Bang bang. It’s the double bang of Bangalter and Bangalter. We know the son, Thomas Bangalter, half of Daft Punk. We had forgotten the father, Daniel Bangalter (stage name: Daniel Vangarde), who wrote 350 songs, collaborated with Sheila, Joe Dassin, Carlos, produced and co-composed “C’est bon pour le morale” by La Compagnie créole, but also the disco of the Gibson Brothers (“Cuba”).
This shows how, from father to son, the Bangalter line aligns the “bangers”.
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Son of a doctor, Daniel gave birth to Thomas, child of the ball – and of the “Masked Ball”, as La Compagnie créole says: Daft father, Daft son, don’t these two “Dancin’Machines” have a double propensity for groove and make themselves invisible to the media?
At 75, Vangarde, established in Brazil, publishes a compilation of his label Zagora, whose spirit, mischievous and dancing, could be summed up by this title: “As soon as you said disco you said everything” (Rocky & Vandella), or, as Daft Punk would later say, “Lose Yourself to Dance”.
Thomas Bangalter often paid tribute to his fathers in music. In “Teachers”, Daft Punk lists the names of 45 musicians (from Waxmaster to Lil Louis), in homage to its aesthetic roots. The duo also devoted a title to Giorgio Moroder (Moroder by Giorgio). But Thomas, unless I’m mistaken, never music, even by some phantom sample, his debt to Daniel. Out of modesty or affectionate proximity. Or probably because the thing was self-evident.
For the drug addicts of the “Club Dorothée”, it is difficult not to melt cuteness while listening, on the paternal compilation, “Who is going to keep my crocodile this summer? “. Eternal song by Ottawan where perhaps a secret self-portrait of Vangarde is hidden: “He is very nice/He’s an eclectic crocodile/He loves music/From free jazz to classical. » All carried by a synthesizer (Korg MS 10?) à la Jacno.
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The track “Laugh” is more conceptual: in a P-Funk atmosphere à la Parliament, a deep bass invites you to gun down the dancefloor, on a song whose only words are an inextinguishable and cryptic laughter.
As for “Palace Palace” and its Vocoder, it evokes the Californian period of Patrick Juvet from “I Love America”., speculating, as Daft Punk will, on the ecstasy of repetition and “One More Time”.
In the name of the father, the son and the holy boogie, when will the third generation of the Bangalter groove?
The Vaults of Zagora Records Mastermind (1971-1984)by Daniel Vangarde (Because Music)