Daft Punk, Homework (1997)
I’ve loved this album since it was released. It arrived on the scene just as I had started my first job in music retail; we had an advance copy of it – back in the days when that was still a thing. And we’d play it over and again on the night shift. I bought a copy to take home and found I never played it because it was “work music” (not – ahem – “Homework”) and I thought about trading it. But after the job ended the music survived. And Homework has been a staple across the last 20 years. It takes a break for a while but whenever it’s on I’m happy. And we’ve passed it on to the next generation. My nephew Harry loves it and has several dances he’s choreographed for different tracks. So last weekend we were revisiting it – the rellies in town – and then my brother surprised me with an early birthday present music voucher. We had just been talking about how Homework would be good to have on vinyl. I had just never got around to buying it – despite having other things by Daft Punk. And despite Homework still being my favourite. Well when the uncles, aunties and cousins left after a fun weekend – and I had my new music voucher burning the proverbial hole – it seemed the logical thing, to buy a copy of Homework on vinyl. And I did. And then it was straight home for the ceremonial first listen and it took me back to those nights working in the music store twenty years ago. A lot of the music on the album seeming – somehow – almost as fresh now as then. Magical record.
Sample Track: Teachers
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