It’s a rarity getting a glimpse of the men of Daft Punk underneath their iconic helmets, but that’s exactly what they’ve offered after unearthing rare footage from a 1997 performance.
The clip, which was uploaded to Daft Punk’s YouTube channel, showcases Thomas Bangalter and Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo performing live at the Mayan Theater in Los Angeles during a performance going back decades in the archives—all the way back to 1997.
The unmasked dance music legends are seen tearing up the dancefloor with their lively track, “Rollin’ & Scratchin’.” The energizing cut appeared on Daft Punk’s debut album, Homework, which charted in 14 countries and helped tee up a global electronic music paradigm shift.
As longtime fans are aware, unmasked photos of Bangalter and de Homem-Christo are few and far between. There were early-career cover shots of the artists in their formative years, but once their robotic future was fully envisioned by Tony Gardner, a cinematic effects specialist and makeup designer, there was just no going back.
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The illuminating glimpse into Daft Punk’s past arrives in lockstep with the 25th anniversary edition rollout of Homework. Check out the footage below.