Music Monday – One More Time

Now THIS is a surprise… I am ACTUALLY writing. -sigh- I get thawed out and think that I have some type of greater purpose, only to find my single use is writing Music Monday… Well, we are all here for a reason, so mine must be to make MM the best damn anime music spiel (self-indulgent writing) it can be! Well first off I think some proper music might be in order. We’ve had too many OPs and EDs, enough jazz to make even the biggest hater a fanatic, and we’ve had all kinds of music from nearly every artist and composer (Yoko Kanno, Yoko Kanno, and Yoko Kanno). But I think it is about time we really shake things up, get to the good stuff that clearly no one else remembers. So I give you – Interstella 5555: The 5tory of the 5ecret 5tar 5ystem and Daft Punk’s One More Time and Aerodynamic… all in one package, talk about value.

Now this sure looks familiar, yeah, it’s that thing, the umm… anime movie which… err, had Daft Punk in it… yeah -slaps-. Yes, it is indeed that THING which has Daft Punk in it, but I assure you it contains just a bit more than their cameo (later in the movie – at The Gold Records Awards). The whole movie is is effectively a ‘visual realization’ of the entire Discovery album by Daft Punk, with a story thrown in about the kidnapping and rescue of an interstellar band. While not the most thrilling movie, the music makes it legendary, so much so that it effectively the face of the Discovery, and made I5555 a cult classic.

Daft Punk, as you can probably tell by now, is kinda a big deal, since… well… it’s Daft Punk, they were huge, and it was almost impossible to not know who they were or at least have heard their music. But I guess there are also plenty of people would not know who they are, for one, the the land of Nippon, where the culture and language barrier (yeah-no) would have made the music seem exotic, and might have never even have heard of them till I5555 was created. Funnily enough, I5555 was not conceived to be a marketing ploy to break into the Japanese market, but was a desire of Daft Punk to see Discovery and some of their story ideas developed into a movie by their childhood idol – Leiji Matsumoto (creator of Space Battleship Yamoto and Captain Harlock). I5555 is an excellent example of how East and West can come together to create a marvelous work, instead of the two being separate cultures and simply being inspired from one another.

I know, I know. I should be talking about anime music or some form of J/K-pop, but Daft Punk was just too good to let up (and I had to pick a song and theme under short notice…). But for the sake of getting completely off course, I find that I5555 has always has looked familiar to something -slap- oh… my… god… I just remembered.

Well this is awkward, but yes, it does look like I5555 and Eiffel 65’s Blue (da ba dee) are nearly one and the sam… ok, no, I can’t say that now can I. While it is pretty true that they possess a similar theme in regards to their videos, they are vastly different breeds in terms of music.

I really don’t have all that much more to say about either I5555 or Daft Punk, as I believe that they prove themselves to be great works that showcase how well music lends itself to visuals and vice-versa. But simply put, treat yourself to Discovery and view a piece of animation history.