By Smith Galtney
Recorded during a concert in Paris, Daft Punk�s Alive 2007 CD documents the French duo�s first tour in almost a decade and appears 10 years after Homework, their now-classic debut. Lucky fans who have experienced a recent DP show -- a burlesque of choreographed LED displays, bowel-loosening beats, and robot theatrics -- know it was well worth the wait. Daft Punk�s influence on pop culture since 1997 is undeniable.
Behold five pop artifacts that owe their existence to the Daft oeuvre:
MADONNA VS. DAFT PUNK
�Da Funk Music� (2001)
A match made in disco heaven, this brilliant mash-up (readily available online) of �Da Funk� and Madonna�s �Music� is the best bootleg remix ever. And if you think that�s an overstatement, you just haven�t heard it yet.
�Daft Punk Is Playing at My House� (2005)
After name-checking the Daft boys in the 2002 single �Losing My Edge,� LCD front man James Murphy created this Grammy-nominated instant-party jam -- complete with a cowbell solo! It�s about a radio contest winner. Or a stalker. Or a teenager with multiple personality disorder.