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Single by Daft Punk
Upon analysis of the song, Michel Gondry noted its distinctive structure: “I realized how genius and simple the music was. Only five different instruments, with very few patterns, each to create numerous possibilities of figures. Always using the repetition, and stopping just before it’s too much.” He also noted the similarity between the bassline of “Around the World” and that of the Chic song “Good Times”.
A cover version of “Around the World” was released in 2006 as “Around the World Again” by Nicky Van She and Dangerous Dan. A remix of the will.i.am song “I Got It from My Mama” included a sample from “Around the World.” Daft Punk did not approve use of the sample, however, and as such subsequently refused will.i.am permission to release the remix. A music video was produced with the sample included, however. A song titled “Around the World” was released by rapper P.M. that contains a sample of “Around the World”. Señor Coconut released a cover of “Around the World” on his 2008 album, Atom™ presents: Around the World with Señor Coconut and his Orchestra.
“Around the World” was featured in one episode of first season of MTV animated series Daria. It was also used in the video games Dance Central 3. And Used In Promo Videos Of Ubisoft Series Rayman Raving Rabbids 2
This is meant to be a visual representation of the song; each group of characters represents a different instrument. According to Gondry’s notes, the robots represent the singing voice; the physicality and small-minded rapidity of the athletes symbolizes the ascending/descending bass guitar; the femininity of the disco girls represents the high-pitched keyboard; the “itchy” skeletons dance to the guitar line; and the mummies represent the drum machine.
“Around the World” was Gondry’s first attempt at bringing organized dancing to his music videos. “I was sick to see choreography being mistreated in videos like filler with fast cutting and fast editing, really shallow. I don’t think choreography should be shot in close-ups.” The sequence, initially developed by Gondry, was further expanded and streamlined by choreographer Blanca Li. Costumes for the video were designed by Florence Fontaine, the mother of Gondry’s son. The flashing lights were operated by the director’s brother, Olivier “Twist” Gondry. As Michel Gondry stated, “It all came down to a family affair.”
Elements of the music video appear in the video for the LCD Soundsystem song “Daft Punk Is Playing at My House”. The overall design has also been replicated for the Freemasons’ “Rain Down Love” video.