Lose Yourself to Dance

Album: Random Access Memories (2013)
Charted: 49

Songfacts®:

  • This ode to the dance floor was the result of Daft Punk's desire to create dance music with live drummers. The French duo told Le Nouvel Observateur that they are proud that Random Access Memories features strictly live drums, with the exception of one track.

    John Robinson Jr., a session musician who played drums on Michael Jackson's Off the Wall LP, provided most of the stick work for the set. The only other drummer to play on the album was Omar Hakim, who has hit the skins for Stevie Wonder.
  • The sturdy funk track features Pharrell Williams's trademark falsetto whilst Chic songwriter and axeman Nile Rodgers does the business on the guitar. The same duo also worked with Daft Punk on Random Access Memories' lead single, "Get Lucky."
  • Pharrell likened the track to David Bowie's classic mid-'80s cut with Mick Jagger,"Dancing In The Street." "'Lose Yourself To Dance' makes me feel like walking down the street in the middle of the night in London and it's 1984, 1985," he told Vibe magazine. "I don't hear '70s in that at all. For me, it doesn't sound at all like a Bowie record, but I feel like David Bowie would have loved that record. He could actually sing it."
  • Nile Rodgers didn't have to think twice about taking part in the song's Soul Train-esque music promo. "The Daft Punk video came about like this: 'Hey Nile, what are you doing?' 'I'm in Europe.' 'Can you get over here and do a music video?' 'Sure, OK, cool.' It was that simple," Rodgers told MTV News. "We had such a great time making the record that we bonded in such a way that's probably, you know, a lifelong bond. So doing the video was nothing. It was my pleasure and honor to do it."

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