Fans of forward-looking music have at least two things to be excited about this spring: new albums from Boards of Canada (which is teasing fans with the rarest vinyl released this year) and Daft Punk, whose Random Access Memories is set for a May 20 release.
On Friday, Daft Punk dropped the “Get Lucky” single on Spotify, breaking the company’s internal record for the most streams of a single on its release day. Spotify did not divulge how many streams that was, other than that “Get Lucky” broke the record.
You can listen to that above. Once released, the single became weirdly intermingled with the late Michael Jackson in strange ways.
First, people began noticing that “Get Lucky” sounds a bit like a long-lost Michael Jackson disco track, which, sure, it does. Fine.
Main Ixed took that suggestion to heart, pitch-shifting the single so that Pharell’s vocals fall into Jackson’s range, and pairing it with footage of Jackson, along with a few of his trademark “whoo!” and “ow!” exhortations:
Things snowballed from there. On Monday, indiearchitect paired Main Ixed’s pitch-shifted version with a 1983 video of Michael Jackson performing, thereby evolving the meme to the next level:
It turns out there are lots of these things, and internets being internets, things could continue to snowball from here. People are mashing up Michael Jackson songs with “Get Lucky” all over the place.
Noy Alooshe’s “Billie Jean Get Lucky”:
Knackis Macaque’s “Get Lucky Michael Jackson Singing” (mashup of “Get Lucky” and “Say, Say, Say”):
Filoucelli’s “Get Lucky vs. Black Or White”:
Red Sky Rec’s “Get Lucky (Dorian Mashup)”:
It’s unlikely that anyone who has experienced these remixes will be able to listen to the upcoming Daft Punk record without thinking of Michael Jackson, for better or worse.
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