By Scott T. Sterling

While anticipation can’t seem to get any higher for the release of Daft Punk’s forthcoming Random Access Memories album, the first single, “Get Lucky,” is set to debut tonight at midnight eastern time, 9 p.m. pacific time.

The song was introduced to the world back on March 2 with the first airing of the Random Access Memories TV commercial during Saturday Night Live. That 15-second snippet of “Get Lucky” was remixed and re-edited into countless versions, including the popular video featuring Parks and Recreation character Ron Swanson dancing to the funky disco groove, which also features production legend Nile Rodgers (of the band Chic) on guitar.

Pharrell Williamsparticipation in the song was revealed at the first weekend of this year’s Coachella, when a video teaser featuring a longer cut of “Get Lucky,” including the Neptunes producer on vocals, was aired just moments before the Yeah Yeah Yeahs took the stage. Audio from that video was also re-edited into even more online versions, some of which were mistaken for the real thing.

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(Columbia Records)

What the world has already heard of the song supports the band’s recent claims that the new album harkens back to dance music of a bygone era, utilizing session players who’ve worked with Michael Jackson and Herbie Hancock instead of just computers and samples.

“The 1970s and the ’80s are the tastiest era for us,” Daft Punk’s Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo told Rolling Stone. “And all these guys were tripping on meeting again and playing together again. It’s not that we can’t make crazy futuristic sounding stuff, but we wanted to play with the past.”

The world’s first full listen to Random Access Memories will happen on May 17 when the album will be played during the kick-off party for the 79th annual Wee Waa Show in the tiny rural town of Wee Waa, Australia.


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