Daft Punk – Epilogue

End of an era.

Daft Punk, the French guys in the helmets, have called it quits after 28 years of providing the world with unique music.

Plus the sense-shattering film that is Interstella 5555: The 5tory of the 5ecret 5tar 5ystem – Flat Butt Film Fest.

Play ’em out, with respect.

 

Noir c’est noir

The Dude abides.

France’s answer to Elvis, the ever-rockin’ Johnny Hallyday was the fashion icon Johnny Depp aspires to be, a tabloid-pleasing wild man who remains an icon three years after his death.

He did it all — topping 110 million record sales, starring in 30+ movies, and marrying five times.

Wikipedia estimates he sung around 1,154 songs during a 57-year career, but this is the one I love.

It’s a remake of Black is Black by Los Bravos — one of the great underappreciated tunes of all time — and Hallyday’s version topped the charts for seven weeks straight.

Swing those hips, baby!

 

Chemical Warfare (Don’t It Feel Good?)

Some kind of demented magic.

Anyone can take two musical artists and slap them together into a video mashup.

Some work, some don’t. Some soar, some crash.

But it takes a certain skill, a perfectly-pitched ear and a deft touch, to really nail the combination the way Bill McClintock does here.

Slayer has never sounded so dang peppy, while Katrina and the Waves has never sounded so dark and mysterious.

Maybe it’s just me, but dang it, this is a solid gold hit all the way.

 

Klaus Nomi – Lightning Strikes

Big suit, big talent.

German countertenor Klaus Nomi, owner of a unique sartorial style, and a voice which could slash diamonds, cut a memorable figure in New York’s East Village music scene.

While he had a brief brush with big-time fame, backing up David Bowie during a performance on SNL, cult status was what awaited.

He was one of the first celebrities to die from AIDS, departing the mortal plane at age 39.

Still, his memory lingers, as he’s immortalized as a character on The Venture Bros., and his performances live on in grainy YouTube videos, waiting to be rediscovered.

 

Igorrr – Very Noise

Insane in the membrane.

Two-and-a-half minutes of beyond-surreal images, accompanied by a throbbing beat (but no lyrics), this music video is nothing if not eye-catching.

It’s the work of French musician Gautier Serre, who named his band after a pet gerbil, and delivers a unique “sound” which creates “an intense, disturbing, and undeniably distinct experience.”

He also won the “The Bat-Shit Crazy Album Of The Year Award,” which is something you should always put at the top of your bio.

Do I want to hear any more of his music? Not necessarily.

But I do love his trippy visuals.