From Daft Punk to Nirvana: The Far Out Weekly Playlist
The weekly playlist, a new feature on Far Out, wraps up the previous seven days across the website and brings them all together into one handy place. Whether this is a thirst for new music or an old favourite with a landmark celebration, here is your one-stop-shop for all your music needs.
There’s no place else to start this week then with the heartbreaking news that Daft Punk, the iconic French electronic music duo, have announced the decision to call it quits after 28 years together. The band, famed for some of the most iconic pop songs of all time, was formed in Paris in 1993 by Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo and Thomas Bangalter and became a cultural phenomenon that transcends music.
The most awe-inspiring facet of Daft Punk, apart from their world-beating music, is that in the modern social media age, they managed to keep that sense of mystery around them, which made them unlike any other act on the planet. This mystery created a whole weird world that Daft Punk existed in, and it did feel like they had been dropped down on the planet from outer-space to make it a better place with their euphoric anthems.
Donning ornate helmets and gloves with stylish ease, they took on the persona of robots in public since 1999, and Daft Punk will be remembered as one of the all-time artistic greats for their music and live stage presence. In 2013, as part of an interview with Rolling Stone, the duo clarified that the reasoning of the masks was to explore the “line between fiction and reality” and create “fictional personas that exist in real life.” It’s hard to imagine that what Daft Punk achieved will ever be replicated in the current climate, but, for now, let’s just celebrate the legendary legacy that they leave behind.
Staying on a sad yet, reflective note, it should have been Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain’s 54th birthday and Far Out celebrated the great man’s legacy by running two features on him. One-piece looks at the six best love songs that he ever penned. Meanwhile, another remembers the eight occasions that Cobain proved himself to be one of the good guys.
‘Heart-Shaped Box’ takes top-spot on his best love songs list. The piece explains that the track “offers a profoundly revealing look at Cobain’s mindset at the time of writing. The song explores the involuntary magnetism of love and the loss of control therein, with lines like, ‘I’ve been locked inside you heart-shaped box for weeks / I’ve been drawn into your magnet tar pit trap.'”
Last week also marked 25-years since Oasis offered up arguably their finest hour with ‘Don’t Look Back In Anger’, and the song’s power hasn’t diminished. In fact, the strength of the song seems to only giant more and more momentum. The song has taken on an anthemic status, one which would likely see the song become the British national anthem if given the opportunity of a public vote.
Noel once said of the song’s mammoth stature: “It reminds me of a cross between ‘All the Young Dudes’ and ‘Something’ might have done.” Speaking of the character ‘Sally’ referred to in the song he insisted: “I don’t actually know anybody called Sally. It’s just a word that fit, y’know, might as well throw a girl’s name in there.”
Noel Gallagher even said at a later date that Liam was to thank for the name in the lyric (from Uncut magazine August 2007): “We were in Paris playing with The Verve, and I had the chords for that song and started writing it. We were due to play two days later. Our first-ever big arena gig, it’s called Sheffield Arena now.”
Noel continues: “At the soundcheck, I was strumming away on the acoustic guitar, and our kid (Liam) said, ‘What’s that you’re singin’?’ I wasn’t singing anyway, I was just making it up. And our kid said, ‘Are you singing ‘So Sally can wait’?’ And I was like—that’s genius! So I started singing, ‘So Sally can wait.’ I remember going back to the dressing room and writing it out. It all came really quickly after that.”
Far Out featured emerging band, The Lazy Eyes on our ‘New Noise’ section. They are a rare talent whose music is full-of grandiose elements yet retains a deep emotion within it which is a hard achievement hard to come by, but The Lazy Eyes so far have pulled it off. Last year was the stuff of nightmares for any emerging band, and now they have a new EP and are back touring their native Australia. Things look unstoppably bright. There’s no reason why their rise can’t continue and why The Lazy Eyes can’t become the next prominent Australian psychedelic export.
Check out the full-list and playlist, below.
Far Out Weekly Playlist:
Daft Punk – ‘One More Time’
Nirvana – ‘Heart-Shaped Box’
Mogwai – ‘Ritchie Sacramento’
Nina Simone – ‘Feeling Good’
Bright Eyes – ‘First Day Of My Life’
Green Day – ‘When I Come Around’
Plastic Ono Band – ‘Instant Karma’
Dr. Dre – ‘Still Dre’
Oasis – ‘Don’t Look Back In Anger’
Nat King Cole – ‘Unforgettable’
Bob Dylan and Johnny Cash – ‘The Girl From The North Country’