It's no secret that Daft Punk's "Get Lucky," featuring the vocal chops of Pharrell, is set to dominate the summer. Like Nelly Furtado's "Promiscuous" was to 2006, or like Katy Perry's "California Gurls" was to 2010, so, too, will Daft Punk's latest offering soon ring through our head in board meetings and family getaways, growing from infectious hit to infected affliction. It will be inescapable. It will be all-consuming. It will be a marking post of this decade.
Don't believe me? We have the court documents to prove it.
Now, this document -- an opinion issued on Wednesday out of the First District Court of Appeals of Texas -- looks as dry as you could hope to find at first read. Detailing an appeal of Bradley Ray McClintock, the court remanded the earlier findings against the defendant, noting that the marijuana seized in the initial search did not come pursuant to a warrant with probable cause. (Much like former Rice Director of Player Development Damon Stoudamire, come to think of it.)
And yet, as you begin reading into the background of the case, you'll see that the McClintock may not have been the only one smoking. On page 13, detailing the "[o]bserved activity" of McClintock, the opinion goes into the greatest, and catchiest, details you'll ever read:
Indeed, on its face, the activity described by the officer is "apparently innocent" and is equally consistent with other "possible ... activity" that happens during the night at times before and after ... business hours, including walkin' after midnight, working a hard day's night, drinking champagne 'til early morning, or just staying up all night for good fun.
That's it. No attributable quotation. No further reason why these suggestions are offered, or why they've been selected. Just a run-down of some of the finest pop songs you'll ever need to know.
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For those of you who still haven't picked up on the allusions, the footnotes should clear things up:
3. See, e.g., PATSY CLINE, WALKIN' AFTER MIDNIGHT (Decca 1957) ("I go out walkin' after midnight / Out in the moonlight, just like we used to do / I'm always walkin' after midnight, searching for you").
4. See, e.g., THE BEATLES, A HARD DAY'S NIGHT (Parlophone 1964) ("It's been a hard day's night / And I've been working like a dog")
5. See, e.g.d CAL SMITH, DRINKING CHAMPAGNE (Kapp 1968) ("I'm drinking champagne, feelin' no pain 'til early mornin' / Dining and dancin' with every pretty gil I can find"); GEORGE STRAIT, DRINKING CHAMPAGNE (MCA 1990) (same).
6. See, e.g., DAFT PUNK (FEATURING PHARRELL WILLIAMS), GET LUCKY (Columbia 2013) ("She's up all night 'til the sun / I'm up all night to get some / She's up all night for good fun / I'm up all night to get lucky").
Over 50 years later, we're still talking about Patsy Cline. It's likely we'll be dancing to "Get Lucky" just as long. Hope you guys are ready.