One of the biggest albums of 2013 could have been made in the '70s or '80s.The French duo Daft Punk's "Random Access Memories" uses the funky disco guitars, airtight drums and analog synthesizers that soundtracked bygone eras of L.A. nightclub hedonism. Yet the album was a smash hit, debuting atop the Billboard album charts and selling over 300,000 copies in its opening week.dummy
The project of Thomas Bangalter and Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo, Daft Punk earned Grammy nominations for album of the year and record of the year (for their inescapable single "Get Lucky"), and their planned live performance with Stevie Wonder, Pharrell Williams and Chic's Nile Rodgers is the most anticipated set of Sunday's Grammy telecast.
How did such a vintage-inspired album come to dominate today's pop radio and dance floors? One answer might lie in another, less-sexy Grammy category where "Random Access Memories" is nominated: best engineered album, non-classical.