Image for Daft Punk Say They Have No Plans For Video ClipsAre the days of 'Around The World' & 'Electroma' behind us?

Daft Punk Say They Have No Plans For Video Clips

Written by Mike Hohnen on April 19, 2013

Despite being one of the hottest albums to drop this year, it seems the tracks from Daft Punk’s Random Access Memories won’t come equipped with a video accompaniment – at least, not for the foreseeable future. Everyone has been waiting with bated breath for the clip to drop for the recently unveiled Get Lucky but, as the robot twosome recently told a French magazine, fans may be waiting a long time.

It seems we were all duped by the trailer for the song that premiered at Coachella, which looks like a clip from an official music video, but according to a recent interview with Rock & Folk magazine, Daft Punk have said that was simply a short clip shot for the sole purpose of the promo and that “for now, there won’t be any clip”.

The pair have provided some top quality music videos in the past, so the idea surely cannot be off the table altogether, and despite the plethora of visual information preceding the release of the latest single – new logos and icons, billboard ads, TV spots and promo videos – this latest news reveals that Thomas Bangalter and Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo wish to avoid a strong visual connection with the music, allowing the tunes to speak for themselves.

The French duo also spoke of their love of pre-MTV-era records, saying Random Access Memories was influenced greatly by records from the time before music videos:

“You’ve got the sleeve, lots of pictures and info, that’s all, and the absence of visuals around The Beatles doesn’t bother us, and in fact reveals their music to us even more.”

Seems like the days of Around The World and Electroma are well and truly behind us. Check out the full (roughly translated) statement below.

“For now, there won’t be any clip. The record was made in a pretty old-school studio. We’re going to rediscover the spirit of the great spectacle of giant billboards on Sunset Boulevard for bands like Love, The Doors, Led Zeppelin. On certain TV shows, we might show 15 or 60 second spots.

“Firstly, we don’t want to influence people’s ideas [of the music] with images. Second, most of the records we like and that are the source of inspiration for this record, those are pre-MTV albums. You’ve got the sleeve, lots of pictures and info, that’s all, and the absence of visuals around The Beatles doesn’t bother us, and in fact makes their music more accessible to us. ‘Thriller’ is the ultimate masterpiece. After that, it won’t be the same anymore, because of video clips.

“Our vision is this – ‘There you go. The record’s here. Listen to it, dive into it, and we’ll see after.'”

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