Harder Better Faster Stronger: The Song That Proved Daft Punk’s Genius
15 years after the release of Daft Punk's famous single "Harder Better Faster Stronger", Daniel Jeakins explores how the track was so forward thinking and why it has become so timeless.This article originally appeared on Huffington Post
For all the gifts electronic deities Daft Punk have bestowed upon pop music, no track feels quite as iconic or ingenious as Harder Better Faster Stronger.
Released on October 13th 2001 - a time in which the French duo’s legendary second album Discovery was still gaining traction - the single was unlike anything that had been come before it.
Fifteen years on from its release and it’s hard to think of a dance track that’s as prominent in popular culture or influential to modern electronic music.
The track’s simplicity is perhaps its greatest trait. Built entirely around Edwin Birdsong’s Cola Bottle Baby, a forgotten seventies funk track, Harder Better Faster Stronger‘s innovative use of sampling feels like a precursor to modern house music.
It comes as little surprise that the likes of Skrillex and Deadmau5 cite the French duo as their greatest influence. Discovery surely stands as one of electronic music’s best, most influential records - and Harder Better Faster Stronger is the album’s most forward-thinking, innovative track.