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  • Writer's pictureMartin van Zeelandt / TCD

Daft Punk - Alive 2007

If there's one act I would have loved to have witnessed live, it has got to be Daft Punk. Sadly they are no more. They might have gone separate ways, but they are still with us for the rest of our lives. Daft Punk were trendsetters, and made people with helmets look cool and futuristic. It doesn't matter which country you live in, which side of the world, and how old or young you are: we all know Daft Punk. Some might know them from their early years, and some from when they came back into the top 40 with collaborations with artists such as Nile Rodgers and Pharrell. But we all know them, we all love them, and they introduced the world to French dance music. Love them or hate them, they have achieved tremendous success. And still remained down to Earth, not even knowing who were behind the helmets. But does that really matter?

Daft Punk obviously was one of the biggest duos in the world, and have gained a massive cult following over the years. My introduction into their vision of Dance music was back in the mid 90s, when Da Funk and Alive were big hits. But obviously they hit the world by storm with their smashing hit 'Around The World'. That is what made them superstars. And once they released their album 'Homework', I became hooked. I became a fan.

By many they are seen as one of the most influential acts in dance music history, and I have to underline that fact. And when I saw their Alive 2007 video appear in one of their music videos, I knew I missed out on one hell of a party. And those that have been, would have experienced a fantastic musical event happening in front of them. And they didn't know it at the time, but they were there at one of the coolest livesets ever. I am now watching the whole set in 2021, and it still gives me goosebumps, even though I haven't been to the event. But just to hear the crowd scream so loud because of their excitement, is just immense.

Obviously this was recorded back in 2007, and contains all the big hits from the early years too, which is awesome. And it's roughly an hour and a half long, mashup together nicely. And of course, the main reason why it appeals to so many, are the visuals. If you've not seen the video, go and watch it now. This is super dope. Even for 2021 standards this is one amazing set.

The songs they played during their set were obviously from their three albums (Homework, Discovery, and Human After All). Curious which ones they played? Common, you all know these anthems. It's bloody Daft Punk, right?

  1. Intro

  2. Daft Punk - Robot Rock / Oh Yeah

  3. Daft Punk - Touch It / Technologic

  4. Daft Punk - Television Rules The Nation / Crescendolls

  5. Daft Punk - Too Long / Steam Machine

  6. Daft Punk - Around The World / Harder Better Faster Stronger

  7. Daft Punk - Burnin' / Too Long

  8. Daft Punk - Face To Face / Short Circuit

  9. Daft Punk - One More Time / Aerodynamic

  10. Daft Punk - Aerodynamic Beats / Forget About The World

  11. Daft Punk - The Prime Time Of Your Life / The Brainwasher / Rollin' / Alive

  12. Daft Punk - Da Funk / Daftendirekt

  13. Daft Punk - Superheroes / Human After All / Rock'n Roll

  14. Main Show End: Intermission

  15. Daft Punk - Encore (Human After All / Together / One More Time / Music Sounds Better With You)

The world was such a different place back then. Yes, the people there had mobile phones, but they had shitty cameras, so they weren't constantly streaming it to social media. People were experiencing a monumental set, a pivotal moment in our lives. Maybe the greatest set ever? Would you go that far, and credit this to the number 1 position? Was and is this still one of the finest sets ever?

The people were having it. And they knew each and every song. This was way before their different musical path they followed, and it was so damn cool to hear these mashups they did of their best records. And the legendary pyramid they stood in. And the visuals. Just the whole package was awesome. And I'm regretting not seeing them live. Them and the Prodigy, those were the two names I would have seen live, but sadly that will never happen again.

2021 isn't just shit because of COVID, but it also is the year when Daft Punk decided to end the group, by splitting up. But instead of focussing on what we are missing, let's focus on what they have achieved? From playing without helmets in small clubs, to dominating the charts, and having their own party back in 2007. And winning literally every award on the planet. They have done it all. Did they make music for a film? Yes. Did they make their own film? Yes. Did they inspire many upcoming artists? Yes. In short, they gave us something to dance to, and music so catchy, it will outlast us all by millions of years.

If aliens land on Earth, we need to give them a Daft Punk album. They do speak on behalf of us all. And yet their music carried multiple messages, forgotten by the majority of people. And what about their message, why they wear helmets? It's to focus on the music, and not the people behind the act. They have done a remarkable job, and we should embrace what they have done for us, humans after all, and not what we are missing.

A fanfuckingtastic set. I wish I could go back in time and see them perform. I would give my all to experience it. I grew up with Daft Punk, and they are of such importance to me, you wouldn't have a clue. Their music didn't just reach me, but the whole world. And showed the world that their approach to music was the way forward. Their music was groundbreaking. And even in 2021 their music matters. Each song had a powerful message behind it. But obviously the main message was: to dance until you drop. And sing their anthems out loud.

There are simply too many records to choose from, and call my favourite. This whole set has been extraordinary, and I would like to nominate them all. Each record is just epic, and even their mashed mashups are awesome. I just freaking love Daft Punk.

Thanks Daft Punk for creating memories. And reminding us of who we are.

Act: Daft Punk

Genre/Style: Electro, House, Disco

Liveset Info: Recorded @ Alive 2007

Length Liveset: 01:26:15

Tracks: 15+ (fifteen+)

Download/Listen (via Youtube): VIEW HERE

File Size: unknown

File Type: unknown

Release Year: 2007 / 2021

Audio: Stereo

Sample Rate: unknown

More Information: Daft Punk - Official Website

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