The Paper of Record seems to have a lot of trouble writing about hit records. The New York Times has once again messed up while writing about the French DJ duo, following the band's part in one of the more embarrassing Times corrections in recent memory.
Daft Punk's "Get Lucky" peaked at number two on the Billboard charts, but it was still one of the most popular songs of the summer. And thanks to a memorable hook and Pharrell's beautiful voice, the song will live on at weddings. So it's fitting that the Times' latest Daft Punk-related mistake came in the paper's regular weekend Vows section. On Sunday, media overseer Jim Romenesko noticed this correction attached to a recent Vows column:
Correction: October 5, 2013
An earlier version of this report misspelled the name of the designer of the bride’s dress for the Sept. 28 ceremony. It was Lazaro, not Azzaro. In addition, the report incorrectly stated when the groom’s father, Philippe Cousteau, Sr., died in a seaplane crash. He died six months before Mr. Cousteau Jr. was born, not when he was a baby. And, finally, the report misstated the name of the Daft Punk song played at the Sept. 28 ceremony. It was “Get Lucky,” not “Get Funky.”
The mistake would otherwise go unnoticed if it wasn't for the paper's hilarious history of trouble with Daft Punk corrections. Earlier this summer, another Times article about Daft Punk got the band's name wrong -- twice:
Correction: May 31, 2013
Because of editing errors, an article on Thursday about a duo that has its first Top 10 single and its first No. 1 album on the Billboard album chart misstated its name at two points. As the article correctly noted elsewhere, it is Daft Punk — not Daft Puck or Daft Pink.
It's unfortunate Daft Punk's polite, hockey-obsessed Canadian cousins aren't real. They would have very strong feelings about, say, fighting in hockey. Meanwhile, people are getting a kick about the paper's continued struggles with the French DJs:
The New York Times’ Daft Punk problems persist. http://t.co/e6IbJeIodw— Will Rahn (@willrahn) October 6, 2013
Yet another Daft Punk correction for the NY Times! http://t.co/UCSwUiR1Aq— Sam Litzinger (@SamLitzinger) October 6, 2013
But perhaps the Los Angeles Times' Matt Pearce said it best: "Daft Punk is the New York Times copy desk's white whale." They'll get lucky soon, even if it takes all night.
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