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Junior Wells is dead. So is Little Walter, Sonny Boy Williamson, and Jimmy Reed. What if these legendary harmonica players were alive though? Would they still be making music? Would the world have caught up to them? And perhaps most importantly, would they be Daft Punk fans?
Probably not. If they were though, the pairing would have sounded like Son of Dave. The former Crash Test Dummy blues-stomps his way through “Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger” with harmonica and shaker by his side. The loop pedal offers the only sign it’s not 1947. That and the fact that it’s on YouTube. To call it “different” is like calling Charlie Musselwhite “pretty good.”
If you don’t think you know “Harder,” trust me…you do. It may be Daft Punk’s most famous song, for reasons that don’t have much to do with Daft Punk. First came the “Daft Hands” viral video (42 million views and counting). Then Kanye West borrowed most of the song for mega-hit “Stronger.” Daft Punk purists hated it; the rest of the world loved it. Everyone can rally around this gut-bucket cover.