Bête comme ses pieds

daft-punk-get-lucky-puresang-festival-mixI’m used to feeling like I live under a rock, surrounded as I am by teenagers who are aware of the latest in all things. It happened again, recently. I’d vaguely heard of the group Daft Punk, but I hadn’t heard that their new hit single, Get Lucky, on the album Random Access Memories, featuring Pharrell Williams, is at the top of the charts all over. Daft Punk is duo of French musicians, Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo and Thomas Bangalter, who specialize in electronic music. The two met in lycée in Paris. Their early songs were Beach Boys covers that a reviewer referred to as “a daft punky trash.” They adopted the insult as the name for their group.

daft-punk-ramTheir shtick includes wearing robot costumes while they perform live.  Daft Punk won a Grammy for the Best Electronic/Dance Album in 2007. They also had success with the soundtrack for the film Tron: Legacy that included an eighty-five piece orchestra. They made a cameo appearance in the movie as futuristic DJs. Louis Vuitton used the duo for the music for his Spring/Summer show in 2008. They’ve also appeared in ads for The Gap, a Sony mobile phone, and Adidas. Hardly any pictures of their actual faces exist at all.

Daft Punk's cameo appearance in Interstella 5555

If you want to call someone “daft” in French, bête is a likely option. An expression that uses it is bête comme ses pieds (bet kum say pea-ay), which literally means “daft like his/her feet.” It’s pretty silly sounding, but saying things like “he’s as crazy as bedbug” are just as bête.

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About Patricia Gilbert

Patricia Gilbert is a French teacher. She's Canadian, lives in the United States, but dreams of living in France. Follow her on Instagram @Onequalitythefinest and on Twitter @1qualthefinest.
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2 Responses to Bête comme ses pieds

  1. Cliff Gilbert says:

    Well, If you are hiding under the rock, then I must be the fossil in the rock.

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