In my excitement for Daft Punk’s previous blog, I came across this song from Stardust, a collaboration between French producers Thomas Bangalter (one half of Daft Punk), Alan Braxe, and vocalist Benjamin Diamond. Together they released only one single “Music Sounds better With You” in 1998. And it’s one. Rocking. Single.
The track uses a sample from Chaka Khan’s “Fate,” to which the band added horn samples, windy synths and a catchy hook and voila! You get a club classic. After debuting the song at the Winter Music Conference in Miami in 1998, the hit quickly spread to dance floors everywhere. And it did well in the charts too: “Music Sounds Better With You” reached #2 in the United Kingdom and spent two weeks at #1 on Billboard Hot Dance Music/Club Play chart in the United States in August and October 1998 respectively.
The music video follows a young boy in Texas who decides to build a model airplane as a way to get away from his parents fighting, while the “Top 5” plays on the living-room TV in the background. Stardust appears in the rankings wearing masks (a trend Daft Punk later continues) and dancing on top of a cloud, climbing their way up to the number one spot. When the boy completes his project he throws his plane in the air over a field and it gets stuck in a cloud, but Stardust is there to send it back. How sweet!