Stardust — Music sounds better with you. Brief story behind the hit

George Palladev

Stardust — Music sounds better with you. Brief story behind the hit

Finding a person who does not like this video would be a serious challenge. Michel Gondry created a bright, light hearted story devoted to the fabulous time of childhood when running across a few silver charmers wearing blazers seems completely plausible. The fragments of fake music videos shown on the TV are very amusing, too. Benjamin Diamond is surprisingly tanned while Thomas and Alan are wearing masks—this is 1999 and the Daft Punk robots are soon to come. The duo haven’t taken a photo that would show them as they are for quite a while now, using all kinds of masks on their photo shoots (if there wasn’t any mask at hand, they would use paints or wear bags on their heads).

Music sounds better with you started in Rex Club in Paris when Diamond, Alan and Bangalter (whose name in capital letters is always typed by devoted fans under almost all of his music videos on youtube) were playing creating an instrumental base with Diamond humming melodies along into the microphone. The next day the trio got down to the studio and added 2 second long sample from Chaka Khan’s Fate.

Nameless, track went to the Balearic islands and became a true club hit in August, 1998. According to Michel Gondry, the video mocks the fact that the song became a hit worldwide leaving all the secondhand singles behind. Rumor has it that Thomas was offered 3 million pounds for making a full album by Stardust yet he rejected the offer and put his talent into Discovery—one the most notable Daft Punk’s albums. Thomas gained a lot more than he could have expected. Stardust was initially intended as a one-hit act, yet it turned to be the precursor of French filter house music wave and paved the way for the next generation of electronic musicians. The phaser effect was later used by such different musicians as Armand van Helden and Basement Jaxx. This is how far the power of 700 000 copies goes!

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