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Thursday, 17 October 2013

Interstella 5555

I love this movie.  I can't really explain why.  It started out as just a few music videos put together, but then it became a full story involving, kidnapping, alien fantasy and Daft Punk.  I unofficially heard the first song on the album when I was about 9 or 10 it was playing on the bus heading for a school I went to.  Said school was hell, but this was one of the happier memories of my childhood.  I officially heard Daft Punk during Much Music's Video On Trial, they did a review of one of their first songs "Da Funk" But I didn't hear a full album of their music until Tron Legacy.  This on the otherhand was Daft Punk's equivalent to The Wall only their story made more sense.

In the far reaches of space, there lived a race of humanoid aliens. They looked like us, but had Jetson style clothing and Smurf Skin.. The main protagonists are a nameless rock band, that entertain the masses in a never ending party.  The party is cut short when a group of humans incapacitate and capture the band and take them through a wormhole, that leads them to earth. Then and there, they become humanfaced and brainwashed into working concerts by Earl De Darkwood; a manager obsessed with getting gold records.  They are then renamed, The Crescendolls:  Stella the Bassist, Arpegius the guitarist, Baryl the drummer and Octave the Keyboardist/Vocalist.  However the result leaves them overworked and on the brink of exhaustion.  Meanwhile back in space, Shep, the only blue guy that actually had a name, catches wind of the kidnapping by his planet's guards.  He hightails after them in his own guitar shaped ship, mostly out of his near stalkerish crush on Stella.  He makes it and manages to free the band save for Stella, who he couldn't get to in time. Shep gets wounded as they make their escape and the rest of the band race to get Stella out of Earl's clutches. Upon rescuing her, they discover a horrible truth behind Earl's scheme and try to stop him.

Now for the fun part, Could It Exist In Real Life?

Now if you been around long enough you'd know I said time and again, that there is no proof of alien life, let alone humanoid alien life. However if it did exist what better way to hide it through today's musicians.  That's right folks. While there is no evidence to state it, this movie flat out says that every great Gold Record worthy musician from Mozart's time to now is an alien.  Which if that is proven true would explain why the music is so powerful.

The next thing is Earl's Scheme.  In the Veridis Quo segment, the Crescendolls discover that Earl has been trying to harness the power of golden records.  He does this, by sacrificing the musicians to a machine mix of technology and alchemy and in turn, harness their power into golden records.  Earl needs 5555 records in order to be powerful enough to take over the universe. Hence the title. While this machine does not exist, the concept behind it does.  Music is a very powerful weapon.  It has been used to alter various courses of history.  From the classical days to now, we either have a genre to love or have one to hate. Either way because of it, some of us strive to be musicians in order to either pay tribute to the things we listen to, or top off the ones we don't like. Music can be used for good or in Earl's case pure evil depending on the motive.

Last but not least, the two robotic musicians that attended the gold record ceremony. They not only exist, but they are the only thing I written about that are exactly the same as their movie counterparts.  They are Daft Punk.  That is exactly what they look like when out in public.

As usual debate, argue and let me know what I missed. Stay Tuned For More and don't forget to read this One More Time.

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