Throwback Thursdays: Daft Punk – Homework

Homework was the debut album by French duo, Daft Punk and was released in January 1997 on Virgin Records. Love them or hate them the duo brought the sound of house and techno to the masses and according to some sources, the album even revived house music. Daft Punk never had any plans to release an album and all the tracks were intended for individual singles release. However the duo considered the material good enough to be released as an album. Bangalter stated, “It was supposed to be just a load of singles. But we did so many tracks over a period of five months that we realised that we had a good album”. The album order was decided based upon how they could fit the tracks across a two disc vinyl LP. Guy Manuel De Homem-Christo remarked, “There was no intended theme because all the tracks were recorded before we arranged the sequence of the album. The idea was to make the songs better by arranging them the way we did to make it more even as an album”.

Homework charted in 14 different countries, peaking at number 3 in the French Albums Chart, number 150 in the United States Billboard 200 and at number 8 in the UK Albums Chart. BY February 2001 the album had sold more than two million copies worldwide and received numerous gold and platinum certifications.

Personally, tracks like Revolution 909, Da Funk and Around The World hold a special place in my heart, and I have many fond memories of hearing such tracks played at many of the best clubs around the world. Daft Punk were probably one of the first acts to open my ears to house music and I will always be eternally grateful for that, and this is why I have selected Daft Punk’s Homework album as my Throw Back Thursday.

01. Daftendirekt
02. Wdpk 83.7 Fm
03. Revolution 909
04. Da Funk
05. Phœnix
06. Fresh
07. Around The World
08. Rollin’ & Scratchin’
09. Teachers
10. High Fidelity
11. Rock’n Roll
12. Oh Yeah
13. Burnin’
14. Indo Silver Club
15. Alive
16. Funk Ad

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Director and DJ, Ian French (Naif) is passionate about many genres of music from Breakbeat and Drum & Bass to Techno and Electronica. A man that lives in a world of bass and beats, Ian is an obsessive collector of music and a true geek at heart, with many years spent in application design.