Song of the Day #1,826: ‘The Game of Love’ – Daft Punk

daft_punk_ramThe ubiquity of Daft Punk, and their new album Random Access Memores, carried over to Amoeba Music. Versions of the album on vinyl and CD were prominently displayed.

This was just the latest example of the Daft Punk deluge I discussed in a post a month and a half ago.

In my regular life, I would probably never buy this album, regardless of its critical acclaim and ownership of the pop culture moment. I’m just not into electronic music.

But on vacation, things are different. And just like I wouldn’t eat Haagen Dazs three times in four days back home but gladly did so in Los Angeles, I decided to buy Random Access Memories.

The Andaz West Hollywood has a rooftop pool that overlooks the city on one side and the millionaire real estate of the Hollywood Hills on the other. While the kids played in the pool, my wife and I would lie on shaded bed-sized circular cushions enjoying the view (as well as the free wi-fi).

The poolside music mix was what I would describe as easy listening dance music — it had a techno beat but it was laid back and smooth, almost jazz-like. Maybe this is what’s referred to as trance, but I don’t really care enough to find out.

At any rate, this Daft Punk album reminds me of that poolside mix, at least in parts. It also has a modern disco vibe (as on the hit single ‘Get Lucky’) and some truly annoying, repetitive bits. I probably won’t listen to it very much, if at all, but it will be a nice reminder of our California vacation.

There is a game of love
There is a game of love
This is the game of love
This is the game of love
And it was you
And it was you
The one that would be breaking my heart
When you decided to walk away
When you decided to walk away

The one that would be breaking my heart
When you decided to walk away
When you decided to walk away

There is a game of love
There is a game of love
This is the game of love
This is the game of love
And it was you
And it was you
The one that would be breaking my heart
When you decided to walk away
When I wanted you to stay

And it was you
I just wanted you to stay
Me, I just wanted you to stay
Me, I just wanted you to stay
Me, I just wanted you to stay

One thought on “Song of the Day #1,826: ‘The Game of Love’ – Daft Punk

  1. Dana says:

    In the time that has passed between your last post on this band and now, I have heard “Get Lucky” a number of times on the radio, but I had forgotten that you had featured the then unfamiliar to me song and had similarly forgotten your comments or mine from that post. Interestingly though, each time I have heard “Get Lucky” since, I have had the same reaction I had when you featured it….it is both simultaneously fun and compelling, yet repetitive and annoying. That description is probably apt for most dance music.

    On first listen to today’s song, my reaction is that I am kinda digging it more than I would have expected. I suppose if this is the next single, I will have to look back to see if that initial reaction holds true.

    As for electronica/trance music generally, in low volumes at the right place, like a trendy restaurant or a roof top pool, I find it tolerable to sometimes pleasant. Usually though, the minute the volume is turned up such that it is no longer background music, I become annoyed and so it is hard to imagine ever playing this type of music when I am actually wanting to focus on the music rather than the atmosphere.

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