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Today’s Throwback Thursday is here for one purpose and one purpose only, to remind us all of why we love Daft Punk so much. All disparate feelings  about the new album aside, Daft Punk are one of the best electronic acts to ever grace our aural synapses, both live and in the studio. What Alive 2007 did was both, breaking the barrier between a live and studio album, enrapturing the best outtakes of both.

The music sphere has often named Daft Punk’s Alive show the best live show ever to appear on stage. Those who bore witness to the spectacular Pyramid, glossy dystopian helmets, frantic feet, ecstatic hands and thumping set would be strained to disagree.  But it wasn’t the aesthetics that made the show so reminiscent, indeed in true Daft Punk form it was the album that brought it home. The funk rooted electro hits of Daft Punk’s groundbreaking Discovery, sliced, diced and mashed with the not so groundbreaking Human After All, correlated into whole new live songs that brought the live album together. The cheers of the crowd can be heard as each song matriculates into the next, a seamless river of electro-funk perfection that you never want to end.

What’s really astounding about the album though is the history that led up to it. After Discovery’s initial trailblazing success in 2001, the duo engaged in a rather troublesome period, where the pressures of making an album to equal Discovery were unfathomable. Human After All scraped the bottom of Daft Punk’s musical barrel, creating a gloomy, angsty escapade which really didn’t showcase who Daft Punk were at all, or maybe it did provide a completely accurate portrayal of the duo’s headspace at the time. Regardless, where Alive steps in is truly remarkable. They were able to take the dour tracks from Human After All and synthesize them with Discovery’s pop funk to create the nectar that would pollinate audiences ‘around the world’. What Discovery and Daft Punk were able to do for Human After All was nothing short of a miracle; they uplifted the tracks, creating live mixes which took the best elements from the latter and backing them with chart-topping hits of Discovery. The fusion created an unprecedented successful live album, showcasing not only what it means to be fantastic producers but also an innovative DJ’s. Alive 2007 gave the fans what they wanted, a nostalgic throwback to the hits, as well as setting Daft Punk back on musical track, throwing them back into the spotlight they originally owned.

The iconic 3D triangle served as a reminder to the world: Daft Punk is back. They literally repeated “Fuck It” during Touch/Technologic, the album’s second powerhouse track. That Daft Punk chose to not make a Alive DVD, but instead focused completely on the music goes to show the sheer awesomeness and vivaciousness that lies with Daft Punks craftsmanship. The sensual explosion more than overcompensated for the lack of atypical visual accompaniment, and as Thomas Bangalter commented “The thousands of clips on the internet are better to us than any DVD that could have been released.” The shows incorporated more than their fair share of visual effects, from sparkling flames, fireworks and tantalizing lights to futuristic robotic visuals, Daft Punk knew how to put on a show.

In pure testimony to the album though, regardless of a live embodiment, if you were to sit at home with a pair of headphones, a smile could still not help but cross your face. On a road trip with friends, old relic dance moves from a bygone era would surely be busted out, and fingers would be pointed saying:

“Fuck, I forgot how good Daft Punk are!”

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