Face to Face (Daft Punk song)
|"Face to Face"|
|Promotional single by Daft Punk from the album Discovery|
|Released||October 10, 2003|
Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo
"Face to Face" is a song by French electronic music duo Daft Punk, featuring vocals and co-production by Todd Edwards. It was released as a promotional single from the 2001 album Discovery as a 12" pressing for those who pre-ordered the 2003 remix album Daft Club. As part of Discovery, the song appears in the film Interstella 5555: The 5tory of the 5ecret 5tar 5ystem, and therefore the section of the film in which the song appears serves as the music video. The song reached No. 1 on the Billboard Club chart in 2004.
"Face to Face" features Todd Edwards' famous production style of repeatingly cutting and crossing multiple tracks to produce a broken record effect.
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"Face to Face" was co-produced, co-written and features a vocal performance by Todd Edwards. Daft Punk considered Edwards to be one of the biggest influences on the duo's work, and were delighted at the opportunity to collaborate with him. The duo initially wanted to work with him on Daft Punk's debut album Homework, but had difficulty convincing Edwards as the two were not as well known at the time. When the three later recorded "Face to Face", the duo directed him to "sing a little raspier, like Foreigner".
The duo expressed gratitude in working with Edwards, and stated that after doing so, "we [Daft Punk] are free to explore other areas. It will be interesting to see what we'll do next. Now we can work with other people." Daft Punk would later reunite with Edwards for the song "Fragments of Time" in Daft Punk's 2013 album Random Access Memories. Edwards also noted that despite his success in the garage house scene, he is occasionally greeted with surprise and praise for being the singer in "Face to Face".
"Face to Face" is composed in a common time of 4/4, with a tempo of 120 BPM in the key of C-sharp minor. The song features Edwards' signature "cut-up" production style of editing samples and creating spaces in between segments to create a rhythmic, "futuristic" effect.
"Face to Face" is featured in the 2003 animated film Interstella 5555: The 5tory of the 5ecret 5tar 5ystem, which acts as a visual realization of Discovery. The film was directed by Kazuhisa Takenouchi under the visual supervision of Leiji Matsumoto. The "Face to Face" segment follows the aftermath of the extraterrestrial pop band The Crescendolls seemingly subduing the villain, Earl de Darkwood, at his Manor. Construction crews unearth the space vessel that had been piloted by Shep; he had rescued the band from enslavement and brainwashing by Darkwood, who had taken on the guise being of their manager. Police investigate the Record company the band had been signed to, and search every part of Darkwood Manor. A news report depicts montage scenes of an operation to send The Crescendolls back to their home planet using Shep's ship. The report also explains the situation and shows that The Crescendolls were not the only group to have this happen to them. One of the band members, Octave is shown in a hospital having recovered from an earlier altercation with security guards at the Record company. As the band prepares to leave Earth, people wave goodbye to the band from all over the world.
Single track listing
- "Face to Face" (original version) – 3:58
- "Face to Face" (Demon remix) – 6:58
- "Face to Face" (Cosmo Vitelli remix) – 4:53
|US Hot Dance Club Songs (Billboard)||1|
- Face to Face at Discogs
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- "Daft Punk Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Hot Dance/Club Play for Daft Punk.
- Daft Punk official site
- Daft Punk official site (German)
- Virgin Records Daft Punk official site
- Full lyrics of this song at MetroLyrics