Did Daft Punk Steal “Get Lucky”? (Daft Punk vs. Milks)

As much as I love the French electronic duo Daft Punk and their great funky single “Get Lucky” (May 2013) I have to call into question the strong similarities of a track called “Get Out” (Posted April 2011 on Soundcloud) by an unknown French trio by the name of Milks. This gem was just brought to my attention by Eleanor. I see there are a few videos on YouTube  pointing this out but I’m surprised this hasn’t become a bigger deal on the internet.   “Get Lucky” is also co-written by Pharrell Williams who has made a few appearances on this site (links below).

Listen for yourself!

Daft Punk - "Get Lucky" (2013)
Milks - "Get Out" (2011)

I think maybe the chorus melody works even better with this comparison:

Daft Punk - "Get Lucky" (2013)

Here are some links for Milks if you are interested:

Milks on SoundCloud

Milks on YouTube

For more Pharrell Williams on this site check out:

Diet Coke vs. Pharrell Williams

Ed Sheeran “Sing” (co-written by Pharrell) vs. Yacht vs. The Rolling Stones

UPDATE 9/22/2014:
Eleanor suggested the following and it’s pretty damn interesting. Check out this snippet of prodigal guitar player Zack Kim performing an original guitar track called “Robot Dance”. Even the name is somewhat coincidental. This is from a fan channel on YouTube so I can’t really verify much other than that it was uploaded on December 22, 2011. Full video is below.

Zack Kim - "Robot Dance" (2011)

I think this compares best with the”Get Lucky” pre-chorus:

Daft Punk - "Get Lucky" (2013)

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13 Replies to “Did Daft Punk Steal “Get Lucky”? (Daft Punk vs. Milks)”

  1. H.D. Bruton

    Hey, I love Daft Punk too, but I don’t think that using a similar progression is cause enough for people saying they stole their song. I mean, hell, you might as well say that “Demons” by Imagine Dragons steals the chords from “With or Without You” by U2.

    One thing I do know is very similar, though, is that the opening to Daft Punk’s “Aerodynamic” sounds a lot like the opening to AC/DC’s “Hells Bells.” I know I may just be nitpicky because they’re the sound of bells, but I swear that every time I hear Hells Bells I think they’re playing Aerodynamic. It’s the same pitch and everything. Just saying.

        1. Mark Adams

          The Na Na Na Na Na Nas make up a melodic part which is longer than the pre-chorus of Get Lucky, so I guess Robot Dance is closer. Anyway, Daft Punk must also be inconsistent in the way they go about sampling. Odd, I would have thought they would either do the right thing all the time or never, yet sometimes might be more common. They have also been sampled without permission, such as by Will.i.am, with his remix of I Got it From My Mama including a sample of Around the World and Daft Punk subsequently prevented him from releasing it.

        2. Mark Adams

          And the song with the CatrianiPlay melody which I thought was called Freedom is actually Reload by Sebastian Ingrosso, Tommy Trash and John Martin (Apr 2013). I heard it again today and searched for it using a different lyrics search.

  2. Mark Adams

    I always thought this part sounded like Rich Girl by Gwen Stefani (2004), originally by Louchie Lou & Michie One (1993),and of course, the main part of that is based on If I Were A Rich Man from Fiddler On the Roof (1964). One of the suggested videos for Get Lucky is Give Life Back to Music, which is the dance/techno song with the CatrianiPlay melody I was talking about. I’ve just realised the piano part of Drops of Jupiter also has the CatrianiPlay melody.

    I’ve mentioned before about Denmark’s entry in Eurovision this year, Cliché Love Song, sounding like the verse of Drops of Jupiter (2001), etc. and refer to this as the Cliché Love Songs, except Drift Away (1973) isn’t really a love and I’ve just found out Drops of Jupiter isn’t such a cliché love song after all, which means I can only apply that to You to Me Are Everything (1976) and Tattoo (2007).



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