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.