On this day 26 years ago, a review was published in Melody Maker that would shape music history, at least for two young Paris-based musicians.

In early 1993 Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo and Thomas Bangalter’s early 90s band, Darlin’, shared space on an seven-inch double pack with the likes of Huggy Bear and Stereolab, on the indie label Duophonic Super 45s.

Darlin’s contribution to the EP were two fuzz-guitar led efforts, Cindy So Loud and a cover of the Beach Boys track that reportedly gave the band its name, Darlin’.


Reviewing the EP in the 1 May 1993 edition of Melody Maker, Dave Jennings described the group’s effort as “daft punky thrash”, thereby inadvertently setting in motion events that would lead to the robots we know and love today.

Following one throwaway comment from reviewer Dave Jennings, dance music would never be the same again


Darlin’ never recovered from this early setback (thankfully), but as for the rest of the EP?

“The only think I’m sure of is that lots of copies of this immensely indulgent curio will be making their way into record shops’ second hand racks over the next few weeks,” Jennings wrote.

History has a funny way of panning out, doesn’t it? 🙂


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