Got the)

Six Finger Satellite’s 1995 album “Severe Exposure,” specifically the song “Rabies (Baby’s Got the)” may have influenced Daft Punk’s 1996 single Da Funk, which is also featured on their  Homework album from 1997.  How you may ask?  Check out the keyboard stabs in Da Funk–conceptually similar to this arpeggiated keyboard part/stab in Rabies–then especially, check out that high pitched keyboard sound in Rabies–the notes played are similar to that main winding keyboard riff in Da Funk, it’s just that the riff in Da Funk has a little more frills.  And notice how the keyboard sound in the first few seconds of Rabies (also used to echo the main bassline periodically after :50 seconds in the song) sounds alot like the keyboard sound used for the main melody/winding keyboard part of Da Funk and a sound used alot on Daft Punk’s Human After All album.  I’m not saying these parts sound exactly the same, but that both feature conceptually similar keyboard stabs and winding synth parts with very similar notes.  They also both feature steady beats–a little more rock in Rabies,  still dancey/disco-ish,  and a little bit more straightforward dance/funk in Da Funk.

Daft Punk obviously listened to lots of weird 70s music, disco, electronic, experimental music (see all the music they sampled for Discovery and Human After All and the songs they picked for their Electroma movie), and I would not be surprised if they may have heard about this weird American band Six Finger Satellite that was making weird 70s-ish punk-electronic hybrid punk dance music in 1995 through friends, the press, or college radio, and having eclectic experimental tastes, may have picked up the album and been impressed with Rabies, which may have consciously or subconsciously influenced Da Funk.  What do you think?  On first listen, you may think, “These sound nothing alike.”  But keep your ear open for the conceptual similarities of the keyboard stabs, and the conceptual similarity of the notes of the main winding keyboard parts/main melody and the steady drum beats–conceptually they’re pretty similar in structure and intent.  Interestingly, the soundman for Six Finger Satellite, James Murphy, would go on to start LCD Soundsystem, and would end up making a song “Daft Punk is Playing at My House,” so you can see that there are definitely some conceptual and music shared roots there.

Daft Punk–Da Funk

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Justice–Civilization (Fucking Champs remix)


Justice–Civilization (Fucking Champs remix)

All we can say is, wow! The Fucking Champs made this song like 100x better! Champs/Justice/Daft Punk album/world tour???

Daft Punk Copied Their Helmets From 1970s Motown Artist Mandre!!!

So we all know what the Daft Punk helmets look like…turns out they are from the first and second album by 70’s Motown disco/electro/funk artist Mandre, look at these album covers (and we know how much Daft Punk samples obscure 70s disco/electro/funk like Breakwater)! Notice on the first album how there’s that band of black across the silver helmet caused by shadowing, which looks similar to the protruding black visor on that one Daft Punk helmet, the silver with black banding, and the other is just the same too, a large black panel on that gold helmet, just minus those two pointed spikes…Notice the first Mandre robot is in a tuxedo, check the Daft Punk robots in suits below…






Mandre-Solar Flight

Mandre-Fantasy

Galaxy Express 999

Galaxy Express 999

I got the DVD version on eBay. Epic ruminations on the tradeoffs between human mortality and robotic immortality. Sort of like an anime Blade Runner involving a flying train. Well, there’s a lot more to that of course. By Leiji Matsumoto who did Space Battleship Yamato/Star Blazers, Interstella 5555 (Daft Punk), etc.

I’ve never seen the Captain Harlock series, but the Wikipedia description is a hoot, here’s an excerpt:

Plot

Though there are slight variations in each telling of Harlock’s story, the essentials remain the same. Matsumoto presents a future in which the Earth has achieved a vast starfaring civilization, but is slowly and steadily succumbing to ennui or despair, often due to defeat and subjugation by a foreign invader. Rising against the general apathy, Harlock denies defeat and leads an outlaw crew aboard his starship Arcadia to undertake daring raids against Earth’s oppressors. Even though they have defeated Earth and devastated its peoples, the invaders are often presented in a sympathetic light, being shown as having some justification for their actions.

Space Pirate Captain Harlock

In the original television series, Harlock’s crew included the mysterious, alcohol-imbibing alien woman Miime, a robot, and a drunken doctor. The series presented a story arc in which a huge black metal sphere strikes Tokyo and ancient Mayan legends appear to be walking the Earth again. The invaders turn out to be the Mazone, a race of vegetable-based, Modigliani-necked women who explored Earth in the mythic past and are now back to reclaim it. Only Harlock and his mismatched crew are brave enough and capable enough to face the enemy.

Shibuya Disco

Hot space/prog/italo disco action via Shibuya FM along the same lines as Todd Terje or Lindstrom & Prins Thomas

1. Space – Magic Fly
2. Talking Heads – Born Under Punches
3. Patrick Cowley – Sea Hunt
4. War – Young Blood
5. Zodiac – Pacific
6. Break 3000 – Disco 7
7. Giorgio Moroder – I Wanna Rock You
8. Andre Carr – Disco Frisco
9. Justus Kohncke – Elan
10. Seelenluft – Manila (Zongamin remix)
11. Massimo Barsotti DJ – Whole Lotta Love
12. Gang – KKK (Club Mix)
13. Theo Parrish – Got a Match

Not sure which Seeelenluft remix it is…Ah, it’s the awesome Zongamin remix, got some nice bass and guitars on it!!!

Daft Punk–Alive 2007 versus Coachella Bootleg Sound quality

From what I’ve heard of both, the Coachella bootleg has far superior sound quality whereas the official Alive 2007 release is nowhere near as listenable. Coachella sounds like it was recorded off of a soundboard with the addition of an ambient mic to pick up crowd noises–Alive doesn’t even sound like it’s off a soundboard, it has less fidelity, less depth, and sounds kind of cardboardy and flat. Now, why wouldn’t they have released the Coachella bootleg instead???

OH, my bad, my apologies Daft Punk!!! It turns out I was listening to a bootleg my friend taped!!! I’m listening to the legit copy of Alive 2007 now, and it sounds great!!! Grrr!!!  I still think the Coachella bootleg might sound a bit better though!

The complete Coachella version that rules comes in two parts, parts 1 and part 2. I’ve heard a combined version that cut out the awesome Close Encounters of the Third Kind music at the beginning, etc.